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Report 94-16: State Postsecondary Review Entity (SPRE) Standards Adopted on October 24, 1994, and Submitted to the United States Secretary of Education

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

October 1994

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On October 24, 1994, the California Postsecondary Education Commission -- California's "state postsecondary review entity" for the purposes of reducing fraud and abuse in federal student financial aid programs in California -- adopted the following standards for reviewing California postsecondary institutions that participate in federal student aid programs under Title IV of the 1992 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and that are referred by the U.S. Department of Education for review under regulations implementing that Act (34 CFR, Section 667.21).

The Act and its regulations spell out 14 areas of concern in which the state postsecondary review entity in each state has to develop standards. In California, as is evident from the following pages, for most of the standards, the Commission has developed specific requirements for each of four different types of institution:

  1. Schools, agents, and agencies that offer vocational and non-degree granting programs and that are approved by the State's Council for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education;
  2. Private postsecondary institutions that offer degree-granting programs and that are approved by the Council;
  3. Institutions accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges; and
  4. Institutions accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
The Postsecondary Education Commission adopted these standards after an extensive consultation process involving an Advisory Committee on the State Postsecondary Review Entity and six public forums held throughout the State to accept testimony about the standards. A summary of that testimony and Commission staff reactions to it appears in Commission Report 94-15, Comments at Public Forums Regarding the Commission's State Postsecondary Review Entity (SPRE) Program and Its Draft Standards, with Staff Reactions (October 1994). The Commission plans to review the SPRE standards periodically and, when necessary, revise them. In so doing, it will continue to seek input from California's postsecondary institutions and other interested parties.
Related Topics: Enrollment Demand and Capacity Analysis

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