On October 29, 2010, and June 13, 2011, the Department of Education (ED) published final regulation in the Federal Registrar on a collection of 14 topics known as "program integrity issues." The rules and regulations created to address these issues aim to strengthen the integrity of what are known as Title IV Federal Financial Aid programs. This includes all federally funded or sponsored grant, student, loan, and work-study programs. The regulations phase in throughout 2011, 2012 and 2013 as ED and other offices finalize and publish procedures.
The Program Integrity Rules impact public, non-profit and for-profit schools in a number of significant ways. There are 14 separate topics addressed in the rules. A number of the topics apply to campus policies and operations beyond administration of Title IV programs and funds, and require the involvement of many departments and offices at UAA. This section of the website concerns just one of those 14 topics - Gainful Employment (GE).
Information on this page has been taken in part from a memo distributed by Eric R. Pederson, Assistant Vice Chancellor in January 2012. The parts of the memo appearing here pertain to the placement of disclosure statement on the web and print publications across the college.
Gainful employment is any type of employment that leads to profit for the employee. It is assumed to be a source of consistent revenue for the worker, and is considered a steady job. Gainful employment, in this instance, refers to jobs that students take after completing internships or training programs. Colleges create programs with gainful employment in a particular industry as a goal. The intent of the training is to make it easier to obtain employment. The concern of the Department of Education is for students to understand the ratio of student loans to possible income in the field they are training for through a college program.
Affected programs generally are UAA's undergraduate and graduate Certificate and Occupational Endorsement Certificate programs, including Education Certificates. UAA must comply with the Gainful Employment regulations in order to award Federal financial aid funds to students enrolled in these programs. Programs less than 16 undergraduate credits or 8 graduate credits are not eligible for Federal aid therefore, they are not subject to Gainful Employment requirements.
For CTC this means:
- Architectural Drafting
- Automotive Technology (Undergraduate Certificate and OEC)
- Aviation Maintenance
- Cisco Certified Network Associate
- Civil Drafting
- Computer & Networking Technician
- Computer Information & Office Systems
- Construction Technology
- Dietetic Internship
- Heavy Duty Transportation & Equipment
- Mechanical & Electrical Drafting
- Office Technology (?)
- Structural Drafting
Nature of the Disclosures
The primary objective of the new reporting and disclosure requirements is to allow informed decision-making by students. Program Integrity Rules state that prospective students should be able to easily find answers to the following questions at any college or university offering GE programs:
- What specific job(s) is the program designed to prepare me to perform?
- How successful have graduates of the program been in securing jobs in the field they have prepared for?
- Do students generally complete the program on-time?
- What is the total cost of the program?
- How much loan debt (federal, private, and school-based) do students typically incur?
To meet this objective, all colleges and universities offering GE programs must publish specified information for prospective students, referred to as Gainful Employment Disclosures in the rules. Institutions are expected to provide this information in a "simple and meaningful manner" on the web. They must also provide a prominent and direct link to this page on any other webpage containing general, academic, or admissions information about each and every GE program. The information is to be displayed in a format that can be located, downloaded, and searched by commonly used internet search applications.
In addition, a disclosure statement directing prospective students to the disclosure website must be included on all print materials promoting a GE program that are normally distributed to prospective students.
GE Disclosure Compliance in the College
The disclosure statement has been added to each program's webpage as is required. The Communications Coordinator is working with Enrollment Services to produce academic brochures displaying the disclosure. The College tri-fold and scholarship brochures will feature the statement once the current supply is extinguished.
The Guidelines for web compliance are as follows:
- Each GE program website must have the GE disclosure specific to that program.
- Links can be made directly to the PDFs that are part of the UAA GE website. This will meet the regulatory standard.
The Guidelines for publication compliance are as follows:
- When reviewing copy for the 2012-13 catalog, please make sure to insert the disclosure statement in any section specific to a GE program.
- Advertising, promotional, and informational materials related to a single GE program or multiple GE programs must also have a disclosure statement. This includes such things as: Catalog, Class Listing, brochures, postcards, invitations, flyers, posters, billboards, transit advertising, radio, television, web and email advertising. Anything that promotes a GE program will have the disclosure statement.
- Please DO NOT recycle large quantities of publications currently on-hand, but they should be updated to meet the GE disclosure requirements at the next printing.
There is some flexibility in how the disclosure statement is used depending upon the size and format.
- Full disclosure information (all the data required to be in the disclosure) must be included whenever feasible.
- If providing the full disclosure information is not feasible because of the size or format, the institution may display the URL or provide a live link to the webpage where the required information is located, with a clear explanation of the information that is available at that webpage. Specific guidance has been given by the Department of Education that verbiage such as "Gainful Employment Information" does NOT meet the regulatory standard in promotional materials. A statement such as this is recommended: "For more information about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at: www.XYZcollege.edu/abcprogram/disclosure"
- The following statement is to be used unless it is not feasible to put the full statement on the product:
- Many University of Alaska Anchorage Certificate and Occupational Endorsement Certificate programs are defined as Gainful Employment programs for the purposes of student financial aid. Valuable information about these programs including program cost, graduation rates, job placement rates, student loan debt, and other important consumer information can be found at www.uaa.alaska.edu/financial/gainful_employment_disclosures.cfm