Policy Documents

Crossing to the Dark Side? An Interview-Based Comparison of Traditional and For-Profit Higher Education

Ben Wildavsky –
December 19, 2011

Largely missing from the debate over for-profit higher education has been a more detailed look at how traditional and for-profit institutions differ in important areas like administration, instructor experience, mission and governance, data collection and use, and student recruitment and retention, writes Ben Wildavsky of the Kauffman Foundation. He interviews employees at for-profit providers, many of whom previously worked in traditional higher education, to mine their perspective.