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ERIC Number: ED562003
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Pages: 53
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Higher Education: Better Management of Federal Grant and Loan Forgiveness Programs for Teachers Needed to Improve Participant Outcomes. Report to Congressional Requesters. GAO-15-314
Nowicki, Jacqueline M.
US Government Accountability Office
Education estimates 430,000 new teachers will be needed by 2020. It administers three programs that may help attract and retain qualified teachers by helping them finance their education. However, little is known about the efficacy of these programs. GAO was asked to examine the TEACH Grant and two loan forgiveness programs. This report examines (1) the number of current and potential participants in the three teacher aid programs and the extent to which TEACH Grant recipients satisfy grant requirements; (2) what selected schools, teachers, and students identified as benefits and challenges of program participation; and (3) the extent to which Education has taken steps to effectively manage and evaluate these programs. GAO reviewed applicable federal laws, regulations, and documents; analyzed participation data for the past decade; and interviewed stakeholders including agency officials, loan servicers, and students. GAO also held eight nongeneralizable focus groups with officials from 58 colleges representing a range of sizes. GAO also reviewed Ombudsman data covering the former and current TEACH Grant servicers from October 2011 to March 2014. GAO recommends, among other things, that Education assess TEACH Grant participants' failure to meet grant requirements, examine why erroneous TEACH grant-to-loan conversions occurred, disseminate information on the TEACH grant-to-loan dispute process, and establish program performance measures. Education agreed with GAO's recommendations. The following are appended: (1) Objectives, Scope, and Methodology; (2) Comments from the U.S. Department of Education; and (3) GAO Contact and Staff Acknowledgments. [In addition to GAO contact, Jacqueline M. Nowicki, Janet Mascia, Assistant Director; Rachel Beers, Analyst-in-Charge; Justin Dunleavy, and Robin Marion made significant contributions to this report. Also contributing to this report were Susan Aschoff, Deborah K. Bland, Ben Bolitzer, Alex Galuten, Stuart Kaufman, John Mingus, Mimi Nguyen, Mark F. Ramage, Kathleen van Gelder, Walter Vance, and Amber Yancey-Carroll.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office