Educational Standards


 

 

The Arizona Private School Association is a self-regulating body of licensed private career colleges & schools. The curriculums are designed for post secondary students and adults to acquire a modern skill for early entry into the job market. APSA is dedicated to quality post secondary education in the State of Arizona, and to support the mission and the role of private career schools within the educational community. Look for the APSA logo, it's your symbol of a quality education. All APSA colleges and schools must comply with high industry standards. APSA schools follow a Code of Ethics, educational standards and advertising guidelines.

All APSA Members must follow the rules listed below:

  • Schools must employ qualified directors, administrators and teachers.
  • Schools will use a curriculum of adequate level, content, and duration to achieve the published objectives for which they are offered.
  • Schools must comply with all applicable rules and regulations of the State of Arizona and have a valid state license to operate a school.
  • The school has a sound financial structure with sufficient resources for continued operation.
  • The school has an equitable refund policy for the refund of the unused portion of tuition in the event that a student enrolled in the school fails to begin a course, withdraws, or is discontinued at any time prior to completion.
  • Satisfactory standards relating to attendance, the school enforces progress and conduct.
  • The school is conducted within a permanent facility and location.
  • Upon satisfactory completion of training, the student is given a certificate, diploma, or degree by the school indicating completion of training.
  • The schoolrooms, buildings, and student housing facilities must meet the requirements of local authorities.
  • Space, area, heat, light, ventilation must be sufficient and reasonable.
  • Educational laboratory equipment must be such quantity, quality, and type as to be sufficient and modern for the type of training offered and the number of students enrolled.
  • The program of instruction must be pre-requisite training for a gainful occupation. Employment opportunities must support the need for instruction.
  • Course content, quality and length must be consistent with recognized standards. Adequate course outlines must be available and provided to prospective students. Subject material must satisfy the current needs of the industry, and the course length must be clearly defined with a description of the achievement goals.
  • The director of training must have the educational background, technical experience, and administrative competence to plan and properly supervise the training programs.
  • Each instructor must be experienced in the field, trained to teach, and demonstrates continuing knowledge and study of his particular subject area.
  • The instructor should be of good character and have enough maturity to serve in the demanding capacity as a teacher.
  • The instructional staff must be large enough to properly serve the student enrollment.
  • Qualified assistant instructors may be used provided they function under the direct supervision of a qualified instructor.
  • Textbooks and references must be modern, comprehensive and subject related.
  • Lesson, project and information sheets are to be accurate, reflect current knowledge and practices, and be reproduced legibly and neatly.
  • Teaching devices and visual aids must be adequate for the objectives of the training program.
  • All printed materials must truthfully represent the school, its training program, the facilities, and its accreditation (if any).
  • Catalogs and brochures used to advertise the school should explain and interpret the school accurately.
  • Catalogs must contain information on other course synopsis, hours of each required subject, entrance requirements, hours of attendance, tuition charges, fees and discounts, refund policy, scholarship programs, schedules, grading procedures, student regulation, housing and placement practices.
  • Schools will enroll only qualified students who may be reasonably expected to benefit from the training offered.
  • The school must truthfully convey industry requirements and limitations of opportunities for those who have health or physical problems.
  • Compulsory school age students should be enrolled only with the consent of the proper authorities.
  • Schools will avoid any overt or implied claims of job guarantee upon completion of the training.
  • It is the responsibility of every school to provide placement guidance for all graduates who seek employment.
  • Placement records of graduates must be retained for a reasonable period of time.
  • All member schools must answer student complaints in a timely and equitable manner.
  • All school owners must be of good moral character and have the administrative competence to operate the school.