The New York Senate released its report on the state of advanced schooling in New York on January 28, 2013, reported by David Lombardo from the Schenectady Daily Gazette. Advanced schooling Committee Chairman Ken LaValle gave his committee members credit for a year of sound oversight of post-high school education. He explained in his statement that:
“I wish to thank the committee members for their continued support and commitment through the 2012 legislative session. I look forward to still delivering with my colleagues on the committee as well as in the entire Senate as we strive to make Ny State advanced schooling the best on the planet.”
State licensing requirements and regulation of privately-run trade schools were chief among the state’s concerns this year.
About 500 for-profit trade schools now operate under state licenses. These schools offer many non-degree programs, plus some of them are hybrid programs that combine facets of study that are not strictly in business or trade, such as where record-keeping is combined with phlebotomy for a certificate in medical office assistance. 200 such schools are operating with pending licenses, and the state is aware of a need for strict oversight.
There happen to be reports of scams and other predatory behavior in this sector. 2012 laws have strengthened the state’s capability to carry out this regulation.
There are at least 50 professions that require licensing in New York State, and also the committee considered many questions about these professions. The profession of Occupational Therapy has a new requirement for continuing education for 2013, however the committee is considering a bill that will allow veterinarians to supply free spaying and neutering services instead of continuing education credits. The state is also expanding pharmacists’ licenses allowing them to provide flu shots. Because of licensing requirements that make it difficult for some state agencies to employ social workers and therapists, a three-year extension for compliance was granted to these agencies. The committee is also examining professions that require to develop licensing programs, such as reflexology and genetic counseling.
A wide variety of other bills were discussed in committee. Such as offers of tuition help for kids of combat veterans and giving in-state tuition at CUNY campuses to US military personnel stationed in Ny. Senior residents of New York may benefit, too, as the committee has considered a bill to permit free tuition at public universities for all those over 60.