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ERIC Number: ED098867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-May-31
Reference Count: 0
Information Needs for Student and Public Choice in Postsecondary Education.
Shapiro, Paul S.
There has been an increasing movement toward consumer protection in recent years, sparked by a few crusaders, a better educated public, and changing socioeconomic conditions. What is new is the interest being generated under the rubric of consumer protection in postsecondary education. This conception of consumer protection deals almost exclusively with process and procedures. Attempts can be made to influence and even coerce institutions to use fair advertising practices, but unless acceptable methodologies are available for accurately representing what postsecondary institutions are and purport to do for their students, such efforts are likely to prove futile and perhaps even ephermeral. Consumer protection as described above implies accountability mainly to individual students. There is also a broader accountability to the public that may also be construed as consumer protection, since there is such a tremendous investment of public and private funds in postsecondary education. The appropriateness of current accrediting practices for determining federal eligibility has come into question. While institutional eligibility is an important part of the federal concern, an even more important guiding principle derives from the policy of providing financial aid directly to students. Types of assessment, assessment techniques, communicating assessment information, and creating postsecondary prospectus are included. (Author/PG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Note: Policy development staff paper