Two big pieces of news hit the education market recently, both in the for-profit college sector. read more. : On July 29, Strategic Education Inc (NASDAQ: STRA) bought schools and education programs operating in Australia and New Zealand from Laureate Education Inc (NASDAQ: LAUR) for $643 million in cash. The deal will bring a number of brands and an estimated 19,000 students into the Strategic bundle, which already include the for-profit, nearly entirely online colleges Strayer and Capella. With the acquisition, Strategic will have nearly 110,000 students paying, or getting grants and taking loans, to study with them.