A Long Slog in For-Profit Colleges

Shares of some for-profit colleges -- Capella Education (CPLA), ITT Educational Services (ESI) and American Public Education (APEI) -- have performed well since early spring. However, most of these companies are still adjusting to the new challenges of an evolving higher-education paradigm. In particular, students and parents question are now increasingly questioning the value of a college degree, and Washington has been forcing the industry to defend for-profit colleges' disproportionately high defaults and low graduation rates. Reputations of these colleges have been tarnished as a result.

Compound all this with a cutthroat competitive environment, courtesy of the Great Recession, and the result has been an industry at ever lower highs and lower lows....690 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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