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Highlights from Higher Ed: Making a Profit and Getting Down to Business

1. Never too late to succeed.

In the late 1990s, only one half of Chicago students graduated high school in four years. Today, students in the city are three times more likely to graduate than not graduate in four years. What caused this shift? A change from focus on early prevention to promotion of high school success, reports this Education Week article.

2. Can a for-profit education lead to a profitable career?

Though grad enrollment at for-profit institutions is declining, black women are still continuing their educations through for-profit programs. Why is this a concern? Inside Higher Ed has the answer.

3. Building a wall around financial aid.

“The taxpayers, if they knew their dollars were going toward illegal immigrants, that’s not what their wish would be,” said Rep. John Reilly, R-Oakland Township, about legislation introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives to strengthen existing protections against non-U.S. citizens. Is it necessary, though? Opponents say no in this MLive.com article.

4. Getting down to a different business.

What leads prospective MBA students to business? More and more are looking for a career change, says U.S. News & World Report. According to the article, “52% of MBA alumni work in a different industry or job function than they did before business school, and two out of five work in an industry they hadn’t even considered before business school.”

Recommended Reading

For the Common Good: A New History of Higher Education in America
How’s your knowledge of the history of American higher education? It’ll be better after you read this title, which the author describes as “comprehensive historical analysis of higher education that is both thesis driven and grounded in original archival research.”

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