Thursday April 7, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
For-Profits and the Public Good: A Panel & Discussion

Representatives of two accredited (WSCUC and HLC) U.S. for-profit universities, a senior officer of a global for-profit educational corporation, and two public policy officials discuss how—and whether--for-profits can actually serve the public interest when there is a financial bottom line. The recent UNESCO report Re-thinking Education:  Toward a Global Common Good features a call for rethinking the commitment of higher education globally to the public good, and provides a conceptual framework to complement WSCUC’s Standard 1.1, calling for each institution-- public or private, nonprofit or for-profit--to define “ways in which it contributes to the public good.”

The key take a-ways from this session will be an understanding of how the for-profit motives of some institutions can be reconciled with a commitment to the public good and how doing well by doing good enables companies to make money while also serving the public interest. Further, the session will enable participants to understand how for-profit universities, which play a larger role globally than in the U.S., can respond positively to UNESCO’s call for all of higher education to acknowledge and address their duty to the common (public) good.

William Plater
Former Commissioner WASC Senior College and University Commission
Iris Yob
Director of Social Change
Walden University
Paula Singer
Chief Network Officer
Laureate Network Office, Laureate International Universities
Dan Osusky
Standards Development Manager
B Lab
Denise DeZolt
Senior Vice President Academic Quality and Accreditation
Laureate Network
Jane Wellman
Sr. Advisor
College Futures Foundation and WSCUC Commissioner
Barry Ryan
WSCUC Commissioner
Presentation materials: