For-profit Open Admissions and the Public and Civic Good

By Michael Perini.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies

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This article describes the implications of open admissions policies widely employed in higher education in the for-profit sector, and in particular by the University of Phoenix, and examines the potential effects of such procedures on the public good. This work concludes that the open admissions policies utilized by the for-profits have the high potential to damage notions and actualities of the public good through debt accumulation, weakened curriculum and poor graduation rates. The for-profit entities may exist and thrive in different niches of higher education than public or private non-profit institutions, though their practices require revision.

Keywords: For-profit, Open Admissions, Public Good, Civic Good

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.33-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 235.629KB).

Dr. Michael Perini

Reference and Research Specialist, Fenwick Library Reference, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA

I received a Bachelor of Arts in classics and history, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2003, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta, as well as a Master of Arts in history from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2006. I completed the requirements for the Master of Arts in interdisciplinary studies for higher education at George Mason University in 2011 and began coursework for the Doctor of Arts in Community College Education, also at George Mason University. My research interests include for-profit educational institutions, distance education, and the exploration of the concepts of public and civic good.