For-profit PSE faces similar problems across countries, says study

August 17, 2016

A report out of the Centre for Global Higher Education in the UK comparing private and for-profit higher education sectors in six different countries has found that the sector provides few benefits and needs stricter regulation. The report—which compares Australia, Chile, Germany, Japan, Poland, and the United States—found key similarities between the countries’ for-profit sectors, including the fact that for-profits were typically more teaching-oriented than their counterparts. However, the report also noted that for-profit institutes were particularly vulnerable to fluctuating student demand, and that there was little evidence to support claims that for-profits improve the quality or cost of higher education. The article concludes with a call for more publicly available data on the for-profit postsecondary education sector. Inside Higher Ed