American RadioWorks: The Rise of Phoenix
For-Profit Universities Shake Up the Academy
Saturday 6am on 93.9FM and 2pm on AM820. Sunday at 8pm on AM820.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
For-profit colleges have deep roots in American history, but until recently they were a tiny part of the higher education landscape. Now they are big players. More than one in 10 college students attends a for-profit. The rapid rise of these career-oriented schools has provoked heated debate, opening up new conversations about the costs, quality and purpose of higher education. In this documentary, correspondent Emily Hanford examines the history and influence of the University of Phoenix, one of the nation's largest colleges, and explores how Phoenix and other for-profits are shaping the future of higher education.