Tag Archives: Private universities

Commercial pressure led to rushed job on for-profit title award

Commercial pressure led to rushed job on for-profit title award | John Morgan | Times Higher Education | 31 January 2013

Hefce uneasy over University of Law deal and process for private applicants. The government decision to approve the UK’s first for-profit university was hurried through to help meet a deadline in its sale to a private equity firm, a document obtained by Times Higher Education suggests.

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Transfer of powers: legal question hangs over University of Law

Transfer of powers: legal question hangs over University of Law | John Morgan | Times Higher Education | 29 November 2012

Legal expert identifies ‘unclear’ structure of landmark in coalition policy. The creation of the UK’s first for-profit university has left a legal expert asking whether the government has allowed degree-awarding powers to be sold or transferred – a move that is not permissible.

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Charitably minded watchdog frets over for-profits

Charitably minded watchdog frets over for-profits | John Morgan, Simon Baker | Times Higher Education | 10 November 2011

Any attempt to legislate to make it easier for private companies to take over universities could be challenged by one of the government’s own watchdogs, it has emerged. The potential impediment to buyouts has been identified amid concerns over efforts by private higher education providers to court David Willetts, with the universities and science minister holding a dozen meetings with such firms in the year to June.

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Universities could be in private hands ‘in six months’

Universities could be in private hands ‘in six months’ | John Morgan | Times Higher Education | 13 October 2011

Mooted change in legal status may allow investors to obtain degree-awarding powers.  A private equity firm or private higher education provider will buy a UK university in whole or part “within the next six months”, according to a sector legal expert.

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Trojan accreditation: Private partners pose threat in the battle for students

Trojan accreditation: Private partners pose threat in the battle for students |  Melanie Newman | Times Higher Education | 4 March 2010

Universities are being undercut by colleges’ low-fee offerings, UUK warns. Private colleges should be viewed as competitive threats to universities in the market for overseas and domestic students.

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For-Profit Colleges Change Higher Education’s Landscape

For-Profit Colleges Change Higher Education’s Landscape | Robin Wilson | The Chronicle of Higher Education | 12 February 2010

At a time when American public higher education is cutting budgets, laying off people, and turning away students, the rise of for-profit universities has been meteoric.

Enrollment in the country’s nearly 3,000 career colleges has grown far faster than in the rest of higher education—by an average of 9 percent per year over the past 30 years, compared with only 1.5 percent per year for all institutions, according to an industry analyst.

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Private bid by Melbourne Institute of Technology for deregulation dividend

Private bid by Melbourne Institute of Technology for deregulation dividend | Andrew Trounson | The Australian Higher Education Supplement | 14 October, 2009

AMBITIOUS private higher education provider Melbourne Institute of Technology has set it sights on winning commonwealth supported places in a post-2012 deregulated student market, and is backing its ambitions with a new $80 million campus. MIT predominantly delivers technology and business degrees on behalf of Ballarat University to international students, mainly from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan. But millionaire owner Shesh Ghale is aiming to diversify into the domestic market and views the new campus as vital to establishing MIT’s credibility.

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Phoenix Risen: How a history professor became the pioneer of the for-profit revolution

Thomas Bartlett, Chronicle of Higher Education

The the University of Phoenix started in 1974,  operating out of John G. Sperling’s house and has grown to have close to 400,000 students, more than 200 campuses and 26,000 faculty members, and is valued at roughly $10-billion.

http://chronicle.com/weekly/v55/i41/41a00101.htm

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For-profit growth predicted if US giant buys UK’s BPP

Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education

The owner of the largest for-profit university in the US is eyeing a London institution in a move described as highly significant to the future of UK higher education. The Apollo Group, which owns the University of Phoenix and is backed by a Washington-based private equity firm, has approached the parent company of legal and accountancy education provider BPP, Britain’s only for-profit provider with UK degree-awarding powers.

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=406516.

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