Traditional vs. For-profit and Private Sector Education: The Pros and Cons
Recorded on October 14, 2011 (53 minutes)

How can we analyze the “traditional” education systems of public institutions as compared with the emerging systems of for-profit and private sector education? These new systems offer flexibility that meets student needs and interests, but some question the quality and competency of their graduates. Which is best? Do both models meet the needs of the student as well as the safety of patients?

First Speaker:

Harold P. Jones, Ph.D., FASAHP, has served as Dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions since 2001. Prior to that, he was Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences at East Carolina University for nine years. His previous positions include serving as the first Branch Chief for the Science Planning and Analysis Branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, as  Program Director for the Shared Instrument and Instrument Development Programs at the National Science Foundation, as Associate Dean for the College of Allied Health Professions at the University of South Alabama and as a faculty member in the Department of Biochemistry in the School of Medicine at the University of South Alabama where he received more than $1.0 million in extramural research support from NIH, NSF and the American Heart Association.

Second Speaker:

Stephen N. Collier, PhD, is an administrator, teacher, and researcher with over 35 years experience in the health professions. He is currently Professor and Director of the Office of Health Professions Education and Workforce Development in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Outside of his duties in his various university positions, he has been Chairman of the Commission on Health and Human Services for the Southern Regional Education Board and Chairman of the State Policy Task Force for the Pew Health Professions Commission. He also held appointments at Harvard University in the Center for Health Policy, Research, and Education, and in the Graduate School of Education. More recently, he served as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Health Professions Education Summit.

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