For-profit colleges have lower graduation rates, says report
The report from the National Audit Office found that although the percentage of students dropping out had fallen, graduates from alternative providers – often privately run for profit – have lower rates of progression into employment or further study, and lower salaries than graduates of publicly-funded providers of higher education.
UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: “We have serious concerns about the government’s desire to open up the higher education sector to more for-profit alternative providers. In the US for-profit universities and colleges, such as Trump University, have been investigated for the mis-selling of qualifications to vulnerable students and their families.
“Our colleges and universities are a success story, but further privatisation could cause serious damage to their reputations and put our proud international standing for excellence at risk.”
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