For-Profit Universities

The Shifting Landscape of Marketized Higher Education

Editors: McMillan Cottom, Tressie, Darity, Jr., William A. (Eds.)

  • Studies how students move through institutional sectors in higher education
  • Compares the roles and social effects of for-profit and non-profit colleges and universities
  • Systematically analyses the operation and impact of proprietary institutions of higher education 
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This edited volume proposes that the phenomenon of private sector, financialized higher education expansion in the United States benefits from a range of theoretical and methodological treatments. Social scientists, policy analysts, researchers, and for-profit sector leaders discuss how and to what ends for-profit colleges are a functional social good. The chapters include discussions of inequality, stratification, and legitimacy, differing greatly from other work on for-profit colleges in three ways: First, this volume moves beyond rational choice explanations of for-profit expansion to include critical theoretical work. Second, it deals with the nuances of race, class, and gender in ways absent from other research. Finally, the book's interdisciplinary focus is uniquely equipped to deal with the complexity of high-cost, low-status, for-profit credentialism at a scale never before seen.

About the authors

Tressie McMillan Cottom is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA, and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University, USA. She is a former Fellow at the Center for Poverty Research at the University of California, Davis, USA, and at the Microsoft Social Media Collective.

William A. ("Sandy") Darity, Jr., is Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics, and Director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, USA. He has served as Chair of the Department of African and African American Studies and was the founding Director of the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality at Duke. 

ContributorsVictor H.M. Borden, Indiana University, USABonnie K. Fox Garrity, Accord Integrated Academic and Financial Integration, USADavid J. Harding, University of California, Berkeley, USAThomas A. Mays, Miami University, USAJane Rochmes, Stanford University, USARhonda Vonshay Sharpe, Bucknell University, USADavid Diego Torres, Rice University, USAGaye Tuchman, University of Connecticut, USAJonathan White, University and College Union, UK

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    McMillan Cottom, Tressie

    Pages 1-8

  • What Is the Difference? Public Funding of For-Profit, Not-For-Profit, and Public Institutions

    Fox Garrity, Bonnie K.

    Pages 9-25

  • For-Profit Higher Education in the UK: The Politics of Market Creation

    White, Jonathan

    Pages 27-52

  • For Profit U Through the Eyes of IPEDS: Warts and All

    Borden, Victor M. H.

    Pages 53-71

  • Social Capital Development and For-Profit Post-secondary Education: A Planned Study

    Mays, Thomas A.

    Pages 73-97

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
For-Profit Universities
Book Subtitle
The Shifting Landscape of Marketized Higher Education
Editors
  • Tressie McMillan Cottom
  • William A. Darity, Jr.
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-47187-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-47187-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-47186-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 224
Number of Illustrations and Tables
39 b/w illustrations
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