For-Profit Universities: The Shifting Landscape of Marketized Higher Education

Tressie McMillan Cottom and William A. Darity, Jr. (Editors)


Palgrave Macmillan

This volume proposes that the phenomenon of private sector, financialized higher education expansion in the U.S. benefits from a range of theoretical and methodological treatments. Social scientists, policy analysts, researchers, and for-profit sector leaders discuss how and to what ends for-profit colleges are a functional social good.

The chapters include discussions of inequality, stratification, and legitimacy, differing greatly from other work on for-profit colleges in three ways. First, the book moves beyond rational choice explanations of for-profit expansion to include critical theoretical work. Second, it deals with the nuances of race, class, and gender in ways absent from other research. Finally, its interdisciplinary focus is uniquely equipped to deal with the complexity of high-cost, low-status, for-profit credentialism at a scale never before seen.