ERIC Number: ED175300
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
"Progress or Abuse--A Choice." A Study to Investigate the Need for Legislative and Administrative Actions Regarding Standards of Progress Provisions of the GI Bill and Class Session Requirements of the Veterans' Administration Regulations.
Veterans Administration, Washington, DC.
The need for legislative and administrative action was examined in regard to the GI Bill and the satisfactory progress requirements and the "seat-time" requirements prescribed by regulation. Information is presented on the GI Bill Improvement Act of 1977 (P.L. 95-202), standards of progress of the veteran student, and contact time, or seat time. The current GI Bill provides for discontinuance of educational assistance allowance, if according to the standards and practices of the educational institution, the veteran's progress is unsatisfactory. Contact time, or seat time, refers to the requirement that payment of full-time benefits requires full-time educational activity. Problems have involved nonattendance, withdrawal without penalty, nonenforcement of published standards of progress, or no published standards. It is concluded that the issues involving Standards of Progress and Measurement for Payment Purposes have resulted in a serious deterioration of the relationship between the Veterans Administration and the higher education community. Proposed steps to improve the situation are briefly outlined, and recommendations for legislative and administrative changes are made. Information obtained from a data-gathering project on the GI Bill conducted by William G. Shannon is appended and comprises 342 pages. (SW)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Veterans Administration, Washington, DC.