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The for-profit sector of higher education in this country has accumulated a long list of denunciations in its relatively short history. Those admonitions range from low quality education, much higher cost (including when com- pared with private, non-profit schools), generating a long-time debt burden for their users, deceptive advertising, and stigma when trying to get a job while saying that you graduated from one of those schools.

In their defense, these institutions say that they provide opportunities for people who do not havethe minimum qualifications to enter most public institutions or because of their work schedule they can only go to college online. They also claim that because they offer courses online they are “innovators” despite the fact that many public institutions o er online alternatives at much lower costs.


This work was originally published in The Edwardsville Intelligencer.



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