ERIC Number: ED375270
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
A Review of the Operations of the State Board of Independent Postsecondary Vocational, Technical, Trade, and Business Schools. Report 1.
Florida State Postsecondary Education Planning Commission, Tallahassee.
A review was conducted of the operations of the State Board of Independent Postsecondary Vocational, Technical, Trade, and Business Schools in Florida. The review had the following aims: to determine the history of board action upon school closure and recommend changes to protect students adequately when their schools close; to examine the implementation issues regarding adoption of competencies for vocational programs; to determine if Florida law is sufficient to ensure that students benefit from their education programs; and to determine if any other issues need to be reviewed. Information was gathered through public meetings and written and oral opinions from persons within and outside the proprietary schools sector. Among the recommendations made as a result of the review were the following: (1) a set of standards for assessing programs should be created; (2) schools should administer a basic skills test to students before they enter their programs and refer those who do not pass them to other programs if they do not have the resources to serve such students; (3) records should show why and how a school closed, and procedures for ensuring that students receive the education they have paid for in the event of school closings should be set up; (4) a student bill of rights should be created; (5) common data elements should be included in the transcripts of all students from all the proprietary schools; (6) adequate fee structures that the schools pay to protect their students from school closures should be adopted; (7) degree requirements should be standardized; and (8) a plan should be made to update and maintain the board's data system. (Appendixes to the document include statutes governing the board; commission survey and results; and student protection plan, student complaints, and school closure data.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Postsecondary Education Planning Commission, Tallahassee.
Identifiers - Location: Florida