Sunday, March 29, 2015
Simply releasing the watch list doesn’t amount to upfront quality control or regulation; at best, it’s a sort of rearguard action designed for damage control. That’s fine, as far as it goes, but we need much more. The discussion needs to shift from “for profits good” vs. “for profits bad.” Let’s restrict the realm of competition to actual quality, and then let the best providers win, whoever they are. In the meantime, I’m glad the list will be public. The public needs to know.
I'll also note that I assume the ones listed with "accreditation problems" as the reason (a majority) would already be known to parents and students, but maybe that isn't disseminated widely either.
Private and proprietary schools can keep things to themselves a lot more. But should they? Sure, as businesses, the for profits want to pull as much money out as they can before they dump the students. But the students and public would benefit from knowing.
Maybe set the bar at a month on the list, then publish the name and information?
I don't think the public is as informed of accreditation problems as CCPhysicist seems to think. The people I know who've gone to proprietary schools are generally first generation college students who have little information about how things work; and I doubt even very informed people think to ask about accreditation, or know much what that means.
But maybe I am a faculty member at a school which is on that list. Could layoffs be coming? Is my salary going to remain stationary even if I don’t get laid off? Is my teaching load going to rise to astronomical levels? Is my school in danger of closing its doors? Perhaps the risk is so great that I should get my CV on the street right away. A lot of for-profit schools seem to release fluffy and overly-rosy projections to their faculty and staff, hiding the ugly truth until the very end when the roof finally falls in and the doors finally close.
But as Matt says, the release of the names of the schools on the list might be the equivalent of a scarlet letter, driving students away in droves and perhaps hastening their doom. But I would like to know the truth, either as a prospective student or as a faculty member.
This is known in business as "not eating your own dog food."