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Diploma Mills: How For-Profit Colleges Stiffed Students, Taxpayers, and the American Dream

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The most significant shift in higher education over the past two decades has been the emergence of for-profit colleges and universities. These online and storefront institutions lure students with promises of fast degrees and "guaranteed" job placement, but what they deliver is often something quite different. In this provocative history of for-profit higher education, ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 15th 2016 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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Bob H
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a new and well-researched look at what the author calls for-profit colleges and universities FPCUs in his telling. He manages to pack a lot of detail on this in 148 pages, and its not just the current problem but the full history of these institutions in this country; indeed, he doesnt get to the current problem till the fifth of five chapters. First, we find that FPCUs of one sort or another had been in business, and out of business, early in the Republics history, the first big FPCU ...more
Valerie
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Diploma Mills as a book that helps you to think about the analyses of national policy and the connection between critical predatory behavior of the for-profit industry. In this books, it helps to look at reasons why for profits became what they are today and helps the reader to identify some of the practices that has led to the challenges they have faced. A quote in the book from the Department of Education summed it up this way, The crooks open one school, run thousands through their programs, ...more
Margaret Sankey
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Angulo has written a well-research history of for-profit schools, seeing their origins in the focus by traditional institutions on subjects that didn't help marginalized people get a skill they could monetize and use to move onto the lowest rungs of the white collar ladder--citing Harvard's classics orientation vs. the "commercial colleges" of the 1820s teaching clerkly handwriting. While advocates of for-profits are right about this, and the need for accessible and pragmatic rungs, the ...more
David Stewart
Mar 20, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible!

A painful read. One-sided,elitist bs. The straw man argument only works because of traditional higher education bias. It is impossible to explain the internal operation of traditional higher education. In the US it has no comparable organization. Public Universities get federal and state funding, expect hefty endowments, often have huge profit centers (football,basketball,hospitals,etc)and charge students large tuitions and room and board fees.with all this a few departments are
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Brian
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: education, economics
Diploma Mills covers the world of For Profit Colleges and Universities (FPCU) from their inception as trade schools in the colonial days to the modern incantations of Devry, University of Phoenix and Corinthian Colleges. This book confirms what most people in higher ed already know that the FPCU institutions spend 6 to 10 times more on marketing per student than instruction, the completion rates are abysmal, and they subsist off government subsidies in some cases filling false loan paperwork on ...more
Ben
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
An interesting take on the for-profit college issue by extending the discussion all the way back to the early days of the country. Perhaps the most fascinating part is a discussion of for-profit education from the 1910s to 1930s or so, which feels like it could have come word for word out of today's issues (except for the lack of an Internet).
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