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January 03, 2011


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Your article reflects a lot of hard work and thought. Thanks for doing it. You might be interested in the articles by John Lauerman of Bloomberg. He's been following the industry and the current controversy for some time and has interviewed many of the players. I think it's important to separate the educational potential of for-profits and online delivery because for-profits don't have a monopoly on online delivery. I think the biggest online degree programs are offered by a public university. Also, the business practices of many of the for-profits are unjustifiable nor is their business model sustainable--they aren't going to succeed in the long run by making their profit from federal loans.

Thanks so much, Bill. I totally agree -- online isn't all for-profits and not all for-profits are predominantly online. Hadn't read anything by Lauerman -- I'll check it out.

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