Update on Gainful Employment Regulations

The Department of Education (“ED”) issued new regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010 that require institutions to disclose and report certain data on Title IV, Higher Education Act (HEA) eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (“GE Programs”).

The gainful employment rules apply to non-profit (public and private) and for-profit institutions that participate in the federal student financial aid programs under Title IV, HEA.

There are two requirements:

  • Disclosure of GE Program-level data on the program’s home page and in promotional materials that are made available to prospective students
  • Reporting of program and student-level data to ED.

The disclosure requirements for GE Programs came into effect on July 1, 2011. The first reports on students enrolled in GE Programs are due on October 1, 2011. Though the deadline is October 1, 2011, ED will accept reporting data on GE Programs until November 15, 2011.

In addition, ED issued a second set of final GE Program rules for “debt measures” on June 2, 2011. GE Programs will have to meet minimum standards for loan repayment rates and debt-to-earnings ratios in order to remain eligible for Title IV funding. This second set of rules will be in effect on July 1, 2012.

This AIR Alert briefly summarizes changes for post-secondary education institutions and references resources that will assist college personnel in complying with the first set of new rules.

Read all about it.

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Three-fifths of Colleges Get C or Worse in General Education

An analysis of core education requirements at 1,007 colleges found that three-fifths of those schools require three or fewer of seven basic subjects, such as science, math and foreign language.

This is the third annual report on general education by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, titled What Will They Learn? The group has set out to illustrate the failings of America’s colleges in requiring students to learn essential subjects over the course of their education.

Most colleges allow students to study pretty much what they please. Schools make some effort to guide course choices through a system of “distribution requirements,” which typically state that students must take a certain number of classes in each of several broad areas of study.

But the general education system is deeply flawed, as higher education leaders openly admit. Very few schools come close to requiring that students learn any particular topic or work, for political reasons. Colleges are made up of competing academic departments and no department wants to be left off any list of “required” study.

Advocates of general education contend students should not be allowed to complete college without learning some amount of essential knowledge. One approach would be to teach essential texts, as favored by the great books scholars at St. John’s College. Another is to cover essential subjects, such as math, science, foreign language, composition, the fundaments of U.S. history, economics, literature and composition. Read more >>

Via Daniel de Vise, The Washington Post.

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