Online Learning Update

February 28, 2012

Graduates of For-Profits Lag Behind Their Peers in Earnings and Employment, Study Finds

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

By Dan Berrett, Chronicle of Higher Ed

For-profit colleges do a good job of retaining students in their first year and getting them to finish, but over time these students also tend to fare worse than similar students at community colleges and public and private nonprofit institutions, according to a new study. Six years after they enter college, students from for-profit institutions are employed at lower rates and earn less than their peers, according to a study by three scholars from Harvard University. The scholars are affiliated with the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment, a collaboration of universities that is led by the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

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