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The Changing Landscape of the Academic Profession: The Culture of Faculty at For-Profit Colleges and Universities


reviewed by Kevin Kinser May 31, 2006

coverTitle: The Changing Landscape of the Academic Profession: The Culture of Faculty at For-Profit Colleges and Universities
Author(s): Vicente M. Lechuga
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415976995, Pages: 222, Year: 2006
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Over the last several years, scholars of higher education have expressed a growing awareness of the importance of for-profit higher education. A number of reports, articles, and even a few books have discussed the emergence of a degree-granting, for-profit sector as a competitive force and innovative model for higher education in the United States. Positive descriptions of the sector have been countered with arguments highlighting its disruptive potential and negative consequences for the traditional academic values of educational institutions. The middle ground in this debate gets little play, as most authors conclude that, for good or ill, the future of the academy will be greatly influenced by these profit-making schools. With all the back-and-forth, the empirical basis of most analyses has been rather weak. Generally, the evidence is limited to a few statistics regarding the enormous expansion of the for-profit sector since the 1990s and a case study exemplar that demonstrates... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 31, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12524, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 5:50:35 PM

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  • Kevin Kinser
    University at Albany, SUNY
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    KEVIN KINSER is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY. He is the author of "From Main Street to Wall Street: The Transformation of For-profit Higher Education" (2006, Jossey-Bass). Kinser's current research is on the diversity and distinctiveness of the for-profit sector in the United States and globally.
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