Tuesday, September 25, 2012

For profit schools are dangerously close to being corporations. They are more focused on generating revenue than to providing the service schools are supposed to provide. Universities' goal should be to educate and develop young minds into prosperous intellectuals. Not to take their money and provide them with a diploma not worth the money students paid to acquire it. Up to 20% of the schools' funding is used for educating students and up to 25% is used for advertising. For profit schools make false promises in their advertisements. They just want students to attend and give them money. Many of the students can not afford the high prices demanded by for profit schools, but since they dont have a choice, they are forced to take out student loans. Taking out loans is perfectly fine if the school is going to provide the education required to find proper jobs to pay off the loans. But many of the degrees or certifications provided by the for profit schools holds no real weight with companies. Many of the for profit schools use poor techniques and limited resources to educate students faster. I want to emphasize in my paper all of these issues and further discuss the complications and challenges a student faces while attending for profit schools and after receiving a degree or certifications from the school.


  1. For-profit colleges are a good general topic, but you need to work on narrowing your interest a bit. What aspect of the for-profits interests you most?

    By the way, in the film I think they said that they spend about 10% on instruction -- maybe it is 15% -- but 20% is already generous for them. I'd be curious if there is any way to measure what students actually learn from these institutions, especially in purely online environments. Students might be better off just educating themselves, but they need someone to certify their learning, which the schools provide.

  2. Muhammad --

    We talked yesterday about switching to space exploration and universities, which seems like an interesting topic. There was an interesting symposium on that topic at SPRL in UMich, worth checking out:
    You can skip the introductory lecture, which just welcomes people to the conference, but the others definitely give a sense of the role universities play in space.

    I'll keep an eye out for other resources.

  3. You need to do the other blog posts.