For-profits award more degrees

More Americans are earning postsecondary degrees, according to the federal Condition of Education report. Growth is fastest at for-profit colleges and universities.

Also on Community College Spotlight:  Researchers are trying to combine data on students’ academic progress from very different colleges and universities — including for-profits, community colleges and state universities — to analyze factors that lead to success or failure.

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  1. I read that the other day, and if I remember correctly, there was some nuance to it. For-profits did really well at two-year degrees, but far less well at 4-year degrees. For that, non-profits did better.

  2. Yes, the for-profits are much better than community colleges at organizing coherent career training programs of one to two years, but nowhere near as good at getting students (who tend to be high-risk adults) to a bachelor’s degree.

  3. tim-10-ber says:

    But…we don’t need everyone to have a bachelor’s degree…but technical training in the right fields lead to nice paying careers and the chance to own one’s business…

    Do we really need community colleges? They do not seem to do a good job of getting students to complete either technical or two year degrees…

  4. I think the community colleges do a fantastic job in some two-year degree programs, and not so much in others. I’d suspect that the more established and well-defined degrees (nursing, for example) graduate and place at a very high rate while the less traditional ones (golf course management, perhaps) are less successful.

  5. community colleges should still have better quality, especially when they are teaching technical courses.