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New Players, Different Game

Hardback
, 232 pages

15 b&w illus.

ISBN:
9780801886577
August 2007
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New Players, Different Game

Understanding the Rise of For-Profit Colleges and Universities

As the economic value of education increases, as more students seek to complete college courses while forgoing the "undergraduate experience," and as funding for public higher education decreases, the for-profit higher education sector has exploded. In New Players, Different Game, William G. Tierney and Guilbert C. Hentschke compare for-profit and not-for-profit models of higher education to assess the strengths and weaknesses of both.

For-profit institutions offer a fundamentally distinct type of postsecondary education. Some critics argue the institutions are so different they should not be accepted as an integral part of the American higher education system. Here, Tierney and Hentschke explore what traditional and nontraditional colleges and universities can learn from each other, comparing how they recruit students, employ faculty, and organize instructional programs. The authors suggest that, rather than continuing their standoff, the two sectors could mutually benefit from examining each other’s culture, practices, and outcomes.

William G. Tierney is University Professor, Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education, and director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis in the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California. He is the editor of The Responsive University: Restructuring for High Performance and Competing Conceptions of Academic Governance: Negotiating the Perfect Storm, both published by Johns Hopkins. Guilbert C. Hentschke is the Richard T. Cooper and Mary Catherine Cooper Chair in Public School Administration at the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California.

"The rise of for-profit higher education is a barometer of profound changes in the nation. These institutions are poorly understood and shrouded in myth. Tierney and Hentschke offer a much needed and fascinating portrait of the for-profit sector: its origins, characteristics, future, and potential impact on traditional higher education."

"An important book for everyone who cares about the health and the future of higher education."

"Those who seek to understand this vigorous sector of postsecondary education will find this book an invaluable guide to the economic and cultural issues posed by its growth."

"Some observers of the recent growth of the for-profit sector of higher education in the United States have stood aghast, some have lamented, some have ranted. Tierney and Hentschke have stepped back and produced a carefully researched, detailed, and thoughtful analysis of the phenomenon of the for-profit sector."

"This book is a must read for all who seek to learn about the transformation occurring in higher education and the implications for the future."

"This book offers a framework for understanding not just the dramatic evolution and maturation of the for-profit college sector, but the broader impacts on education policy, governance, and competition across all institution types."

"Is the rapid growth of for-profit institutions a revolutionary departure or simply the next turn of the wheel in a natural evolution of higher education? Whether you welcome this development or see it as an alarming threat, you will find this description of the new kid on the block informed, well-written, and analytical."

"This book seeks to shed light on a rapidly changing industry."

"A welcome addition to the often polemical writing about for-profits that has become particularly heated... New Players, Different Game should be added to the library of all interested in current trends in high education. Administrators and faculty members will especially benefit from the clear, balanced presentation of a wealth of information about for-profits."

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