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The Quarterly A newsletter from the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board Issue 26, Summer 2004 understanding of what this means, one needs to go back in time about a quarter of a century. During the last 20 to 30 years, the types of postsecondary schools and programs From the regulated by the EAB have undergone Executive Secretary significant changes. In the early 1970s, most if not all schools and programs approved by the EAB were largely vocational or technical in objective, like business schools, travel I am not sure what I was thinking a year agent training, and truck driving schools. ago when I noted in my newsletter column This “scope of approval” was reflected in the that odd-numbered summers are particularly decision to administratively attach the EAB to busy for the EAB. Based on how busy it has the Wisconsin Technical College System been this summer, I should have said every (then known as the Vocational and Technical summer is busy for the EAB. Adult Education system). In addition to July marking the official While the EAB still approves many start of the school renewal process, a good schools that have a vocational or technical portion of this summer will be spent preparing objective, the scope of approval has a 2005-07 biennial budget for submission in expanded to include degree-granting mid-September. Some of the major budget institutions, certification programs, distance- initiatives will include requests such as learning programs, and new licensure creating a student records retention policy for programs for home inspectors, massage the state and identifying the EAB as a more therapists and teachers. visible higher education agency. Due to the rapidly changing demands of Because the budget only includes those initiatives that have direct fiscal implications, Executive Secretary, continued on page 4 it is only half of the equation. The other half includes those policy initiatives that are more Here’s What’s Inside appropriately introduced as separate legislation. Although much work needs to be School News . . . . . .2 done before the budget will be ready for In the Spotlight . . . . 3 submission, the EAB is already thinking about FYI . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 developing its legislative agenda. More School News . 5 At its June 2004 meeting, members of the The National Front . 6 board began to consider issues that will frame The State Line . . . . . 6 the legislative agenda by reviewing the EAB’s Board News. . . . . . . 7 “scope of approval.” To gain a better From the Staff . . . . 8 been an exciting time for the school. They finished a market research survey in the first School quarter of 2004 and completed a move in the second quarter. Although the move was News . . . exhausting, just down the hall, Dawn says that it was well worth the trouble to get more space to meet their needs. University of Phoenix to Action! started its market research with the help of an outside firm in late 2003. Expand Brookfield Campus Results of the research gave staff The University of Phoenix plans to double reassurance that they are training students in the size of its campus in Brookfield, the right skills for today’s job market. Key Wisconsin as demand continues to grow for highlights from the research are: its degree programs. The expansion will - Employers want employees to have increase the size of the campus from 30,000 proficient computer skills - basic is not square-feet to about 60,000 square-feet by enough; September. - Job candidates lack interview skills; and The Brookfield campus opened in 2001, - Candidates have extremely poor soft and enrollment has grown significantly since skills (customer service, attitude, then. The campus is in a former movie attendance, etc.). theater building and will grow from 17 Ms. Sonnenberg states that staff classrooms to 34 after the addition is immediately went to work with these completed. challenges. They created a series of Students attending the University of Customer Service Training Workshops and Phoenix can receive a master’s degree in enhanced their Job Search Program to cover business administration or management and all the phases of the job hunt. In addition, a bachelor’s degree in business Action’s! business instructors now take the management, business administration or daily opportunity to be mentors to their business information technology. students to help them form good habits and The University of Phoenix offers training understand the value of soft skills in today’s at more than 110 campus and learning job market. centers across the country, as well as via the Action! has been operating as an adult Internet. The university was granted initial career school in the Fox River Valley since school approval from EAB in September 1986. The school served 170 students in the 2000 and enrolled more than 2400 past year. The EAB granted initial school Wisconsin residents in its 17 EAB-approved approval to Action! in December 1995. programs in 2003. (Editor’s note: The exclamation point For more information about the after the word Action in the school’s name is University of Phoenix in Brookfield call not a typographical error. Dawn told me (262) 785-0608 or visit their website at that the mark is the school’s way to let www.universityofphoenix.com. students know that staff is poised for action and ready to help them learn. To find out more about Action! Action! Reports 2004 Off to Employment and Training and its Computer/ Clerical Training Program, call (920) 730- a Great Start 9366. Dawn Sonnenberg, Director of Action! Employment and Training, Menasha, Wisconsin reports that the year 2004 has 2 Bartending Academy, Madison In the The Bartending Academy, Madison, Wisconsin, received initial school