Program Integrity Issues

On October 29, 2010, the Department of Education published in the Federal Register final regulations for improving integrity in the programs authorized under title IV of the HigherEducation Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) (October 29, 2010, final regulations). The preamble to those regulations was revised in a Federal Register notice of March 22, 2013.

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Shaming Accreditors

The Obama administration is trying to ratchet up already growing pressure on accrediting agencies to focus more intently on whether colleges are graduating students with the skills they need to get jobs and repay their loans.

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Grading the Administration’s College Scorecard: Incomplete

President Obama has unveiled a new “College Scorecard,” an online tool the administration promises will provide prospective students “reliable data on every institution of higher education.” The basic concept behind the scorecard – strengthening transparency in higher education – has long been a bipartisan priority. In fact, Republicans and Democrats are championing a legislative proposal to help students and families make informed decisions about which school to attend and how to pay for it.

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