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1. Forecasts for Growth in the Education Industry
Silber, Jeffrey. (Updated: Sept. 2014).  Equity Research: Education and Training. BMO Capital Markets Report.

This report anticipates long-term favorable trends in all sectors of the education industry. Growth in the for-profit education sector has slowed, but is expected to grow in revenue by 4.1 percent annually for the next five years, and continue to outpace not-for-profit peers. Technology and results-oriented services are thought to be engines of growth across the industry. Key growth drivers and risks in each industry section (child care, K-12, postsecondary, corporate training) are presented and analyzed. The authors find that the recession depressed demand for private childcare, K-12 and corporate training services, while post-secondary organizations benefited. Important education legislation is slated for reauthorization in the coming years, but the forecast is contingent on both Congressional and Presidential election results. The report includes a side-by-side comparison of each Presidential candidate’s stance on issues impacting for-profit education providers. To read more.....


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2. Education Sector Factbook 2012

GSV Asset Management. (2012). Education Sector Factbook 2012.

This fact book presents relevant data on a wide array of education topics in tables, maps, graphs and other visualizations. Chapters include Global Data, U.S. Data, Distance and Online Learning, Market Statistics, and Industry Leaders. Particular subsections of interest within U.S. Data include K-12, Charter Schools, and Post-Secondary. As an example of the potentially useful facts within, the Market Statistics chapter includes a graph of venture capital investments in education technology companies, which increased from approximately $150 million in 2002 to $400 million in 2011.  To read more.....


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3. Facts and Forecast for the Education Revolution

GSV Asset Management. (2012). American Revolution 2.0: How Education Innovation is Going to Revitalize American and Transform the U.S. Economy.

This report argues that by embracing education reform, driven by technology and accountability, and aimed at increasing economic return on education (ROE) and knowledge as a currency (KNAAC), America can remain the political and economic leader of the world. This comprehensive report provides statistics and facts on the current state of various education sectors in comparison to international competitors, and argues that increasing economic inequality marks the failures of our educational system to create the skilled workforce employers demand. GSV highlights many technologies, organizations, and trends as signs of the education revolution underway, including Teach For America, charter schools, for-profit universities, and online learning platforms. Profiles of influential and innovative education organizations are spread throughout the report. The report argues that for-profit vs. non-profit organizational structure should not be a concern if our focus is on outcomes, and that the best investment opportunities in the growing education market are determined by the “4 Ps: People, Product, Potential and Predictability.”   To read more.....


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4. New Rules, New Schools, New Market.
Edwards, Kristin and Mahoney, Ryan. (2005). New Rules, New Schools, New Market. ThinkEquity Partners Institutional Research.

In this report, Edwards and Mahoney forecast structural changes that will lead to growth opportunities for business in the K-12 school system. They forecast that from 2005-2015 domestic business opportunities in K-12 will expand from $75 billion to $163 billion. Broad public awareness of the poor state of many of the nations’ schools and the continued achievement gap has created a desire for innovation driven by new technologies that private enterprises can provide. More federal funds than ever are available to schools, increasing their budget to partner with businesses. Edwards and Mahoney describe promising avenues for investment and drivers of change, as well as barriers and challenges for the growth of the private market in education. They emphasize the important role of technology in these changes, and highlight firms who have harnessed that momentum with successful results.  To read more....


Evolution of Entrepreneurship

1. The Changing Education Policy Landscape and the Education Industry
Education Industry Association. (2005). Education Industry Leadership Board Special Industry Report.

This report describes the changing landscape for private enterprise in the education industry in light of three influential events in 2002: 1) The passage of No Child Left Behind, 2) The Supreme Court’s decision affirming Cleveland’s school voucher programs and 3) A large urban school district entered the largest-ever contracting agreement with commercial education management organizations. First, the report refutes common misconceptions about the goals and consequences of private involvement in education and shows that private businesses have always had a role in public education, and that their continued and expanded involvement can benefit the sector in many ways. The report reviews the major sectors of the education industry and provides examples of “major players” in all of them, including publishing, K-12, testing, tutoring, professional development and more.To read more....



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2. A Recent History of the Emerging Education Industry
Sandler, Michael. (2002). The Emerging Education Industry. Education Industry Leadership Board Special Report.

Sandler describes the development of private enterprises in education, starting with entrepreneurs in the 1990’s. He divides his recent history of the education industry into three sections: “The Early Players 1990-98”, “The Technology Age 1998-2002”, and “Emerging as an Education Industry 2002+”.  The early players were a relatively small group of entrepreneurs, whose efforts gave rise to at-risk services, education management organizations, and other innovations, and who were strongly influenced by the emergence of the charter school movement. Sandler characterizes the technology age as a time when new technological platforms altered our approach to education, and enhanced efforts to improve accountability. He argues that the era of 2002 and beyond will be characterized by expansion, technology-driven innovation, and a mix of established enterprises and start-ups. Sandler envisions a second decade in which the education industry evolves from an emerging sector into a sustainable industry.  To read more.....


Evolution of Entrepreneurship

3. Careers in the Education Industry
Education Industry Association. (2006). Career Opportunities in the Education Industry.

In this EIA guide for students and professionals, EIA describes the diverse segments of the education industry and highlights leading employers in those segments. After a brief history of the education sector, the guide describes the state of the education industry and gives projections for the future. Segments include schools/service providers, supplemental education service providers, products, service providers, and information/researchers. The report concludes with profiles of leaders in the education sector, and with contact information and profiles of a large selection of EIA member organizations. To read more....


Evolution of Entrepreneurship

4. The Education Industry, 2002-2012: The Era of Resilience

Michael Sandler of the Education Industry Group and Steven Pines of the Education Industry Association have written a whitepaper, "The Education Industry - Era of Resilience", detailing the stories of the new generation of entrepreneurs who are exploring new business models and innovative applications of technology in the education sector.  To read it, click here......

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