First - they use percentages to show the dramatic growth in for-profits as an astronomical 236% over the last 10 years. This is not surprising since the industry barely existed 10 years ago and the reputation back then was awful. Second - they don't even try to find schools that are doing right by students and are offering lower costs.
However there is some good data in the the report - mainly the graduation rate and average debt.
Phoenix Online University has a graduation rate of 5% - this is HORRENDOUS and deserves their scorn. Since they have the greatest numbers of students and the lowest graduation rate, they are bringing down the for-profit graduation rate.
Second - the median debt for bachelor's degrees is as follows:
- Public: $7,960
- Private, Non-Profit: $17,040
- For Profit: $31,190
So - a little balance would be nice. But the balance can't hide the dismal track record so far - for-profits need to wake up and smell the metrics!