Not directly related to Arno's alleged suggestion...however... I've just read several CA Senate hearings on Postsecondary Ed. Apparently, BPPVE must withstand another round of 10% budgetary cuts in order to help cover the CA deficit. In that same hearing, it was noted that a monitor will be appointed to report on the BPPVE, its processes, procedures, and enforcement effectiveness in early 2005. (this underscores the need for objective data, since there is lots of speculation) Apparently, the law sponsoring BPPVE is to be extended to 2007. Also, in another Senate hearing related to regional accreditation and required approval by BPPVE of RA schools, it was noted that the last time an evaluation of approval standards and regulations vs accreditation was conducted in 1991, it was determined that CA approval standards were MORE stringent than regional accreditation. It was recommended that a more current evaluation be conducted to keep the data current, and in a cost cutting measure it was recommended that approval resources not be used to re-certify/approve schools already accredited (about 10% of the total postsecondary school count in CA).