Bridgepoint: Bad for Students, Good for Gamblers?

Publicly traded companies have obligations to their investors to turn the best possible profit; Capitalism 101. Ashford University provides a regionally accredited (best kind), Bachelor of Arts degree in four years for a maximum of $50,040 versus an average of about $96,000 at non-for-profit universities. If it is you considering a degree path then that kind of cost difference should give one pause, don't you think? says that they graduated 8,268 students in 2010, 2% at their traditional campus in Iowa and 98% using their online format. Senator Harkin's points are well taken and I imagine that the school is making adjustments to improve the drop-out rates since it does not reflect well on them. If the students just stay in school they will come out better for the experience and investment in their education. Online formats are often the ONLY way working adults can earn their degrees while fully employed and managing children, et al.
— February 7, 2011 9:37 p.m.

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