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Challenges Facing For Profit Higher Education and America - William G. Tierney, President of AERA

Posted: 11/14/2014 2:40 PM

The for-profit higher education sector has come under increased scrutiny in Congress, in response to a flurry of criticism, alleging shoddy and fraudulent practices. Reports in the New York Times, the New American Foundation and public television have shown stories of students who were defrauded – they thought they would get a job and did not, or they did not realize the large size of the federal loan they would have to pay back. One commentator charged that the entire sector is “socially destructive” and “morally bankrupt.” In arguing for public hearings on the sector Senators Franken of Minnesota and Harkin of Iowa urged that a serious look needs to be taken at the sector so that it can be brought into line and/ or shut down. These charges are based on four assumptions about for-profit higher education, all of which are faulty. There is also one significant challenge for-profits need to overcome. First, the assumptions:

Mission Metamorphosis: Organizational Life Cycles and the Future of Historically Black Colleges and Universities - M. Christopher Brown II, President, Alcorn State University

Posted: 2/14/2014 2:15 PM

The missions, populations, and function of colleges and universities have transformed since the founding of Harvard College in 1636 to include an array of institutions. The exponential growth in institutions has led to the development of varied campus contexts, organizational structures, and academic offerings. At the core of each institution is a panoply of issues endemic to the definition and fulfillment of its mission. The topic of mission is further complicated when the focus shifts to more specialized institutions of higher education like historically black colleges and universities.

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