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A Phoenix Still in Ashes: For-profit Open Admissions and the Public Good

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dc.contributor.advisor Lester, Jamie Perini, Michael
dc.creator Perini, Michael 2011-03-31 2011-05-10T17:14:13Z NO_RESTRICTION en_US 2011-05-10T17:14:13Z 2011-05-10
dc.description.abstract This thesis describes the implications of open admissions policies widely employed in higher education in the for-profit sector, and in particular by the University of Phoenix, and examines the potential effects of such procedures on the public good. This study seeks to examine these issues by comparing the University of Phoenix’s practices to those employed historically in America through the use of the framework within Cohen and Kisker’s historical analysis The Shaping of American Higher Education. After measuring for-profit practices through the historical spectrums of societal context, institutions, students, staff, faculty, curriculum, governance and finance, this work concludes that the open admissions policies utilized by the for-profits have the high potential to damage notions and actualities of the public good. The for-profit entities may exist and thrive in different niches of higher education than public or private non-profit institutions, though their practices require revision.
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject public good en_US
dc.subject civic good en_US
dc.subject for-profit en_US
dc.subject higher education en_US
dc.subject corporate business en_US
dc.subject open admissions en_US
dc.title A Phoenix Still in Ashes: For-profit Open Admissions and the Public Good en_US
dc.type Thesis en Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies en_US Master's en Interdisciplinary Studies en George Mason University en

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