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The For Profit Motive

VU International News and Reviews No. 07 June 3 2013

June 2013

In a short argumentational analysis, prof Bernasconi from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile delves into the question of pros and cons of for-profit provision of higher education.
He critically examines the relevant dimensions from political, business economics, educational quality, and market availability. He sets the agenda for critical (self) reflection rather than underpinning an hypothesis with quantitative research.
KK: an additional dimension to the discussion could be added by studying how not-for-profit universities emulate (whether forced by their funders or voluntary) practices from for-profit businesses and how this affects their functioning.
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