ERIC Number: ED331337
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Proprietary Schools: Programs, Policies and Prospects. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report No. 5.
Lee, John B.; Merisotis, Jamie P.
This report reviews what is known about today's proprietary schools, their role in higher education, their curricula, the types of students who attend them, educational outcomes of their graduates, and the policy issues that effect them. First, the report discusses the historical aspects of how private career schools evolved from the colonial era to the present day, and how the growth of these schools, after World War II, became closely associated with changes in federal student aid policy. Next, the role of proprietary schools in higher education is reviewed: what the outcomes of education are for their graduates compared to those from more traditional schools; how these schools are operated; and their institutional accountability. Additionally, the basic proprietary school curriculum is described, as well as its educational purpose. The report then discusses the characteristics of a typical proprietary school student, the current enrollment figures, and the educational outcomes of proprietary school graduates. Finally, the policy issues of state governments that can affect career school education are explored concerning accreditation, educational quality, unfair business practice, and protection of the state's financial interests in these schools. Contains an index and 94 references. (GLR)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Certification, Educational Quality, Enrollment, Federal Aid, Higher Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Outcomes of Education, Policy, Proprietary Schools, State Aid, State Standards, Student Characteristics, Student Financial Aid
ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Reports, The George Washington University, One Dupont Circle, Suite 630, Dept. RC, Washington, DC 20036-1183 ($17.00).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association for the Study of Higher Education.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. School of Education and Human Development.
IES Cited: EJ612308
Note: For a related document, see HE 024 384.