Higher education (91 - 100 of 321 items)
Federal Family Education Loan Program: Statutory and Regulatory Changes Could Avert Billions in Unnecessary Federal Subsidy Payments
GAO-04-1070: Published: Sep 20, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2004.
To encourage lenders to make student loans under the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP), the federal government guarantees lenders a statutorily specified rate of return--called lender yield. Some lenders may issue tax-exempt bonds to raise capital to make or purchase loans; loans financed with such bonds issued prior to 10/1/93 are guaranteed a minimum lender yield of 9.5% (hereafter c...
Diploma Mills: Federal Employees Have Obtained Degrees from Diploma Mills and Other Unaccredited Schools, Some at Government Expense
GAO-04-771T: Published: May 11, 2004. Publicly Released: May 11, 2004.
As requested, GAO conducted an investigation to determine whether the federal government has paid for degrees from diploma mills and other unaccredited postsecondary schools. Section 4107 of title 5, U. S. Code, only permits the federal government to pay for the cost of academic degree training provided by a college or university that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting body. GAO...
Distance Education: Improved Data on Program Costs and Guidelines on Quality Assessments Needed to Inform Federal Policy
GAO-04-279: Published: Feb 26, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 2004.
Distance education--that is, offering courses by Internet, video, or other forms outside the classroom--has changed considerably in recent years and is a growing force in postsecondary education. More than a decade ago, concerns about fraud and abuse by some correspondence schools led to federal restrictions on, among other things, the percentage of courses a school could provide by distance educa...
Direct Student Loan Program: Management Actions Could Enhance Customer Service
GAO-04-107: Published: Nov 20, 2003. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2003.
In 1993, Congress authorized the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program as an alternative to the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP). While the Direct Loan Program was originally mandated to replace FFELP, Congress revised the law allowing both loan programs to continue. Since that time, competition between the programs has been credited with improving borrower benefits and service...
Federally Funded Research at Institutions of Higher Education, an E-supplement to GAO-04-31
GAO-04-223SP: Published: Nov 14, 2003. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2003.
This document presents the results of GAO's survey of federal higher education grant recipients. To obtain data about the policies of universities and colleges concerning (1) making the results of federally funded research available to the public without delays, and (2) managing financial conflicts of interest, we surveyed these universities and colleges via a web-based survey. In addition, we ask...
Federal Student Aid: Expanding Eligibility for Less Than Halftime Students Could Increase Program Costs, But Benefits Uncertain
GAO-03-905: Published: Sep 10, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2003.
Despite the availability of federal, state, and other sources of student aid, concerns have been raised that adult undergraduates--those 24 and older--receive inadequate assistance in meeting the costs of postsecondary education, particularly those adults who take one to five credits per term (or less than halftime). These concerns have been raised because less-than halftime adult students are una...
Distance Education: Challenges for Minority Serving Institutions and Implications for Federal Education Policy
GAO-04-78T: Published: Oct 6, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2003.
The Higher Education Act of 1965 gives special recognition to some postsecondary schools--called Minority Serving Institutions--that serve a high percentage of minority students. These and other schools face stiff challenges in keeping pace with technology. One rapidly growing area, distance education, has commanded particular attention and an estimated 1.5 million students have enrolled in at lea...
Distance Education: More Data Could Improve Education's Ability to Track Technology at Minority Serving Institutions
GAO-03-900: Published: Sep 12, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2003.
Distance education--offering courses by Internet, video, or other forms outside the classroom--is a fast growing part of postsecondary education. GAO was asked to review the state of distance education at Minority Serving Institutions, which are schools that serve high percentages of minority students, including Blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians. Under Titles III and V of the Higher Educatio...
Head Start: Increased Percentage of Teachers Nationwide Have Required Degrees, but Better Information on Classroom Teachers' Qualifications Needed
GAO-04-5: Published: Oct 1, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2003.
The 1998 Head Start Act mandated that 50 percent of all Head Start teachers nationwide have a minimum of an associate degree in early childhood education, or, in a related field with preschool teaching experience, by September 30, 2003. This law also required that each classroom in center-based programs (those that primarily provide services in classroom settings) without such a degreed teacher ha...
Special Education: Federal Actions Can Assist States in Improving Postsecondary Outcomes for Youth
GAO-03-773: Published: Jul 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2003.
States receive federal funds under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to help students with disabilities reach their postsecondary goals, and various federal programs offer services that can assist these youth. However, research has documented that youth with disabilities are less likely to transition into postsecondary education and employment. Congress requested that GAO prov...