Online Plan Could Be Cash Cow for U. of Phoenix

ORANGEBURG — South Carolina State University’s plan to offer online courses via the for-profit University of Phoenix is supposed to help college dropouts return to school and complete their degrees.

It remains to be seen whether the program will work. University of Phoenix has a track record of low graduation rates and high student debt loads, and critics in the higher education community have questioned the company’s push to enter into partnerships with historically black colleges and universities.

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