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Could for-profit “challenger institutions” improve higher education?

In America, for-profit providers enrol 13% of students, but account for over 40% of student loan defaults

By Jonathan Clifton  

Universities Minister Jo Johnson ©Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Read more: The end of argument in our universities? 

Alternative providers who want to set up new universities will find it easier following recent legislation by the government. Universities Minister Jo Johnson wants to free-up the market , making it easier for alternates to award their own degrees and recruit students funded through the loan system. He hopes these new providers (which could include a mixture of profit-making and not-for-profit organisations) will challenge existing universities to…

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