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Document Number: 3693

For-Profit Higher Education and Community Colleges - This report presents findings from a two-year project co-directed by the Community College Research Center, Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research and the National Center for Postsecondary Improvement. The purpose of the project was to develop a better understanding of how for-profits compare to public community colleges, with respect to their students and programs, and to evaluate the extent to which the for-profit colleges compete directly with community colleges. Overall, the study identified two significant trends: (1) the quality of for-profit higher education has improved over the last decade, and (2) some of the differences between for-profits and public community colleges have faded. (Thomas Bailey, Norena Badway and Patricia Gumport, National Center for Postsecondary Improvement, 2001)...

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