ERIC Number: ED233661
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Rapid Assessment of the ED Institutional Eligibility and Compliance Monitoring Systems. Final Report.
Jung, Steven M.
Two U.S. Department of Education (ED) systems for establishing the initial eligibility and monitoring the performance of postsecondary institutions that participate in ED financial assistance programs were assessed. The evaluation was designed to describe and evaluate the eligibility and certification functions of ED's Eligibility and Agency Evaluation Staff, and Division of Certification and Program Review in the Office of Postsecondary Education. Estimates were provided of the burdens on postsecondary institutions and the effectiveness and efficiency of the two systems. Conclusions include: the systems are effective; although few people perceive the ED eligibility system to be burdensome, several institutional officials did not understand the necessity for submitting a new Form 1059 to update their schools' eligibility status; few people understand ED's policies for levying fines; too many small institutions enter the Title IV programs without adequate administrative expertise; procedures of the Institutional and Lender Certification Branch need clarification; the lack of a workable automated data processing system for eligibility files adversely affects efficiency; recertification following a routine change of ownership is extremely slow; and a considerable proportion of Program Review Branch staff effort is spent in smaller schools. Recommendations for each problem area are offered. (SW)
Descriptors: Accountability, Compliance (Legal), Eligibility, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Institutional Evaluation, Postsecondary Education, Program Administration, Program Effectiveness
American Institutes for Research, Palo Alto, CA 94302.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of Planning, Budget, and Evaluation.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.