Christopher Behais an associate editor of Harper’s Magazine. His last article for the magazine, “Supernumerary,” appeared in the March issue. His first novel will be published next year by Tin House Books
In Phoenix’s case 88 percent, which is about the industry average.
During the recent debt-ceiling crisis, Obama showed a willingness to cut almost every government social program—Medicare, Social Security, unemployment insurance. The one exception was Pell Grants. The chief aim of the compromise struck with Republicans in the House and Senate, according to the administration, was “to protect crucial investments like aid to college students.”
For-profits allocate an enormous proportion of their revenue—about one third—to advertising, another thing that distinguishes them from not-for-profit schools.
In 2009 Phoenix paid $78.5 million to settle a federal whistleblower lawsuit that challenged its recruiting practices. In August of this year the Justice Department announced that it was pursuing a similar suit against Education Management Corporation.
According to the GAO report, one prospective student was called more than 180 times in one month.
At such schools, of course, the typical Phoenix student would be eligible for substantial in-house financial aid, of which Phoenix and its ilk offer none.
Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor certificate, pronounced, by Jackie at least, “kay sack.”
There is one sector of American higher education with even worse graduation numbers than for-profit schools: public two-year colleges. These schools share an essential feature with most for-profits, which is open admission. All New York City high school graduates, for example, are guaranteed admission in one of City University’s associate’s degree programs; 75 percent do remedial work when they get there.