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  • CALmatters: California’s for-profit college watchdog fails to police as feds back down

    The California agency responsible for overseeing the state’s 1,000-plus for-profit colleges and vocational schools has repeatedly failed or been slow to enforce laws meant to prevent fraud and abuse, leaving a serious gap in accountability as federal regulators back away from the job.
  • State Oversight Lax for Vocational Schools

    Students who signed up for vocational schools seeking training in computers, health care and cosmetology among other fields of study, have filed 1,177 complaints to California's Bureau for Postsecondary and Vocational Education in the past two years. Bureau administrators admitted to being passive regarding student complaints which were most often about school fraud, false advertising and failure to make refunds. Schools failed, with impugnity, to report satisfactory graduation and job-placement records as required by law. And recently the SEC has opened an investigation of one company, ITT Educational Services, for possible falsified attendance records, grades and job-placement statistics, none of which was caught by California's bureau.
  • Scoring Metro Districts: The 2000-01 Detroit News School Report Card

    The Detroit News used 12 factors, such as class size and test scores, to rate 88 metro Detroit school districts. The article includes reactions from both A and F school districts and describes the criteria the paper used on the districts. In addition, the Detroit News reports on vocational schools, who say high paying jobs are widely available to students without a college degree due to technology increases. The article also includes a number of technology programs taught in local school districts and describes how students can get hands-on opportunities before they start a post-secondary education.
  • The Best Degree Crime Can Buy

    WJXT-TV (Jacksonville, Fla.) looks at the costs and benefits of educating inmates in the state correctional institutions; a handful of vocational schools go into several Florida prisons to teach courses in data entry, auto body repair and brick laying; finds that state and federal tax dollars go to pay for college level correspondent course work, May 11 - 12, 1992.
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    Wall Street Journal looks at for-profit trade schools that recruit students and make sure they receive federally backed student loans, but provide no usable education, creating a student loan default rate that is three times higher at vocational schools, 1989.
  • Technical Faliures

    Star Tribune (Minneapolis) examines the failure of vocational schools to place graduates in jobs, despite reporting placement rates above 90 percent; an analysis of computer records provided a basis for the findings, April 23 - 28, 1989.
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    Times-Picayune (New Orleans) reports on alleged patronage in the New Orleans JTPA, a federal job training program, Nov. 19, 1989.