For-Profit Colleges

For-profit institutions have come under fire for saddling students with too much debt and not enough job options, even as enrollment has nearly tripled to 1.8 million since 2000. New federal regulations are aimed squarely at the booming businesses, threatening to cut off student aid if too many graduates default on their loans. See all our Special Reports

A bid to show which colleges are worth the money reveals some surprises

Latest “gainful-employment” data show problems are not limited to for-profit schools

For-profit colleges stay quietly on offense

Money to Congress and for lobbying continues to flow

Under pressure, groups that assess colleges promise to take a closer look at graduation rates

Accreditation organizations will also examine loan default rates

Some surprising reasons companies are rushing to help their workers get degrees

The fine print behind the seemingly civic-spirited return to tuition reimbursement benefits

Seeking a fresh start, battered for-profit colleges give themselves a new name

Rebranding highlights a three-year strategy to reverse dramatic enrollment declines

Once-high-flying private, for-profit universities seek turnaround strategies

After crackdowns, bad PR, and crashing enrollments, schools turn back to roots

How a regulatory blind spot puts the integrity of nonprofit higher ed at risk

The implications of the rise of the covert for-profit college


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