Iloh & Tierney publish on For-Profit College and Community College Choice

PhD Candidate Constance Iloh

PhD Candidate Constance Iloh

PhD Candidate Constance Iloh and William G. Tierney recently published an article in Teachers College Record titled, “Understanding For-Profit College and Community College Choice through Rational Choice.” They examine for-profit and community college choice factors using interviews, surveys, and focus groups involving 137 students enrolled in either a for-profit college or a community college. Among their extensive findings, Iloh and Tierney found that for-profit and community college students held varying conceptions of costs and benefits as they pertained to college choice factors. Three particular dimensions were highlighted in student responses—short-term and long-term gains, risks, and uncertainty.

Teachers College Record, one of the most prestigious education journals, has published research, analysis, and commentary in the field of education continuously since 1900. Iloh and Tierney’s article is one of the few empirical featured articles in this journal that explores for-profit higher education. Iloh and Tierney also published in 2013 “A Comparison of For-Profit and Community Colleges’ Admissions Practices,” which appears in AACRAO’s College and University journal.

Iloh has previously authored and co-authored articles on higher education. Her dissertation explores the nature of Black student participation in for-profit higher education sector, as they are the highest enrolled racial group in this sector. The article “Understanding For-Profit College and Community College Choice through Rational Choice” is now in press in Teachers College Record and the link to full text can be found on the Teachers College Record website.