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D’Youville Professor Authors Major Chapter in New Book on Higher Education in U.S.

Buffalo, New York – May 02, 2017 – A major new book on for-profit universities includes a significant chapter authored by Dr. Bonnie Fox-Garrity, associate professor in the D’Youville College Department of Business.

The book, titled For-Profit Universities: The Shifting Landscape of Marketized Higher Education analyzes private sector, financialized higher education expansion in the U.S. using a range of theoretical and methodological treatments.

The book studies how students move through institutional sectors in higher education, compares the roles and social effects of for-profit and non-profit colleges and universities, and systematically analyzes the operation and impact of proprietary institutions of higher education.

For-profit colleges and universities are managed and governed by private organizations and during the past two decades, enrollment at for-profit institutions increased 225 percent, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

“Today these institutions enroll about 12 percent of all postsecondary students … and as more and more community colleges meet and exceed their enrollment capacities for-profit colleges and universities become an attractive option for students.”

This growth has raised concerns, at both state and federal levels, about the quality of education these institutions offer, the amount of money in scholarships and loans they receive, the tactics they use to attract students, and the success of their graduates in finding jobs, the National Conference said.

The book, published by Palgrave MacMillan, presents social scientists, policy analysts, researchers, and for-profit sector leaders discussing how and to what ends for-profit college are a functional social good.

Fox-Garrity’s chapter looks at the difference in public funding of institutions and answers the question of why we should care if an institution that receives public funding is for-profit, not-for-profit, or public.

“It is important that we all understand the differences in institutional types as we assess educational opportunities and form opinions about the use of our public dollars,” according to Fox-Garrity.

The book is edited by Tressie McMillan Cottom, an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and William A. Darity, Jr., a professor of public policy, African and African-American Studies, and Economics, and director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University.

Palgrave Macmillan is a global cross-market publisher specializing in quality trade non-fiction and cutting edge academic books with headquarters in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Fox Garrity is a graduate of the State University at Fredonia and holds an MBA from Canisius College and a doctorate in education from D’Youville.

She was selected as the AAUP/D’Youville College Scholar of the Year in 2012 and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society.


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