Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



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The higher education institutions of for-profit colleges and universities (FPCU) have been sources of much controversy the last few decades. Research on their inception, quality of education, government funding and their threat to the traditional educational models of higher education provides a wealth of knowledge regarding FPCU’s demographics and explains what they are, who they serve, how the function, and how they make money. This relevant and rich data explains the phenomena of FPCU’s and how they are integral tools within higher education. However, research is limited on why the population that they serve chooses to attend them. Current data indicated that minority women are the targeted population for these institutions. This research explored and explains why this population is recruited and why the population chooses to attend FPCU’s. Focus groups with and one-on-one interviews of current FPCU students and recent graduates were conducted to obtain their lived experiences and their perceived value of their degree. This research fills the gap in literature concerning FPCU’s and garners a more holistic knowledge and view of the institutions and their students and graduates.



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Committee Chair

Fasching-Varner, Kenny



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