September 4, 2012 (Sacramento)—A bill to provide students with more accurate consumer information about private, for-profit postsecondary schools was approved by the Assembly and will head to the Governor for his consideration.
AB 2996 by Assemblymember Marty Block (AD-78) would alert students at these institutions which are regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education of:
- Lack of accreditation – Many schools are not accredited, and students may learn too late that potential employers and professional licensing boards require degrees or credits from accredited institutions;
- Student loan default rates – High default rates often mean unemployed or underemployed graduates;
- Post-graduation job rates – Criteria to be determined by the Bureau;
- Graduate salary rates.
“We want students to make informed choices before they make sizeable investments in their future, said Block. “The basic information required under this bill helps make students smart consumers, and especially veterans seeking to earn degrees and career training to prepare for their transition to civilian life.”
Among others, AB 2296 is supported by the California State Student Association, Consumers Union, Public Advocates, the Consumer Federation of California, the California Faculty Association, the California Labor Federation, the California Federation of Teachers, the Institute for College Access and Success, the Children’s Advocacy Institute, the California Psychological Association, the California Nurses Association, the Veterans of Foreign War, Department of California, the Vietnam Veterans of America, California and the Center for Public Interest Law.
Assemblymember Marty Block represents the cities and communities of Bonita, Chula Vista, Lemon Grove, San Diego and Spring Valley.
Web site: www.asmdc.org/block