Monthly Archives: November 2013

Gainful Employment – Round 2.5

US DOE has added an additional session for Gainful employment negotiations in December to obtain the data discussed to hopes of understanding the impact it will have on institutions prior to an implementation of a policy. However, DOE has stated that the data will not drive policy, but inform on it.

Read more details: ‘Gainful Employment’ Negotiations to Be Extended – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education by Kelly Field

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Will Reciprocity work?

The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (AKA. SARA) is gearing up to begin accepting members, but will the states join the party? Many states are sitting back waiting to see what happens with a national state authorization agreement. Overseen by the regional compacts, SARA is the newest work in progress to help distance education institutions obtain authorization to operate across state lines.

Read more:  Will States Reciprocate? by Carl Straumsheim Inside Higher Education

Gainful Employment – Round 2

The next round of ruling making has put out a second draft which is not pleasing either side of the issue. While more and more, the Department of Education dives into the topic of data, data, data, both sides are complaining that demands are to be made without thought on the impact these rules will have on all parties involved.

Read More: Inside Higher Education – For-Profits Step Up Gainful Criticism by Michael Stratford

Read More:  Latest Gainful-Employment Proposal Pleases No One – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Federal Trade Commission Revises Guidelines for Vocational Programs

The FTC has joined in on the fight for stricter guidelines in vocational programs. This past week, FTC released their newly revised Guidelines for Private Vocational and Distance Education Schools. These are guidelines to consumers in regard to choosing a vocational school. Their website is setup to give consumers information in which to ask institutions when thinking of attending post-secondary education.

Here is a link to the revised guidelines: Guidelines for Private Vocational and Distance Education Schools

Here is a link to the website: FTC: Choosing a Vocational School