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ERIC Number: ED056307
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Oct
Pages: 51
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Proprietary Schools and Educational Planning. A Staff Report.
Peck, Robert D.
Proprietary schools fill an important gap in post-high school education. Because it is profit-oriented, the proprietary school is forced to provide new and unusual programs for the benefit of employers and students. The simple factor of specialization affords these schools an advantage over public schools. Other advantages, as reported by students, are: (1) Students can usually start a class within a week after enrolling; (2) Course completion can be achieved within a relatively short period of time; (3) The curriculum is usually entirely skill-oriented; (4) Assistance is available in securing employment after training; (5) Deferred payment plans are of direct financial assistance to the students. The potential of these schools, however, is inhibited because they are not status symbols and those who attend them are from the less powerful and less vocal groups in society. Recently, a movement by business has developed to view the proprietary school as a sound investment. A number of corporations have entered the proprietary school business. As states assume responsibility for appropriate regulation of these schools, their potential may be more completely realized. This study faced a fundamental problem when it looked to other states for leadership in "coordinating council-proprietary school relationships." The summary of the 50-state questionnaire survey regarding proprietary schools reveals that other states do not have organizations clearly comparable to the Oregon Educational Coordination Council. Replies to the questionnaire are summarized. (CK)
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Authoring Institution: Educational Coordinating Council, Salem, OR.