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

Higher Ed, Inc.

The Rise of the For-Profit University

By: Richard S. Ruch, George Keller (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 11th August 2003
ISBN: 9780801874475
Number Of Pages: 200
For Ages: 22+ years old

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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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A balanced description of how and why [for-profit colleges and universities] continue to attract growing enrollments, and his text will be useful for anyone who wants to understand this significant trend... The chapters about for-profit finance and academic culture are particularly insightful. Highly recommended. * Library Journal *
Higher Ed., Inc: The Rise of the For-Profit University offers a window into, as well as a defense of, this brave new pedagogical world. -- Christopher Shea * Washington Post Magazine *

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Confessions of a For-Profit Deanp. 1
The Playersp. 24
The History of For-Profit Education in the United Statesp. 50
The Financing of For-Profit Higher Educationp. 74
The Academic Culture of For-Profit Universitiesp. 106
Lessons from the For-Profit Sidep. 135
Notesp. 161
Indexp. 173
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ISBN: 9780801874475
ISBN-10: 0801874475
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 11th August 2003
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.32

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