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Document Number: 9021

Just How Similar? Community Colleges and the For-Profit Sector - This brief illustrates that, while they may offer some of the same educational programs, their missions vary significantly and they serve different populations, resulting in different outcomes. Community colleges work to respond to educational, workforce and community needs. For-profit institutions are often looking toward the bottom line, with accountability to shareholders instead of students. This brief's findings show that apples-to-apples comparisons between the public and for- profit postsecondary institutions are not only limiting, but also can lead to distortions of performance. (Christopher Mullin, American Association of Community Colleges, November 2010)...

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