I've got attributes for a length that the Near tool calculated, and it gave them to me in decimal degrees. I need them in feet. Is it possible to do this with the Calculate Field tool? I tried reading the documentation in the ArcMap help, but it was really unhelpful. I'm willing to do it in python or VBScript or whatever it takes.
The near tool gives you the results in the linear unit of measurement of the layer's projection. Try choosing a different (appropriate for your dataset) projection that uses feet. Then re-run the near tool.