For-profit colleges

Understanding Independent Students

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A majority of undergraduates aren't considered to be financially tied to their parents.

DeVry's First Dorm

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For-profit higher education, with its emphasis on serving part-time, older students, has not traditionally been in the business of building dormitories.

But DeVry University dedicated its first dormitory last week, at its Fremont campus, outside of San Francisco. Not only is the dorm a first for DeVry, which has campuses in 22 states, but it goes against the pattern at national, for-profit colleges. The University of Phoenix and Corinthian Colleges, for example, don't have any dorms or plans to build them.

Don't Know Much About History

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Many colleges in recent years have eliminated majors or departments in relatively obscure fields, citing the need to focus on areas with growing student interest. Few, however, have taken the step Post University plans: eliminating majors in English and history and upper-level courses in liberal arts generally.

Growth of For-Profit Colleges Moderates

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Enrollment and stock growth of for-profit companies slow, but analysts say industry is still attractive to investors.

N.Y. Reins In For-Profit Colleges

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Citing scandals, state regents forbid new programs pending a review of regulations and rules.

An Agenda Begins to Emerge

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Better access for needy students and more "transparency" about colleges' performance top federal commission's early goals.

Different Interests, Same Argument

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For-profit and 2-year colleges join to oppose Pataki plan to fight abuses by limiting access to state financial aid.

The End of 'Hypergrowth'

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Monday's announcement that two private equity firms had agreed to pay $3.4 billion to buy Education Management Corp. means at least one thing: Some well-known and well-heeled financial folks decided that one of the country's most successful publicly held providers of for-profit higher education was a smart investment.

Florida Weighs Help for For-Profits

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Legislators consider a bill that would create a tuition assistance program open to students at commercial colleges.

N.Y. Proposes Tax on For-Profits

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State plan would charge commercial colleges a portion of their financial aid, and use fees to pay for fraud inquiries.

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