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ERIC Number: ED414779
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul-29
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Student Financial Aid Systems: Absence of Guiding Architecture Reduces Efficiency, Ease of Use. Testimony before the Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education, Training, and Life-Long Learning, House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
Willemssen, Joel C.
This testimony is an evaluation of the U.S. Department of Education's progress in integrating its National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) with other student financial aid systems, as required by law. NSLDS was authorized under the 1986 Higher Education Act amendments as a means to improve compliance with repayment and loan-limitation provisions, and to help ensure accurate information on student loan indebtedness and institutional lending practices. The testimony maintains that the Department of Education has made only limited progress in integrating NSLDS with other systems, largely because the department has not developed an overall systems architecture, which has allowed the proliferation of individual stand-alone systems. Although information can be shared among systems, the process is cumbersome, expensive, and inefficient. It is recommended that the Department of Education develop and enforce a department-wide systems architecture by June 30, 1998, and that all information technology investments made after that date conform to this architecture. A table outlines student financial aid systems contract costs over the last 5 years. A list of 12 related General Accounting Office publications is included. (MDM)
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Accounting and Information Management Div.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Higher Education Act Title IV