approval Spotlight on July 1, 2004. The school will begin offering its 32-hour Bartending Program in August. This program meets the New Schools requirements for individuals to receive a John Robert Powers, Brookfield bartending license in Wisconsin. The school’s owner, Joseph Chase, John Robert Powers, Bloomington, recently moved to Madison from Boise, Minnesota received initial school approval Idaho where he operated a bartending on June 14, 2004 for its Brookfield, school. Prior to owning his own bartending Wisconsin location. The school will offer a school, Mr. Chase has used his background 60-hour Competitive Program and a 300- in bar and restaurant management to work in hour Elite Program. bartending schools since 1997. The school is committed to providing Call the school at (608) 277-8477 for professional training for persons aspiring to further information. explore or enter a career in film, television, print or runway modeling. Windemere Institute of Healing To find out more about John Robert Arts Powers-Brookfield, call (262) 784-1800 or visit their corporate website at Windemere Institute of Healing Arts, johnrobertpowers.net. Decorah, Iowa, received initial school approval on July 13, 2004. The mission of Windemere Institute is to provide an Hondros Academy, Waukesha, inspiring learning environment, expert Madison faculty and a curriculum of study that is Hondros College, Westerville, Ohio, dedicated to the well-being of the body, received initial school approval on July 1, mind, emotion and spirit. 2004 for its Waukesha and Madison, Windemere’s curriculum includes two Wisconsin locations. The school will offer 4 tracks of study: “Practitioner of Healing programs: Life/Accident/Health Insurance Arts” and “Inner Focus.” This (32 hours), Property and Casualty Insurance comprehensive 691-hour program integrates (32 hours), Home Inspection (136 hours), both Western and Eastern approaches to and Mortgage Lending (60 hours). healing. Founded in 1981 by John G. Hondros, Graduates of Windemere are eligible to sit Hondros College serves the adult learner for the national Certification Exam for who desires career specific knowledge, in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, as well the financial services and real estate as licensure in most states. industries. The college offers occupational Call (563) 382-8495 or visit the school’s certification and professional licensing and website at www.windemere.org to find out development through traditional and more about this school and its program. nontraditional delivery. Further information about the school and its programs may be obtained by calling (614) 508-7200 or visiting the website at www.hondroscollege.com. 3 Executive Secretary, continued from page 1 employers and employees, life-long learning has become the norm – not the exception. Today, as the marketplace for education and training evolves, the EAB is faced with regulating new and constantly changing ORACLE OFFER REJECTED: For the types of schools and programs. This can be fourth time in less than a year, the board of explained in large part because in order to directors of PeopleSoft Inc. rejected the compete with traditional postsecondary Oracle Corporation’s takeover bid. institutions, the proprietary school sector PeopleSoft, a business-software, is used by tends to be highly responsive to the demands more than 700 colleges and universities to of its customers – working adults and their manage student records. employers. This time Oracle valued the company at While the content, structure, and delivery about $7.7 billion-a considerable drop from of programs offered by proprietary schools has been changing at an accelerating rate, its previous offer of $9.4 billion, which the statutory and, although to a lesser PeopleSoft directors turned down in degree, administrative rule provisions February. U.S. regulators have opposed governing the EAB’s scope of approval have Oracle’s hostile takeover campaign, stating not changed to meet this reality. that a conglomeration of the two companies Who would have predicted 25 years ago would hurt competition in the business- the following: for-profit universities like software market. University of Phoenix or DeVry University; distance-learning via the Internet like LOOKING FOR A JOB?: A great place Capella University and Franklin University; to start is with the U.S. Department of computer schools for Microsoft and Novell Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook certifications; newly licensed occupations 2003-2004 at http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ like home inspectors and massage therapists; home.htm. There you will find information degree-completion programs offered to fit on the job duties, working conditions, the needs of working adults; and the use of training and educational requirements, industry-recognized certifications to denote earnings and job growth outlook on special expertise in the marketplace. hundreds of careers. The EAB’s current statutory definition of a school includes “private trade, correspond- HIGHER EDUCATION ence, business and technical schools.” A OPPORTUNITY: Family income more up-to-date set of school descriptors to continued to drive educational attainment more adequately cover the scope of EAB’s results in 2002-just as it has every year since approval would be “technical, career, 1970. The parental education and family distance-learning, and degree-granting income of a child largely determines schools.” whether the child will be a college graduate As the EAB takes steps to realign its by age 24. For more information go to the statutory framework with the realities of the May 2004 edition of Postsecondary 21st century, we welcome your thoughts and Education OPPORTUNITY at http:// participation in the