ERIC Number: ED368274
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Quality in Student Financial Aid Programs. A New Approach.
Fecso, Ronald S., Ed.
This report of the Panel on Quality Improvement in Student Financial Aid Programs examines the quality control of federal student financial aid programs covered by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and offers recommendations calling for sweeping revisions of the present system. The report explores: (1) the quality control practices employed by the Department of Education to measure the accuracy of eligibility of students for awards; and (2) the methods used by program managers, based on this information, to reduce errors. Part 1 describes the new philosophy of continuous improvement as well as Title IV student financial aid programs and the system for distributing the awards. Part 2 discusses the outcome of Department of Education activities to control, improve, and monitor the "quality of the award" in the current system. Among the topics addressed are the methodological and statistical integrity of current quality control studies, including the accuracy of estimates of national error rates; a review of the application forms and their instructions; and the potential for risk-based management of audit and review processes. Part 3 looks at the larger picture and recommends changes in the system that should more efficiently reduce the recurring problems identified in Part 2. Appendices include six papers addressing various aspects of student financial aid reform. (Contains over 60 references.) (GLR)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Higher Education, Program Administration, Program Effectiveness, Quality Control, Student Financial Aid, Total Quality Management
National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20418 ($35).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education.
Identifiers: Higher Education Act Title IV