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Lessons from the Edge: For-profit and Non-Traditional Higher Education in America


reviewed by Kevin Kinser 2006

coverTitle: Lessons from the Edge: For-profit and Non-Traditional Higher Education in America
Author(s): Gary A. Berg
Publisher: Praeger Publications, Westport
ISBN: 0275982580, Pages: 214, Year: 2005
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For-profit higher education is no longer an invisible element of the postsecondary universe. Over the past several years, the sector has received growing attention and a robust, if still limited, literature has emerged regarding these institutions. Gary Berg has added to this literature with his provocatively titled contribution, Lessons from the Edge: For-profit and Non-Traditional Higher Education in America. In it, he takes a close look at the University of Phoenix, the largest and most well-known for-profit institution, and peripherally considers two other for-profit universities, Argosy and DeVry, as well as two not-for-profit, non-traditional institutions, Heritage College and Fielding Graduate Institute. Based primarily on interviews with administrators at each institution, Berg sets out to map the characteristics of the for-profit sector, to understand why it has been so successful of late, and to derive “lessons” that can inform—and improve—education in traditional colleges and universities. The strength of this book lies... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 47-50
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12117, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 8:47:08 AM

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  • Kevin Kinser
    University at Albany, State University of New York
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    KEVIN KINSER is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, University at Albany, State University of New York. He studies non-traditional and alternative higher education, particularly the organization and administration of for-profit and virtual universities, and the various ways in which institutions of higher education choose to serve and support students. He is the co-editor (with James Forest) of Higher Education in the United States: An Encyclopedia, a comprehensive two-volume overview of American postsecondary education since World War II. His current work includes a monograph on for-profit higher education in the United States, to be published by Jossey-Bass as a volume in the ASHE Report Series on Higher Education.
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