ERIC Number: ED115186
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Approaches To State Licensing of Private Degree-Granting Institutions. The Airlie Conference Report. IEL Report No. 8.
George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Inst. for Educational Leadership.
Despite the efforts of an array of Federal, State, and private agencies, the spectre of fraud in higher education is increasingly common. The logical arena for corrective action is the states. It is they who hold the authority to charter, license, and in essence permit America's more than 1,000 private degree-granting institutions to exist. But only 25 states in the country can claim functioning licensing operations. The methods and criteria by which state licensing operates remain elusive and poorly defined. Features of nontraditional education such as time- and place-free degrees and credit for prior learning leave licensing officials groping for standards. Complicating the situation is the rapid change from single-campus tradition to an interstate marketplace in which institutions of all persuasions are setting up extensions and external-degree programs far from home. Recommendations are that: (1) nonlicensing States get into the act; (2) a comprehensive interstate information clearinghouse be set up; (3) technical assistance and research services be given to the sparse and untrained staffs that comprise licensing authority in most states; and (4) additional conferences and active participation of state licensing officials in all aspects of the reform movement. (Author/KE)
Descriptors: Certification, Directories, Evaluation Criteria, External Degree Programs, Interstate Programs, Postsecondary Education, Private Schools, State Action
Postsecondary Education Convening Authority, 1001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036 (free)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Inst. for Educational Leadership.
Note: Proceedings from the Airlie Conference (Washington, D.C., July 1975)