For-Profit Colleges: Organized for Urgency and Social “Pain”? SSS 2013

As has become my custom, I am posting my presentation slides ahead of the presentation that those so inclined can choose to not take notes.

This is my first presentation on this data — my own data — and the project is not yet complete. This is also my first big sociology room! We’ll see how it goes.

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6 thoughts on “For-Profit Colleges: Organized for Urgency and Social “Pain”? SSS 2013

  1. DeVry “Institute” became DeVry “University” in the early 2000’s. (I remember it being a Very Big Deal on campus.)

    Back then, the student body there was about 2/3 male. I don’t know if that’s still true. But when I moved to a cc in 2003, I was immediately struck at how the gender ratio had flipped.

    Whether DeVry is an outlier, or whether the gender shift you note happened sometime in the last decade, I don’t know.

  2. Here in Madison WI Phoenix has collapsed and left town, Herzing has a 60% drop in enrollment, and the local Technical College continues to bring in more and more of the cohort you say are being siphoned off by the for profits. Mostly it’s a marketing problem. We do a lousy job of outreach and only emphasize the college transfer aspect of our school. But our president is embarrassed to be at the head of a technical college and changed the school name to reflect her prejudice. Thankfully she will soon be gone.

  3. It’s interesting to read the text in your presentation since the results of your study give credence to my suspicions when I see the ads for the for-profits schools on the television. I’ve always been struck how the ads poke at the pain of the potential candidates.

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