ERIC Number: ED414868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Sep-15
Education Programs: Major Issues Affecting Postsecondary Education, School-to-Work, and Youth Employment Programs.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
This document summarizes major postsecondary education issues and school-to-work and youth employment programs for the Education Task Force of the U.S. Senates's Committee on the Budget, and is based on General Accounting Office (GAO) studies completed during 1990-1997. The discussion of postsecondary education issues centers around five themes: ensuring access, increasing retention, improving quality, increasing affordability, and improving financial aid program management and oversight. It is noted that while postsecondary education is important to students' future earning power, the cost of attending college is rising rapidly. In addition, some federal programs designed to help educationally and economically disadvantaged youth enter, stay in, and complete postsecondary education have had limited effectiveness. Also identified are some of the financial management and oversight problems, along with congressional and agency actions taken to address these problems. Programs to help noncollege-bound youth obtain alternative work skills also have not lived up to expectations, and there is a discussion of the Job Training Partnership Act youth programs and the Job Corps programs. Appended is a list of related GAO documents. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Access to Education, Accountability, Disadvantaged Youth, Dropout Programs, Education Work Relationship, Educational Quality, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Financial Audits, Higher Education, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Loan Repayment, Management Information Systems, Money Management, Noncollege Bound Students, Paying for College, Postsecondary Education, Program Administration, School Business Relationship, School Holding Power, Student Costs, Student Financial Aid, Tuition
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.