New Players, Different Game: Understanding the Rise of For-Profit Colleges and Universities


reviewed by Mark E. Engberg - September 03, 2008

coverTitle: New Players, Different Game: Understanding the Rise of For-Profit Colleges and Universities
Author(s): William G. Tierney and Guilbert C. Hentschke
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
ISBN: 0801886570, Pages: 232, Year: 2007
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While for-profit colleges and universities (FPCUs) have existed for decades, and certainly became noteworthy for both their rapid growth and affront on traditional notions of postsecondary education, only a handful of comprehensive works exist that effectively draw out the similarities and differences among FPCUs and traditional colleges and universities (TCUs). Tierney and Hentschke’s recent book, Understanding the Rise of For-Profit Colleges and Universities: New Players, Different Game, is an important addition to the extant literature on FPCUs that provides an in-depth examination of the fundamental characteristics of FPCUs while presenting an impartial analysis of the historical and ongoing philosophical and policy debates that undergird their dramatic rise. The authors begin their investigation by ruminating as to whether FPCUs represent a dramatic departure from traditional notions of higher education or alternatively, illuminate an inevitable transition in the evolution of the postsecondary education sector. Ultimately, the answer to this question begets a fundamental... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 03, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15358, Date Accessed: 12/8/2019 6:38:35 PM

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