Legislation to protect students from diploma mills and unscrupulous business practices has been approved by the State Assembly. The vote sends the measure, authored by Assemblymember Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), to the Governor for signature.
AB 1889 includes language to clear-up technicalities in the Post-Secondary Education Bill of 2009 authored last year by Assemblymember Portantino. The bills provide oversight of private for-profit and non-profit education institutions in order to protect students from crooked schemes.
"AB 1889 allows good schools to expand at a time when our economy desperately needs to increase job training services," explained Assemblymember Portantino. "And it offers students a guarantee that their education and vocational training will be monitored and that regulations will be enforced."
Among the changes in AB 1889: Requires accreditation for schools offering doctoral degrees. Limits what types of jobs can be counted as job placements – clarifies that the job must require skills that the student learned in school. Allows some flexibility in examinations for specific occupational training programs. Provides a 1-year exemption for FAA-certified flight training schools and instructors.
"I believe these changes will ensure institutions don't inappropriately inflate job placement," stated Assemblymember Portantino. "A job sweeping floors in a restaurant should not qualify as job placement for cooking school graduates."
The Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Education had been suspended for two years leaving California without regulation of private, post-secondary schools. Many California students lost tuition or received worthless diplomas. Portantino's AB 48 (2009) re-established the bureau and regulation of these for-profit and non-profit schools, including protections for tuition and standards for diplomas.