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Negotiated Rulemaking for Higher Education 2009-10

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Gainful Employment Disclosure Template

The final program integrity regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010, [75 FR 66665 and FR 66832] require postsecondary institutions that participate in the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended, to disclose to prospective students certain information about the institution’s Gainful Employment (GE) Programs.

To assist institutions in meeting their disclosure obligation, the Department of Education designed and developed a Gainful Employment Disclosure Template (GEDT) for use by all Title IV postsecondary institutions and eligible programs. This GEDT allows institutions to quickly and easily create a Web page containing the required gainful employment disclosure information for each of their eligible educational programs.

Effective January 31, 2014, institutions must use this GEDT developed by the Department of Education to disclose the required information about their GE Programs in order to be in compliance with the GE Program regulatory requirements.

The materials below contain necessary information for institutions to comply with this requirement.

Template

U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment Disclosure Template (GEDT)

Related Files

The GEDT Quick Start Guide is designed to take users through the basic steps required to configure and host a Web page containing the required gainful employment disclosure information for each of their institution’s eligible educational programs. Before accessing the template, click on the links below to view the Quick Start Guide for use with either Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox in printable, PDF format:

Bulk Data File Upload Tool

A bulk data file option is available for uploading the data to produce the required ‘HTML’ output file for one or more GE Programs. Use the import specifications provided to set up your data file, and then click on the link to access the Bulk Data File Upload Tool.

Resources

  • Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #46
  • Additional information and resources related to the gainful employment regulations—including the published regulations and Federal Register Notices, answers to frequently asked questions, and guidelines for determining which educational programs are subject to the gainful employment regulations—are available on the Department of Education’s Gainful Employment Information Page
  • Please send questions about the gainful employment disclosure requirements to GE-Questions@ed.gov
  • For additional assistance with the Gainful Employment Disclosure Template, please contact:

    The Gainful Employment Disclosure Template Help Desk
    (855) 359-3697 (toll-free)
    gedt@inovas.net

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Team I—Program Integrity

Program Integrity Team Web Page
Session One: November 2-6, 2009
Session Two: December 7-11, 2009
Session Three: January 25-29, 2010
List of Negotiators: download files MS Word (44K) | PDF (24K)

On April 13, 2011, the Department published a correction to the final regulations published on October 29, 2010 to improve integrity in the programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), by amending the regulations for Institutional Eligibility Under the HEA, the Secretary's Recognition of Accrediting Agencies, the Secretary's Recognition Procedures for State Agencies, the Student Assistance General Provisions, the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program in part 686, the Federal Pell Grant Program, and the Academic Competitiveness Grant (AGC) and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National Smart Grant) Programs.

On October 29, 2010 the Department published final regulations amending the regulations for Institutional Eligibility Under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), to establish a process under which an institution applies for approval to offer an educational program that leads to gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

On October 29, 2010 the Department published final regulations improving integrity in the programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), by amending the regulations for Institutional Eligibility Under the HEA, the Secretary's Recognition of Accrediting Agencies, the Secretary's Recognition Procedures for State Agencies, the Student Assistance General Provisions, the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program in part 686, the Federal Pell Grant Program, and the Academic Competitiveness Grant (AGC) and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National Smart Grant) Programs.

On July 26, 2010 the Department published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM). Through this NPRM, the Secretary proposes to amend the Student Assistance General Provisions to establish measures for determining whether certain postsecondary educational programs lead to gainful employment in recognized occupations, and the conditions under which these educational programs remain eligible for the student financial assistance programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA).
- Press Release

On June 18, 2010 the Department published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM). Through this NPRM, the Secretary proposes to improve integrity in the programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) by amending the regulations for Institutional Eligibility Under the HEA, the Secretary's Recognition of Accrediting Agencies, the Secretary's Recognition Procedures for State Agencies, the Student Assistance General Provisions, the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program, the Federal Pell Grant Program, and the Academic Competitiveness Grant (AGC) and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National Smart Grant) Programs.
- Press Release

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Team II—Foreign Schools

Foreign Schools Team Web Page
Session One: November 16-20, 2009.
Session Two: January 11-15, 2010
Session Three: February 22-26, 2010
List of Negotiators: download files MS Word (38K) | PDF (19K)

On November 1, 2010 the Department published in the Federal Register final regulations for Institutional Eligibility Under the Higher Education Act of 1965, the Student Assistance General Provisions, the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, and the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program to implement provisions related to the eligibility of foreign institutions for participation in the Federal student aid programs that were added to the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-315) (HEOA), as well as other provisions related to the eligibility of foreign institutions.

On July 20, 2010 the Department published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM). Through this NPRM, the Secretary proposes to implement provisions related to the eligibility of foreign institutions for participation in the Federal student aid programs that were added to the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), as well as other provisions related to the eligibility of a foreign institution by amending the regulations for Institutional Eligibility Under the Higher Education Act of 1965, the Student Assistance General Provisions, and the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program.

