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Category Archives: for-profit institutions

Delbanco: Outrageous Reality

Andrew Delbanco, writing in The New York Review of Books, looks over the state of American universities, noting the promise they once represented but writing that: Today this story is stalled. … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

Peeling Back Still More Layers of the Scams Perpetuated by and through the Online For-Profit Universities

David Dayan’s article “’Chipping Away At My Soul': Insiders Detail The Decline And Fall Of Corinthian’s For-Profit College Empire” was the lead item in yesterday’s HuffPost College daily newsletter. If … Continue reading

June 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

Update on Axact, the Pakistani “Diploma Mill”

The New York Times has run a follow-up to its investigative report on the business practices of Axact, a Pakistani corporation that has advertised itself as the “largest software exporter” … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Corinthian Colleges: There Is Almost Nothing Left, but There Was Next to Nothing There to Begin With

Stephen J. Lubben has contributed an article on the bankruptcy filing by Corinthian Colleges to the New York Times. Here are some excerpts from the article, titled “Corinthian Colleges’ Lean … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

News Brief from The Onion

For-Profit College Hastily Designs Diploma For Student On Verge Of Actually Graduating NEWS IN BRIEF • Education • College • News • Business • ISSUE 51•16 • Apr 22, 2015,38464/  

April 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Meaning of the Failure of the Online For-Profit Universities

Corinthian Colleges have been forced to close their “doors.” As I reported in this blog several years ago, the Washington Post Corporation, which had derived between 50% and 60% of … Continue reading

March 28, 2015 · 5 Comments

Real Education Need Not Be Only for the Elite

Everyone seems to think that college is all about jobs. Even former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, in a column on his blog this past Sunday, “Why College Isn’t (and Shouldn’t … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Why Is the Future of the University Never a University?

In August 2014, Graeme Wood wrote an article for The Atlantic titled “The Future of College?” The tease under the headline is: “A brash tech entrepreneur thinks he can reinvent … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · 3 Comments

In Delaware, Dramatically Different Conceptions of the Current State and the Future Prospects of Higher Education

Earlier this month, Dr. Patrick T. Harker, President of the University of Delaware, wrote an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer expressing his views of the American university and the faculty … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Student Debt as a Percentage of Total Household Debt, Q4-2014

The following chart shows total household debt in the United States, broken down into its major components, in the fourth quarter of 2014: In effect, although total household debt increased … Continue reading

February 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

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