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Documents the rise of for-profit education as a dynamic and powerful force in higher education.
Earnings from Learning examines the historical and contemporary factors that have fueled the rise of postsecondary for-profit, degree-granting institutions as a dynamic and powerful force in education. The contributors focus on such institutions as the University of Phoenix, DeVry, and Strayer to present theoretically grounded and data-driven research from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. They document unprecedented shifts in the postsecondary political economy and landscape and evaluate the implications for nonprofit institutions, including understanding the public and private benefits of higher education, postsecondary access and success, institutional resource allocation, competition, governance, and technology.
“…highly effective in providing comprehensive information, backed with statistical data, to the rise of for-profit universities…” — NACADA Journal
“This book provides analytical studies on a subject that is relatively new and not well understood. I like that the book has a point of view rather than being inert on what is a controversial subject.” — Henry M. Levin, coauthor of Privatizing Educational Choice: Consequences for Parents, Schools, and Public Policy
Contributors include David W. Breneman, Dudley J. Doane, Saul Fisher, Andreas Ortmann, Brian Pusser, Sarah E. Turner, and David A. Wolcott.
At the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, David W. Breneman is University Professor and Dean, Brian Pusser is Associate Professor of Education, and Sarah E. Turner is Associate Professor of Education and Economics. Breneman’s previous books include Liberal Arts Colleges: Thriving, Surviving, or Endangered? and Pusseris the author of Burning Down the House: Politics, Governance, and Affirmative Action at the University of California, also published by SUNY Press.
Table of Contents
David W. Breneman
Part I. Theory
1. The Contemporary Provision of For-Profit Higher Education: Mapping the Competitive Market David W. Breneman, Brian Pusser, and Sarah E. Turner
2. Higher Education, Markets, and the Preservation of the Public Good Brian Pusser
3. For-Profit Colleges in the Context of the Market for Higher Education Sarah E. Turner
Part II. Practice
4. The University of Phoenix: Icon of For-Profit Higher Education David W. Breneman
5. Profit Centers in Service to the Academic Core Dudley J. Doane and Brian Pusser
6. The Market for Higher Education at a Distance: Traditional Institutions and the Costs of Instructional Technology Saul Fisher
Part III. Political Economy
7. Capital Romance: Why Wall Street Fell in Love with Higher Education Andreas Ortmann
8. A Crowded Lobby: Nonprofit and For-Profit Universities in the Emerging Politics of Higher Education Brian Pusser and David A. Wolcott