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From Main Street to Wall Street: For-Profit Higher Education. ASHE Higher Education Report. Volume 31, Number 5. J-B ASHE Higher Education Report Series (AEHE)

  • ID: 2218122
  • Book
  • 176 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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For-profit education revealed from the inside From Main Street to Wall Street: The Transformation of For-Profit Higher Education presents a detailed look at the quickly-increasing sector of for-profit education. Tracing the history of for-profit schools to its current state, this book reveals the ongoing transformation and diversity of quality, demographics, outlook, and more. Student outcomes, academic missions, shareholder motivations, accreditation, federal regulations, and other critical issues provide the context and perspective needed to formulate strategy going forward. Insightful and comprehensive, this book is a necessary read for anyone working in education today.
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Executive Summary.


Considering the Third Sector: The New Prominence of For–Profit Higher Education.

Why Now?

Taking Aim.

The Target.

Organization of the Volume.

From the Beginning: Development of For–Profit Higher Education in the United States.

Eras of For–Profit Higher Education.

The For–Profit Sector Today.

Institutional Diversity: Classification of the For–Profit Sector.

A New Classification.

Elements of the Classification.

Types of For–Profit Institutions.

Continuing Difficulties with Classification.

Shareholder Owners: Defining an Era.

History of Shareholder Institutions.

Current Owners.

Implications of the Wall Street Era.

Measure of Success: Students in the For–Profit Sector.

Historical Perspectives.

National Datasets.

Current Trends.

Student Outcomes.

Student Motivation, Experiences, and Campus Life.

Remaining Questions.

The Academic Mission: Teaching and Learning in the For–Profit Sector.



Do Students Learn?

External Approval: Accrediting the For–Profit Sector.

Background on Accreditation.


Regional Accreditation.

For–Profit Accrediting Agencies.

Regional Accreditation of National Institutions.

Creating the Playing Field: State and Federal Regulation.

State Oversight.

Federal Oversight.

Diploma Mills.

Current Regulatory Issues.

Reflections and Future Direction.

Research Agenda.




Name Index.

Subject Index.

About the Author.

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Kevin Kinser
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