A Tale of 2 For-profits: One Goes Private, The Other Goes Public

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A Tale of 2 For-profits: One Goes Private, The Other Goes Public

Feb, 20th 2017

Apollo Education Group, the parent company of the University of Phoenix, announced Wednesday the completion of a sale to a group of private equity investors that will take the company private. On the same day, Laureate Education Inc., which operates Walden University in the U.S. and hundreds of campuses worldwide, announced its initial public offering.

Both moves were long-awaited and expected, but their coincidental timing highlights the changes taking place in the for-profit college sector. After years of regulatory scrutiny, operating a for-profit college in the U.S. with the types of gains that please investors has grown increasingly challenging. At the same time, opportunities are proliferating abroad.

“They really represent two different threads in the for-profit picture,” said Kevin Kinser, a professor...

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