You Can’t Get There from Here: Postsecondary Capacity, the Master Plan, and the Role of For-profit and Private Institution

Date: 
Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 11:30am

The podcast of our May 6 seminar "You Can’t Get There from Here: Postsecondary Capacity, the Master Plan, and the Role of For-profit and Private Institution" is now available online. The speaker was William G. Tierney, Ph.D., Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education and Director, Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California.

If California participates in President Obama’s goal of increasing participation in postsecondary education the state needs to add roughly 100,000 students a year for the next ten years. Public institutions do not have the ability to meet these needs under current fiscal and structural constraints. What might be the role of private and for-profit colleges and universities in meeting the needs of the state? Criticism of for-profit higher education, in particular, has made the state hesitant to see them as partners. Debt burden for students, and retention and graduation rates at for-profit institutions have made individuals skeptical about the fastest growing sector in higher education. Tierney first considers the criticism of this sector and then outlines the issues the state might consider to ensure students make informed choices, and the three sectors – public, private and for-profit – work together to meet the goal of increased access. The speaker was introduced by PACE Executive Director David N. Plank.

To view the slides associated with this seminar, click here (requires Adobe Acrobat)

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