ERIC Number: ED349037
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug-12
Reference Count: N/A
Audit Report of Borough of Manhattan Community College. Report 91-T-4.
Malan, Roland M.
The New York State Comptroller's Office (CO) performed a compliance review to detect specific errors or inconsistencies in the Borough of Manhattan Community College's (BMCC's) certifications of student eligibility for the state's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and Supplemental Tuition Assistance Program (STAP). The CO reviewed Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) computer-generated data on BMCC for the academic years 1984-85 through 1988-89, and then discussed inconsistencies with BMCC staff. The CO determined that BMCC was overpaid $25,418 because the college incorrectly certified students as eligible for TAP and STAP awards, and must refund the overpayment plus applicable interest to the state of New York. Following a summary of the CO's findings, this report presents background information on BMCC, and on the TAP and STAP. Next, detailed results of the review are provided in two sections, the first headed "TAP and STAP Certifications Were Not in Compliance with Education Law," which summarizes five reason for a total of 72 disallowances; and the second headed "Students Receiving STAP after TAP Payments," which highlights a disagreement between BMCC and the CO regarding students' eligibility. An examination is then provided of three educational issues affecting student eligibility for state tuition (i.e., credit hour equivalents and compensatory hours, questionable college credits awarded, and multiple use of the "R" grade, allowing students to repeat remedial courses indefinitely), as well as other issues needing review. The report concludes with recommendations to the HESC and the New York state education department. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany.