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Category Archives: for-profit institutions

Margaret Spellings’ For-Profit (and Discriminatory) Past

The growing trend toward secret presidential searches and the emerging tendency of governing boards to appoint corporate executives or politicians with no experience in higher education has gained considerable attention … Continue reading

November 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

Where Student Loans Have Generated the Most Institutional Revenue

This is a very telling but self-explanatory chart from the Brookings Institute:

October 26, 2015 · 4 Comments

University of Phoenix Loses Military Students

Earlier this month, Business Insider reported that Apollo Education Group, the for-profit education company that operates the University of Phoenix, “is getting destroyed” on the stock market. Dawn Bilodeau, Chief … Continue reading

October 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Is the Exploitation of Education Coming to an End?

In The New York Times today is an article, “For-Profit Colleges Accused of Fraud Still Receive U.S. Funds.” Exploitation of the failed student loan programs (failed, that is, in terms … Continue reading

October 12, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Corporatized Globalization of Higher Education and Cotton Picking in Tajikistan

We read a great deal about the internationalization of higher education—which, in many contexts, is simply a catchphrase for the corporate provision of digitalized higher education through conglomerates such as … Continue reading

September 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Future That Is Already Here Isn’t Much of a Future

Here is the weekly newsletter from Education Dive, which focuses largely on digital innovations in higher education: The first article somewhat blithely acknowledges that “instructor availability” is one of the … Continue reading

August 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

Where shared governance goes to die.

I’ve had a strange fascination with an education start-up called Minerva for some time now. They’re a Silicon-Valley inspired online operation that has actually enrolled students now.  Yet unlike so … Continue reading

August 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Because I Am Apparently a Masochist

Phil Magness keeps attributing the growth in the percentage of part-time faculty to the rise of the for-profit universities. But his own chart seems to show that that impact has … Continue reading

August 25, 2015 · 6 Comments

The Decline of the For-Profit Colleges Continues

Forbes September 7, 2015 issue will contain an article “Black Arts: The $800 Million Family Selling Art Degrees and False Hopes” by Katia Savchuk. It’s about the for-profit Academy of … Continue reading

August 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Donald Trump and Higher Education

The title of this post is, of course, a misleading tease if you, the reader, are expecting some sort of summary of Donald Trump’s positions on higher-education issues. The Trump … Continue reading

August 6, 2015 · 1 Comment



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