When it comes to career and technical education, for-profit schools seem to be growing at a faster rate than community and technical colleges. Such is the upshot of a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics, which is part of the U.S. Department of Education.
Over the years since the relatively recent upsurge of the proprietary educational sector, a few notable schools have fared better than others, of course. Some are affiliated with giant corporations, while others have gone out of business. Based on the new report, for-profit schools appear to have found a successful niche in career and technical education.
A key passage is found in the abstract:
Overall, the number of less-than-four-year institutions offering CTE [Career and Technical Education] increased 3 percent from 1997 to 2006, and the number of sub-baccalaureate CTE credentials awarded increased 24 percent. Over this time period, there was a shift in both CTE-offering institutions and CTE credentials, from public two-year institutions to for-profit two-year and less-than-two-year institutions. Although the number of credentials awarded grew at a faster rate among for-profit institutions than among public two-year institutions, the latter still awarded most sub-baccalaureate CTE credentials in 2006 (58 percent) while for-profit two-year and less-than-two-year institutions combined awarded 35 percent.
The entire report can be downloaded here.