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Dear Colleague Letters

Publication Date: July 20, 2011
DCL ID: GEN-11-14
Subject: Implementation of Program Integrity regulations
Summary: This letter provides guidance on one area of the final regulations published on October 29, 2010, addressing program integrity issues: the Return of Title IV Funds.
http://www.ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/attachments/GEN1114.pdf
Attachment:
http://www.ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/attachments/GEN1114Attach.pdf

Publication Date: April 20, 2011
DCL ID: GEN-11-11
Subject: State authorization under the Program Integrity Regulations
Summary: This letter provides guidance on State authorization in the context of distance learning under the Program Integrity regulations.
http://www.ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/attachments/GEN1111.pdf

Publication Date: April 20, 2011
DCL ID: GEN-11-10
Subject: Implementation of Regulatory Requirements Related to Gainful Employment Programs
Summary: This letter provides guidance on new requirements for institutions that offer educational programs that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.
http://www.ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/attachments/GEN1110.pdf

Publication Date: March 25, 2011
DCL ID: GEN-11-08
Subject: Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) Provisions published in Final Regulations on October 29, 2010 (75 FR 66832).
Summary: This letter provides guidance for institutions utilizing ATB testing under current and new regulations for students for whom English is not their native language, and who are enrolled in a program taught in their native language.
http://www.ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/attachments/GEN1108.pdf

Publication Date: March 18, 2011
DCL ID: GEN-11-06
Subject: Guidance to Institutions and Accrediting Agencies Regarding a Credit Hour as Defined in the Final Regulations Published on October 29, 2010
http://www.ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/attachments/GEN1106.pdf

Publication Date: March 17, 2011
DCL ID: GEN-11-05
Subject: Implementation of Program Integrity Regulations
Summary: This letter provides guidance on three areas of the final regulations published on October 29, 2010, addressing program integrity issues: State authorization, incentive compensation, and misrepresentation.
http://www.ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/attachments/GEN1105.pdf

All negotiating sessions were held at the Department of Education, 8th Floor Conference Center, 1990 K Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006.
Sessions will start Monday at 1:00 and end Friday at noon.

On May 26, 2009, the Department published a notice in the Federal Register announcing its intention to establish negotiated rulemaking committees. The Notice also announced three public meetings where interested parties may suggest issues that should be considered for action by the negotiating committees. The Department will also be conducting forums after each of the three hearings to discuss: (1) how changes to the Department’s financial aid communications and processes (including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) could improve college planning, preparation and access; and (2) how best to leverage federal postsecondary programs to foster student educational persistence and degree attainment. The dates and locations for these meetings are listed below.

Conference Calls

On May 29, 2009, Deputy Undersecretary Robert Shireman held a conference call with analysts and investors who monitor the career college and education industry. To hear a replay of this discussion, call toll-free 1-800-945-7621. This replay will be available until June 30.
- Transcript of the Call download files PDF (48K)

On May 29, 2009, Deputy Undersecretary Robert Shireman also held a conference call with the career college community to discuss the negotiated rulemaking sessions.
- Transcript of the Call download files PDF (52K)

Public Hearings | Forum Meetings

The public hearings were held from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., local time.

  • June 15, 2009
    Community College of Denver
    Tivoli Student Union
    900 Auraria Parkway
    Denver, CO
    Hearing Transcript: download files MS Word (143K) | PDF (247K)
    Presenters: download files MS Excel (34K) | PDF (11K)

  • June 18, 2009
    University of Arkansas
    Donaghey Student Center
    Ledbetter Assembly Hall
    Rooms B & C
    2801 S. University Avenue
    Little Rock, AR
    Hearing Transcript: download files MS Word (199K) | PDF (351K)
    Presenters: download files MS Excel (35K) | PDF (15K)

  • June 22, 2009
    Community College of Philadelphia
    Center for Business & Industry
    C2-28 Lecture Room
    18th & Callowhill Streets
    Philadelphia, PA
    Hearing Transcript: download files MS Word (303K) | PDF (647K)
    Presenters: download files MS Excel (27K) | PDF (18K)

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Forum Meetings:

  • Financial Aid Simplification
  • Fostering Student Persistence and Degree Attainment

These two sessions ran concurrently from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., local time.

  • June 16, 2009 - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Community College of Denver
    Tivoli Student Union
    Room 440/540 - Adirondacks, and
    Room 444 - Loraine Good
    900 Auraria Parkway
    Denver, CO

  • June 19, 2009 - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    University of Arkansas
    Donaghey Student Center
    Ledbetter Assembly Hall
    Rooms B & C
    2801 S. University Avenue
    Little Rock, AR

  • June 23, 2009 - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Community College of Philadelphia
    Center for Business & Industry
    C2-28 Lecture Room, and
    C3-5 Conference Room
    18th & Callowhill Streets
    Philadelphia, PA

On September 9, 2009, the Department published a notice in the Federal Register announcing its intent to establish two negotiated rulemaking committees to prepare proposed regulations under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. This notice also solicits nominations for negotiators.

For general information on negotiated rulemaking, see The Negotiated Rulemaking Process for Title IV Regulations, Frequently Asked Questions.

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