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10 February 2010 @ 12:43 pm
I don't precisely understand  
Why are institutions like the University of Phoenix referred to as "for-profit colleges", but private schools like Harvard are not?
Surrendering to the mysteryjenett on February 10th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
There's also the issue of focus (besides the other stuff mentioned): for profit schools are market driven, and therefore focus on programs that are in high demand, and generally very pragmatically minded (i.e. business courses, career and vocational courses, etc.)

The non-pragmatic courses tend to limited, and still pretty heavily focused on skill building rather than, say, literary analysis or deep history.

For example, one of my friends teaches (and is dean of general ed at) a local for-profit: she teaches general psychology, how to talk with/work with/manage others of different backgrounds (cultural competency), things like that - stuff that has job-based direct relevance.

Harvard et. all have some of the 'build skills' stuff - law, medicine, business, but a lot more of the 'study for the sake of the subject' or 'study for deeper background' or other stuff that's not as directly tied to employment.