Analysts describe 4 characteristics of “healthy” private sector schools; include tech career alternative programs.


Newsworthy failures in proprietary higher education have led to generalizations about the career school sector as a whole. Most think of for-profits as a homogeneous group, but the reality is that few are failing. The business model of a small school that trains people to run an MRI machine or fix an air conditioner is very different than that of a large public company that offers a diverse array of certificates and degrees.

Members of the latter group get a lot of press due to their national presence,...

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Corey Greendale is a managing director specializing in research and investment in software-as-a-service (SaaS) businesses, particularly in human capital technology. His work has been cited for excellence in the Wall Street Journal’s “Best on the Street” survey, in Forbes, and in the Financial Times. Martin Lind oversees the business development, product marketing and thought leadership for Velocify’s enrollment management solution.