ERIC Number: ED306969
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb-16
Reference Count: N/A
An Update of Proprietary Education in Florida: Report and Recommendations of the Postsecondary Education Planning Commission, 1989. Report 7.
Florida State Postsecondary Education Planning Commission, Tallahassee.
In response to a legislative mandate, this report assesses proprietary education in Florida in terms of institutional licensure, program standards, data collection, and student financial aid. The report defines "Proprietary schools" as accredited or non-accredited postsecondary vocational institutions, universities, and colleges owned by an individual or individuals and operated on a profit or non-profit basis. Part I provides background information on the role played by Florida's 152 proprietary schools in the provision of vocational training, and state responses to the proliferation of fraudulent and substandard schools in the 1970's. Part II examines: (1) the licensing roles of the State Board of Independent Postsecondary Vocational, Technical, Trade and Business Schools (SBIPVTTBS), and the State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities (SBICU); (2) accreditation; (3) the type and composition of associate degrees; (4) previous studies on the licensing process; (5) licensing fees; (6) the lack of placement data and data collection information about proprietary schools; (7) high default rates on financial aid among proprietary school students; (8) transfer credit; (9) a student protection plan; and (10) voluntary associations for independent institutions. Part III examines proprietary education in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and Tennessee in terms of each state's oversight responsibilities and issues of financial aid. Finally, part IV presents 22 recommendations for changing the governance structure, licensure provisions, data collection methods, financial aid system, and degree requirements of proprietary schools. A chart comparing the responsibilities of the SBIPVTTBS and the SBICU is appended. (AYC)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Accreditation (Institutions), Associate Degrees, Certification, Data Collection, Educational Assessment, Governance, Government Role, Higher Education, Private Colleges, Proprietary Schools, State Legislation, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Student Financial Aid, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Postsecondary Education Planning Commission, Tallahassee.
Identifiers - Location: Florida