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Staff Report
to the
Senior Department Official
on
Recognition Compliance Issues

RECOMMENDATION PAGE

1.
Agency:   Pennsylvania State Board for Vocational Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education (2004/2015)
                  (The dates provided are the date of initial listing as a recognized agency and the date of the agency’s last grant of recognition.)
 
2.
Action Item:   Petition for Continued Recognition
 
3.
Scope of Recognition:   State agency for the approval of public postsecondary vocational education.
4.
Date of Advisory Committee Meeting:   December, 2015
 
5.
Staff Recommendation:   Renew the agency's recognition for four years
 
6.
Issues or Problems:   None


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 
 

PART I: GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE AGENCY

 
The Pennsylvania State Board of Vocational Education (PSBVE), Bureau of Career and Technical Education (BCTE), is a state agency recognized for the approval of public postsecondary vocational education. Its legal authorization was established by Pennsylvania Statute and gives the agency jurisdiction to oversee the public institutions that offer public postsecondary vocational education.

Currently there are approximately 79 occupational or comprehensive institutions, which include 21 high schools and 58 vocational-technical schools offering public postsecondary vocational education to approximately 19,361 participating adults enrolled in 552 non-degree programs across the state.

These are non-degree programs provided at Area Vocational-Technical Schools (AVTS) that offer education and training for employment to adults in a variety of occupations. The Pennsylvania Department of Education views this as a viable means for expanding quality postsecondary education and training opportunities in local communities across the state, for reaching a cohort of the state’s population that has been unable to access traditional higher education institutions, and for enhancing collaboration and addressing the needs of the local labor markets.
 
 
Recognition History
 
The Pennsylvania State Board of Vocational Education (PSBVE), Bureau of Career and Technical Education (BCTE) was initially recognized in 2004 for a period of two years and the agency was requested to submit an interim report. The NACIQI reviewed the agency’s interim report at its fall 2005 meeting and recommended that the Secretary accept the report.

In June 2006, the agency submitted its petition for continued recognition. The Secretary recognized the agency for a period of four years (maximum timeframe for recognition of a State agency) and requested an interim report which the Secretary subsequently accepted in 2008.

In December, 2011 the agency submitted its petition for continued recognition. The NACIQI and Department recommended and the Assistant Secretary concurred to continue the agency's recognition and require the agency to come into compliance within 12 months and submit a compliance report.

In December, 2013 The NACIQI accepted the agency' compliance report and granted recognition to BCTE for a period of two years. The agency's petition for continued recognition is the subject of this report.

The Department received no complaints this recognition cycle regarding this agency's accreditation activities





PART II: SUMMARY OF FINDINGS

 
The agency meets the requirements of the Secretary’s Criteria for Recognition.
 
 

PART III: THIRD PARTY COMMENTS

 
The Department did not receive any written third-party comments regarding this agency.