Rebel with a Cause: The Entrepreneur Who Created the University of Phoenix and the For-Profit Revolution in Higher Education


Born to a Missouri sharecropping couple, John Sperling discovered books at sea as a merchant marine. He returned to college and earned a doctorate from Cambridge, but found academic life too stifling. Driven by a vision of a new for-profit university that would offer adults a second chance at higher education, he returned to America and, aged 52, created the University of Phoenix. Less than 25 years later, Phoenix is the largest university in America. This book tells the story of Sperling's astounding success. It relates a ...

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