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The business of higher education

May 26th, 2011

by Jane S. Shropshire

Lexington, KY – Ads for proprietary colleges like University of Phoenix, National College, Strayer University and others surround us on billboards and websites, in newspapers and magazines. The advertising is successful: In Kentucky alone, proprietary institutions enroll roughly 19,000. Some of these institutions do a fine job of educating those who enroll, and they follow appropriate guidelines where recruitment and financing are concerned. Unfortunately, some do just the opposite: They pressure students to enroll and take on massive debt, and some students find that their course credits can’t be transferred.

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