ERIC Number: ED331338
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Proprietary Schools: Programs, Policies and Prospects. ERIC Digest.
Lee, John B.; Merisotis, Jamie P.
This digest summarizes the ERIC report concerning proprietary school education. Many proprietary schools offer no degrees and many of their courses are less than one year. They are profit oriented and market driven with decision making centralized in the ownership. The curricula are job-skills oriented and comprise programs in office, technology (auto mechanics and computers), and personal service. About 60% of proprietary school students receive a certificate or degree, compared to about 40% from a community college. Proprietary school graduates' earnings are similar to those of community college vocational program graduates, however, they are likely to report more periods of unemployment. Enforcement of state licensing and accreditation policies to ensure educational quality, protect the state's financial interests in proprietary schools, and constrain unfair business practices are recommended. Four references. (GLR)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Certification, Educational Quality, Enrollment, Higher Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Outcomes of Education, Policy, Proprietary Schools, State Aid, State Standards, Student Characteristics
ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Reports, The George Washington University, One Dupont Circle, Suite 630, Dept. RC, Washington, DC 20036-1183 ($1.00).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
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.