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For-Profit Education Stocks: Which Will Outperform in 2011?

In other words, enrollment growth has been slowing across the for-profit education sector , and regulatory uncertainty persists, so "it's tough to get excited about the outlook." Wetenhall told TheStreet the sector is in need of "something dramatically material to provide torque to the stocks," adding that "with the absence of a hard catalyst, we tend to focus on what can go wrong rather than right."

For-profit school stocks faced harsh criticism in 2010 about colleges' staggeringly low graduation rates and high student loan default rates . Future enrollment figures were called into question, schools were accused of failing to adequately prepare students for profitable careers yet leave them saddled with heavy debt and federally proposed restrictions on the industry's business operations cast a shadow no bull market could fully offset.

A few sector players -- such as Bridgepoint Education (BPI - Get Report) and American Public Education (APEI - Get Report) -- did manage to offer investors positive returns in 2010, even if some failed to beat the S&P 500.

With all this in mind, we'd like to know which for-profit postsecondary education provider you think will outperform in 2011. Click through our roundup of 2010's winners and losers of the for-profit education sector . Then take our poll and see what readers of TheStreet think.

Which for-profit education stock will outperform in 2011?

Apollo Group
Washington Post
Strayer Education
ITT Educational Services
Career Education
Education Management
Capella Education
Grand Canyon Education
Bridgepoint Education
American Public Education
Corinthian Colleges

-- Written by Miriam Marcus Reimer in New York.

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