More For-Profit Institutions Offering Career and Technical Credentials

The number of non-four-year institutions offering career and technical education increased by about 3 percent, to 3,833, from 1997 to 2006, says a report released today by the U.S. Department of Education.

Titled “Postsecondary Career/Technical Education: Changes in the Number of Offering Institutions and Awarded Credentials From 1997 to 2006,” the report also describes a shift from public to for-profit institutions in the awarding of career and technical credentials. Although public two-year colleges still award most such credentials, the proportion declined during the nine-year period, while the number of those awarded by for-profit institutions increased.

The report also notes an overall increase of 24 percent, from 792,054 to 981,056, in the number of sub-baccalaureate credentials awarded from 1997 to 2006.

The analysis, based on data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, was administered by the National Center for Education Statistics.

(The Chronicle of Higher Education)

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