The NYTimes has a new article up scandalizing the for-profit college industry, and rightly skewers companies like Kaplan for setting up dropout factories.
Yet, it seems strange to focus on for-profit colleges, when not-for-profit schools are often using the same tactics.
Kaplan has a graduation rate of 38%. That’s pretty bad.
Many of my former students went to Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, a decidedly non-profit traditional four-year university.
NEIU has a graduation rate of 18%. That’s horrific. But Northeastern doesn’t get a NYTimes or even a Chicago Tribune profile.
My point is that a reform of higher education should include all higher education, not simply target the schools that are making money. We often assign malignancy to organizations with a profit motive, but their net impact is probably no worse than plenty of non-profits out there. Kaplan and its ilk are simply playing the game.