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Document Number: 6227

Notes on For-Profit Higher Education in the United States - In the United States there are about 16 million students enrolled in postsecondary education, 25% of whom are enrolled in private institutions, of which, 86% are not-for-profit. This paper examines the 14% of private institutions that are for-profit, specifically profiling the nationís largest for-profit institution, the University of Phoenix (UOP), which currently enrolls 200,000 students. The paper discusses the educational market niche that UOP fills, its sources of revenue, course offerings, faculty make-up, marketing practices and concerns about the effects that for-profit institutions may have on traditional not-for-profit institutions. (H.M. Levin, Peking University Education Review, November 2004)...

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