Spotlight swings to for-profit middlemen that may be driving up the cost of online higher education

September 20, 2019 | The Hechinger Report

Boosters of online higher education have long held out the lofty promise that it would bring down the spiraling cost of college while also widening its reach.

But a little-known industry of for-profit middlemen, which is skimming off as much as 80% of the proceeds and has U.S. revenues of $1 billion annually, may be thwarting the innovative potential of online education.

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