Private and successful grades, too

Career College Central Summary:

  • Proprietary colleges are not all created equally, but they are certainly — undeservedly — treated equally when it comes to being tarnished in the media with the same negative spin. Catherine Rampell ("Failing grades at for-profit colleges," Sept. 27) makes that case easily enough.
  • While some of Ms. Rampell's allegations regarding the state of the industry ring true in some cases, it's worth noting that it's unlikely they are operating in New York, which boasts some of the most stringent higher education regulatory standards in the nation. The fact is the same accreditation body that oversees the academic programs at New York's most prestigious, high-profile public universities is also making sure that degree-granting proprietary colleges in New York are similarly delivering quality programs to students.
  • The "fly-by-night" schools described in that recent column are a far cry from the ones that belong to the state's Association of Proprietary Colleges. On average, these institutions have been in existence for more than 80 years, are family-owned, and have earned their position as respected contributors to the economic vitality of their local communities.
  • Consider Bryant & Stratton College, founded in 1854 in Buffalo, which now has eight campuses upstate. Each of these campuses has deep roots with the local business community and taps into these resources to ensure they are offering programs that teach the skills that are relevant to their local job market.
  • Monroe College is another example. This family-owned institution, which last year celebrated its 80th year serving students, has attracted numerous accolades in that time, including, most recently, recognition from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine as a national leader for its graduation of minorities. Monroe College graduates approximately 80 students for every one that graduates from the two neighboring community colleges.

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