Just How Similar? Community Colleges and the For-Profit Sector
Whereas community colleges and for-profit institutions both
provide postsecondary educational opportunities, they are different in a host of dimensions. This brief describes some of those differences—not to win a debate or suggest public policy, but to show why comparisons made between the community colleges and for-profit institutions are more limited than some may suggest. This brief presents data for community colleges and, where possible, at each level (4-year, 2-year, less-than-2-year) of for-profit
institutions to discuss distinctions that exist in terms of
oversight, service, and financing.
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