At for-profit universities, they’re not admission offices, they’re sales forces. It’s no accident that today for-profit colleges and universities are proliferating. They exist to turn a profit for investors, and that means maintaining a class of low income people. Instead of actually educating the students, these institutions are only after federal money given to students. Most of them never graduate and get nothing from the experience. In her new book, Tressie McMillan Cottom exposes the little seen problem from an insider’s perspective: as admissions officer at two for-profit colleges. The book is Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy. it is boom times for these colleges under Trump: what a surprise.

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