discussion. postsecondary.org. Best regards, 4 Ja BU Bodywork, Inc. (MSMB) is proud to be More School News celebrating 30 years of teaching the art of massage. The founders of the school, Jim and Marie Traver, certainly were not aware of what the future held when they posted flyers on Bryant & Stratton Plans telephone poles around the Twin Cities 30 New Wisconsin Campus years ago announcing the offering of a massage training program. The first Bryant & Stratton, a system of private program, consisting of 8 weeks of career colleges celebrating its 150th instruction held in their Minneapolis home, anniversary this year, will open its second has grown today to a 39 semester credit (647 Wisconsin campus this fall. To be operated hour) diploma program housed in a 1200 jointly with the downtown Milwaukee square foot building in Minneapolis. campus, the new campus will be located in At MSMB, students may attend two or the western Milwaukee suburb of four days a week, both morning and evening Wauwatosa. The college system also has programs. Start dates are offered every 7 campuses in New York, Virginia and Ohio. weeks. Students who qualify, receive Milwaukee West will house Bryant & federal financial aid and the school offers an Stratton’s Paralegal, Medical Assisting, and installment payment plan. Bachelor of Business programs, and also The school’s student clinic allows the plans to offer a registered nursing program public to enjoy massages in a supervised starting in January 2005, pending state setting where students benefit from approval. The Professional Skills Center, practicing bodywork methods, and honing which provides non-credit, customizable business and communication skills. training will also move to the west campus. MSMB received approval from EAB to The downtown campus will continue to offer training to Wisconsin residents in house the Accounting, Information March of 1999. Since that time, ten Technology, Administrative Assisting and Wisconsin residents have graduated from Associate of Business programs, along with the school. the Medical Assisting program. Bryant & The school invites you to find out more Stratton will also begin to offer a degree in about its program by visiting their website Medical Administrative Assisting this fall. at www.mplsschoolofmassage.org or by Bryant & Stratton College currently has calling them at (612) 788-8907. an enrollment of 600 students, with a projection of a combined enrollment of the two campuses this fall of 800 students. The Professional Skills Center will be training Congratulations to . . . over 200 students at the new location. Rasmussen College - Minnesota To find out more information about campuses for satisfying the definition of an Bryant and Stratton’s Milwaukee campuses, eligible institution under the Higher call (414) 276-5200 or visit their corporate Education Act for federal student aid. website at www.bryantstratton.edu. Inacom Information Systems, Madison, Minneapolis School of which achieved the Cisco Systems Partner Massage & Bodywork gold certification status for delivering a high level of support, gaining expertise in three Celebrates 30 Years specializations and achieving measurable customer satisfaction. The Minneapolis School of Massage and 5 On the National Front The State Line . . . Changes to the SAT UW/WTCS Transfer Plan March 12, 2005 marks the date of the first administration of the new SAT. The test In December 2003, the University of will be taken by students graduating in the Wisconsin System (UWS) and the class of 2006 and beyond. Wisconsin Technical College System There are 3 sections on the new SAT. (WTCS) proposed a set of new transfer Each section is scored 200-800. The new initiatives that will improve opportunities “perfect” score will be 2400 instead of 1600. for WTCS students transferring into UW The new test is 45 minutes longer than the institutions. The plan, which includes six current test (3 hours and 45 minutes instead initiatives, will provide students with of 3 hours). opportunities to transfer more of their credits The “Verbal” section will be renamed and have them apply towards their “Critical Reading” because of the increased baccalaureate degree objectives. focus on reading comprehension. There will In May of this year, a new policy was be a new “Writing” section and the level of established that enables UW institutions to the “Math” section will increase. transfer WTCS occupational/technical The cost of the new test has increased courses on a course-by-course basis. Work from $28.50 to $38.50-$40.50. continues on a policy change for transfer of general education core courses, degree completion agreement format changes, Final Rules for Collecting credit transfer contracts, liberal arts and $100 Fee from Foreign associate degree alignment by WTCS and review by UW faculties and expansion of Students Published baccalaureate degree holders in Wisconsin. More comprehensive information about The U.S. Department of Homeland this plan may be obtained on the website Security released final regulations on July 1 www.uwsa.edu/tis/. for covering a $100 fee it will levy on most foreign students and scholars tracked by the Student and Exchange Visitor Information Distance Teaching and System (SEVIS). The fee goes into effect Learning Conference in on September 1, 2004. The fee will be collected by mail or by Madison credit card via the Internet and students will have to pay it before they apply for their The 20th Annual Conference on Distance visas to enter the United States. Teaching and Learning will be held in The fees will help pay for Sevis’s Madison, Wisconsin August 2-4, 2004 at the administrative and enforcement costs. Monona Terrace Convention Center. The conference has added a new leadership symposium to the agenda this year. For registration information visit the