This work presents initial analyses from research currently being conducted under the Emerging Pathways to Access and Success project which demonstrates how entrepreneurial postsecondary institutions are creating and extending opportunities for nontraditional learners who are seeking postsecondary training, credentials, and degrees. The authors also address a number of challenges that nonprofit and for profit institutions face as they endeavor to fulfill their unique missions and public responsibilities. Research that increases understanding of entrepreneurial approaches to postsecondary education will be a key factor in shaping policy and practice going forward, and it forms the core of this volume. While many for profit institutions have been quick to respond to the emerging competitive environment for postsecondary education, it is not at all clear that they have a significant long run comparative advantage over nonprofit institutions.
Over the past decade, research on competition, innovative forms of delivery, and emerging finance mechanisms in higher education has turned attention to competitive adaptation and the potential comparative advantages for entrepreneurial ventures in nonprofit public and private postsecondary institutions. This is the 129th issue of the Jossey Bass quarterly report series "New Directions for Higher Education."
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Editor's Notes (Brian Pusser). 1. Entrepreneurship in Higher Education (David W. Breneman). All sectors of higher education have become more entrepreneurial in the face of political and economic pressures. 2. The Business Culture of the Community College: Students as Consumers; Students as Commodities (John S. Levin). An escalating commitment to the economic purposes of the community college has weakened its historical focus on student access, student development, and a comprehensive curriculum. 3. Entrepreneurial Activity in Nonprofit Institutions: A Portrait of Continuing Education(Brian Pusser, Bruce M. Gansneder, Ned Gallaway, Nakia S. Pope). Many continuing education programs develop entrepreneurial ap-proaches similar to those in -for-profit enterprises. 4. Entrepreneurial Organization at the Academic Core: The Case of Summer Sessions (Dudley J. Doane, Brian Pusser). Summer sessions programs demonstrate significant entrepreneurial activity near the academic core of postsecondary institutions. 5. The Role of Noncredit Courses in Serving Nontraditional Learners (John Milam). A better understanding of data collection on credit and noncredit courses is essential for institutional responsiveness to student needs. 6. A Profile of Regionally Accredited -For-Profit Institutions of Higher Education (Kevin Kinser). Regionally accredited -for-profit institutions of higher education are a diverse group, competing with nonprofit institutions in numerous ways. 7. The Unspoken Is Being Undone: The Market's Impact on Higher Education's Public Purposes (Lara K. Couturier). The traditional compact between higher education and the public is endangered by contemporary political and economic pressures and competition. Index.