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