Higher Ed, Inc.: The Rise of the For-Profit University

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JHU Press, Aug 11, 2003 - Education - 200 pages

Among higher education institutions in the United States, for-profit colleges and universities have steadily captured a larger share of the student market. A recent trend at for-profit institutions is the coupling of job training with accredited academic programs that offer traditional baccalaureate, professional, and graduate degrees. Richard Ruch, with administrative experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors of higher education, takes us inside these new for-profit institutions, describing who teaches there, who enrolls and why, and how the for-profits are managed and by whom. He analyzes their different structures, services, and outlook on higher learning and training, and explains in detail how they make profits from tuition income.

In Higher Ed, Inc., Ruch opens up the discussion about for-profit higher education from the perspective of a participant-observer. Focusing on five providers—the Apollo Group (the University of Phoenix); Argosy Education Group (the American Schools of Professional Psychology); DeVry, Inc. (DeVry Institutes of Technology); Education Management Corporation (the Art Institutes International); and Strayer Education (Strayer University)—he conveys for the first time what it feels like to be inside this new kind of American institution. He is also candid about the less attractive aspects of the for-profit colleges, including what those who enroll may give up. As Ruch makes clear, the major for-profit colleges and universities offer a different approach to higher education—one that may be increasingly influential in the future.


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There are now over 700 for-profit, degree-granting colleges and universities in the United States, more than double the number of a decade ago. Having served as an administrator at both nonprofit and ... Read full review


The Players
The History of ForProfit Education in the United States
The Financing of ForProfit Higher Education
The Academic Culture of ForProfit Universities
Lessons from the ForProfit Side

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Richard S. Ruch is an independent scholar and consultant who has worked for twenty years as an academic dean and chief academic officer in diverse institutional settings.

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