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New America Takes Old View Of For-Profit Universities

By Alexander Russo — February 27, 2007 1 min read
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New New America higher ed guy Stephen Burd takes an unfortunately predictable and under-nuanced swipe at the University of Phoenix and for profit higher ed companies in general in his post Fed Up at the University of Phoenix.

In the piece, Burd rehashes the discredited NYT story from earlier this month, describes in broad terms other complaints about for profit postsecondary education outfits (Wall Street = bad), and calls for close Congressional scrutiny.

Come on, Stephen, you’re at New America now. Blaming Wall Street and slamming for-profits without acknowledging the massive problems facing higher ed in general (tuition costs, lending practices, lack of accountability to name a few) seems like something that’d come out of some other, less interesting think tank.

Previous Posts: More On The Times Story On Graduation Rates, Did The NYT Get It Wrong On The University Of Phoenix?, Troubled For-Profit University Raises Questions For Traditional Institutions As Well.

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