The For-profit Not-for-profit Paradox

The traditional not-for-profit American universities, both public and private, are responsible for creating the stellar academic reputation and the unique campus and student life experience that define American higher education. Many in this category command sprawling campuses, world-class research departments, expansive sports programs and wealthy endowments. Judging by these metrics, it would be easy to assume that these institutions are best positioned to invest into the most cutting edge educational technology, advance the most exciting innovations, and globalize American education delivery. The younger for-profit higher education industry, on the other hand, has shown the ability…