Earnings from Learning

The Rise of For-Profit Universities

Edited by David W. Breneman, Brian Pusser, and Sarah E. Turner

Subjects: Education
Series: SUNY series, Frontiers in Education
Paperback : 9780791468401, 228 pages, October 2006
Hardcover : 9780791468395, 228 pages, October 2006

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Table of contents

David W. Breneman
Part I. Theory
1. The Contemporary Provision of For-Profit Higher Education: Mapping the Competitive Market
David W. Breneman, Brian Pusser, and Sarah E. Turner
2. Higher Education, Markets, and the Preservation of the Public Good
Brian Pusser
3. For-Profit Colleges in the Context of the Market for Higher Education
Sarah E. Turner
Part II. Practice
4. The University of Phoenix: Icon of For-Profit Higher Education
David W. Breneman
5. Profit Centers in Service to the Academic Core
Dudley J. Doane and Brian Pusser
6. The Market for Higher Education at a Distance: Traditional Institutions and the Costs of Instructional Technology
Saul Fisher
Part III. Political Economy
7. Capital Romance: Why Wall Street Fell in Love with Higher Education
Andreas Ortmann
8. A Crowded Lobby: Nonprofit and For-Profit Universities in the Emerging Politics of Higher Education
Brian Pusser and David A. Wolcott


Documents the rise of for-profit education as a dynamic and powerful force in higher education.


Earnings from Learning examines the historical and contemporary factors that have fueled the rise of postsecondary for-profit, degree-granting institutions as a dynamic and powerful force in education. The contributors focus on such institutions as the University of Phoenix, DeVry, and Strayer to present theoretically grounded and data-driven research from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. They document unprecedented shifts in the postsecondary political economy and landscape and evaluate the implications for nonprofit institutions, including understanding the public and private benefits of higher education, postsecondary access and success, institutional resource allocation, competition, governance, and technology.

At the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education, David W. Breneman is University Professor and Dean, Brian Pusser is Associate Professor of Education, and Sarah E. Turner is Associate Professor of Education and Economics. Breneman's previous books include Liberal Arts Colleges: Thriving, Surviving, or Endangered? and Pusser is the author of Burning Down the House: Politics, Governance, and Affirmative Action at the University of California, also published by SUNY Press.