For-profits, student loans, new rules, and how these affect students in the USA, Canada and the UK

Tony Bates, e-learning, distance education resources, Jun 03, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Tony Bates and I observe the same thing. "It seems that we are seeing an almost unexplained or certainly less than transparent shift in public policy away from the state funding post-secondary education to a user-pay system." But we may have different reactions to it. He seems to be OK with a mixed public-private system, or even an all-private system, so long as governments are clear and consistent in their implementation. I'm a lot less sanguine about that prospect, as we have a long way to go before we have a private sector that can be entrusted to serve the public good without putting its own financial interests first.
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