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ERIC Number: ED354368
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-22
Pages: 49
Abstractor: N/A
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Chronic Scandal in the American Proprietary School Sector: A Historical Perspective on Why Treatments Have Not Provided a Cure.
Honick, Craig
Since the late 19th century, the proprietary school sector in the United States has undergone four major cycles of scandal and reform: the emergence of the commercial college sector in the 1870s, the progressive era of the early 20th century, the fallout of the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944 (GI Bill), and the period following the 1972 amendments to the Higher Education Act. Early reformers were school operators who addressed concerns over length of courses and solicitation practices. At the turn of the 20th century, external groups attempted to reform proprietary school behavior in these areas: intense competition that forced school owners to use unethical solicitation tactics; schools ill equipped to prepare youth for meaningful careers; and admission of students who could not benefit from instruction. Scandals connected with the GI Bill provisions involved overcharges, lax reporting of dropouts and overpayments, inefficient regulation, and infractions involving Veterans Administration (VA) staff. VA reforms addressed the program, not the proprietary school sector. The modern era of scandal involves disbursement of capital not accompanied by meaningful regulation and oversight and loan defaults. Issues targeted by contemporary reform, with the exception of loan defaults, have not changed much since the turn of the century. To encourage reputable institutions over the disreputable, reformers should work to integrate proprietary schools into the mainstream of U.S. education. (Contains 35 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: G I Bill