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When Free Isn't Really Free - Opinion

August 13, 2019

Claude Pressnell Jr., president of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association, writes: Having worked with nonprofit colleges and universities for over 30 years, I can attest to the need, and value, of a diverse choice in higher education for student success. Looking across the spectrum, some students flourish in a more intimate/mentoring environment that a private college provides, while other students thrive in a large public university setting. We need a wide array of campus cultures to ensure all students succeed. A Brookings report indicates that students attending a nonprofit college or university perform well, graduate faster and are more highly favored in the workforce than their public university peers.

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