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In this study, I use three data sets collected by the US Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics NCES: National Postsecondary Student Aid Studies of 1996, 2000 and 2004 NPSAS:96,NPSAS:2000, and NPSAS:04 to derive the characteristics of the studentsin the US for-profit postsecondary educational sector and to identify the trends in these characteristics. I generate a collection of complex survey means and ratios and perform a series of t-tests to produce two sets of comparisons. First, I compare the for-profit students to the students in 2-year and less-than-2-year and 4-year non-profit schools. Second, I compare the students in less-than-2-year, 2-year, and 4-year for-profit colleges. These two different comparisons lead to three main conclusions. First, for-profit students are systematically and significantly different from their counterparts in non-profit 2-year and 4-year schools. Second, for-profit students are a very heterogeneous body. Students at less-than-2-year for-profit schools are different from the students in 2-year for-profit schools, and there is even a starker difference between the students in for-profit4-year schools and the rest of the for-profit students. Finally, the increasing student population in for-profit 4-year schools drives the contemporary trends in proprietary student characteristics.

Item Type: MPRA Paper -

Original Title: For-Profit Student Heterogeneity-

Language: English-

Keywords: for-profit; education; vocational; college; training; workforce; private-

Subjects: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education and Research Institutions > I21 - Analysis of EducationJ - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J18 - Public PolicyH - Public Economics > H4 - Publicly Provided Goods > H44 - Publicly Provided Goods: Mixed Markets-

Autor: Chung, Anna


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