conference’s website at www.uwex.edu/ disted/conference/04_home.htm. 6 (YA) program in Wisconsin. The YA program gives thousands of 11th and 12th grade students the opportunity to work in Board News one of 22 highly skilled occupations as part of their high school experience. The Board At the board meeting on June 10 in also administers the Tech Prep program, Madison, members discussed the EAB’s which is part of the federal Carl Perkins Act. scope of school and program approval. The program focuses on developing Members agreed that the current regulatory seamless transitions for students from K-12 structure and statutory language needs to be schools into the workplace or into higher updated to match current education and education. training realities. Mr. Craney has spent most of his In other action, the board authorized staff professional career involved with issues to initiate a deliberate and focused course of concerning education and training in the action using the school approval process to public sector, especially at the post- include industry-recognized certificate secondary level. He taught and developed programs where those programs have a science curriculum for the health demonstrated economic impact. The board occupations, industry and manufacturing, also approved budget proposal agriculture and police science programs at recommendations presented by staff. NWTC. He served as the President of the Proposals include a records retention policy Wisconsin Education Association Council for postsecondary institutions that close, (WEAC) from 1995-2001. WEAC is a moving the EAB’s appropriation structure to union/professional advocacy organization those that pertain to higher education representing 95,000 teachers and educational agencies, and the hiring of the board’s own support personnel in Wisconsin. In 1994, part-time legal counsel. President Clinton appointed him to the The board meets next on September 9. National Skills Standards Board and he has also served on the National School-to-Work Board Member Profile Advisory Council of the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor. He has served as a Terry Craney was elected Chair of the reviewer for the National Science Educational Approval Board in March of Foundation, on the founding Board of the this year. Born in Eau Claire, Mr.Craney Green Bay Children’s Museum and has been earned a Baccalaureate degree in Education, active in many local, state and national majoring in Physics with a Minor in Math. political campaigns. Mr. Craney was He later earned a Masters of Science selected by his peers at NWTC as Educator Teaching Degree in Physics from UW- of the Year in 1983 and 1988. Superior. He began his career in education The governor’s appointment to the EAB as a physics and mathematics instructor at “allows me to address issues in the fast Northeast Wisconsin Technical College growing, ever expanding arena of private (NWTC) in Green Bay at the age of 23. He post-secondary education,” states Mr. recalls that in many of his first classes the Craney. And along the way of life, he has students were older than he was. learned a couple of valuable lessons – the Interestingly, a major contributing factor to first, one never knows what work or his hire at NWTC was his work as an auto educational experience will be useful in your mechanic in high school and in college. career, and secondly, as one gains more Currently the Executive Director of the experiences, more options become available. Governor’s Work-Based Learning Board Mr. Craney is married to Diane and they (GWBLB), Mr. Craney’s Board administers have two children, Michael 13 and Taylor the highly successful Youth Apprenticeship 10. 7 from the staff . . . serves on the audit commitee and Joan Fitzgerald is a regional vice president and School Renewals serves on the computer school committee. School renewal applications for calendar year 2005 were sent to schools on July 22, 2004. Schools that have not received their Approved Schools Conference renewal application should call Blanca James at (608) 266-1996. Remember that your application and fee must reach EAB by If you haven’t already done so, be sure to September 1, 2004. mark your calendar now for the EAB Approved Schools Conference on Thursday, Staff Attends NASASPS Conference November 18, 2004 in Madison, Wisconsin. Staff encourages schools to send one or David Dies, Joan Fitzgerald and Linda more representatives to this important event. Heidtman attended the annual conference of Registration materials and a tentative the National Association of State agenda will be sent to approved schools in Administrators and Supervisors of Private early October. Schools (NASASPS) in Orlando in late April. Wisconsin is well represented in this professional organization and staff play an EAB Staff Sends Congratulations to important role in its leadership. Jack Takahashi who was recently promoted David Dies is the parliamentarian and to President of Milwaukee Career College. Educational Approval Board 30 W. Mifflin Street P.O. Box 8696 The EAB Quarterly Summer 2004 The EAB Quarterly is published in January, April, July and October by the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board to highlight accomplishments of our approved schools, inform readers of issues in higher education and provide a source of information linking our readers. EAB Staff David Dies, Executive Secretary Joan Fitzgerald, Education Consultant Linda Heidtman, Education Consultant Patrick Sweeney, Education Consultant Blanca James, Program Assistant Kyra Flores, Program Assistant We welcome comments, contributions and suggestions for articles. Contact us at 30 W. Mifflin St., 9th floor, Madison, WI 53703; Phone: (608) 266-1996. EAB website: eab.state.wi.us. 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