ERIC Number: ED223894
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
A Full Partnership in Higher Education. AICS Special Report.
Talley, M. Gary
Independent schools (that is, nontraditional proprietary and nonprofit private colleges) that specialize in shorter term technical, vocational, and business curricula are doing a better job providing short-term vocational education than are traditional two- and four-year colleges that typically offer a wide variety of degrees. While traditional institutions provide both general long-term preparation and short-term skills, the time has come to recognize that independent schools have advantages that make them the last providers of short-term vocational education in this country. Included among these advantages are the following: (1) they manage to place more students in jobs of their fields of interest; (2) they have lower dropout rates; (3) they generally provide for more contact hours of instruction and for more hands-on learning; (4) while the independent schools may seem relatively costly when compared to other forms of education, their services may ultimately be more cost effective because of shorter instructional times and higher placement rates; and (5) since independent schools are market-driven, they are more accountable to employers than are traditional institutions. (MN)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Educational Benefits, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Higher Education, Job Placement, Job Skills, Job Training, Nonprofit Organizations, Postsecondary Education, Private Schools, Program Costs, Program Effectiveness, Proprietary Schools, Student Costs, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Association of Independent Colleges and Schools (AICS), 1730 M Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Independent Colleges and Schools, Washington, DC.