Reacting to ongoing concerns and complaints expressed by members of Congress and others, the accrediting community has been very busy introducing new policies and procedures and refining their respective processes in preparation for the looming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
Institutions that are in the process of developing competency-based education (CBE) programs now have a clearer window to the US Department of Education’s perspective on how federal student financial aid rules can accommodate this alternative educational delivery methodology—and what institutions must do to demonstrate and maintain compliance.
In our last alert on the growing interaction between edtech and disability law, we noted that the Department of Justice (DOJ) appears to be moving to extend the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to reach entities other than schools that provide online educational programs and services.
New regulations under the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that took effect in July have a direct impact on all institutions’ Annual Security Reports as well as other aspects of institutions’ compliance with the campus crime and safety requirements under the Clery Act.
As additional elements of the Gainful Employment Rules (GE) have become effective, the Department of Education (ED) has provided additional formal and informal guidance regarding its expectations for reporting, certification, and disclosures.
Recently, a number of third-party test providers have begun promoting the Department of Education’s (ED) approval of their Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) assessments by notifying institutions that, after a three-year hiatus, they can once again award federal financial aid to students who do not have high school diplomas.
The Department of Education published another announcement in its series of Electronic Announcements (EAs) last week, as it prepares to implement the new Gainful Employment (GE) regulations. Those regulations are scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2015, unless blocked in court.