The Public and For-Profit College Sectors: A Direct Economic Comparison

By: Clive Belfield | October 19, 2016

In the third of a short series of online essays, Clive Belfield provides a basic economic comparison between for-profit colleges and public colleges that addresses the fundamental economic question and calculation: Which colleges provide the highest benefit for the lowest cost?

Conference Highlights Growing Importance of Student Economic Outcomes as Measure of College Quality

NEW YORK, NY (October 17, 2014) — Researchers, policymakers, and higher education leaders came together to discuss “the value of higher education—and how to further strengthen it” at CAPSEE’s September conference. Scholars from CAPSEE and elsewhere presented research on state-level labor market outcomes and federal financial aid programs; state agency representatives illuminated how they calculate and use labor market outcome data to inform higher education policy; and college leaders discussed how information on student employment outcomes helps them strengthen programs and pathways.