Meeting the explosive demand for skills that public institutions cannot always meet

March 18, 2014

Nexus recently released a study that focuses on the high costs that state taxpayers would incur if undergraduate students served by proprietary institutions instead enrolled in two- and four-year public institutions. The study calculated the financial implications in California, New York, Ohio and Texas from academic years 2007 – 2008 to 2011 – 2012.

Nexus’ study shows that there would be hefty fiscal costs if the propriety sector closed and thousands of students that are currently learning at these institutions then sought access to public colleges and universities. The study estimated that “across these four states, $6.4 billion in state appropriations would have been needed to support the education of these bachelor’s graduates and $4.6 billion to support the associate’s graduates.”

Below is the link to the report, and recent media coverage on the study.

Nexus: Do proprietary institutions of higher education generate savings for states?

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Shut down for-profit colleges? Not so fast, a study suggests

Inside Higher Ed: If for-profits vanished

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