ERIC Number: EJ1035610
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
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Transparency and Accountability: What if the Federal Gainful Employment-Debt Measures Regulations Applied to Law Schools?
Mattox, Kari Ann
Educational Considerations, v40 n3 p26-29 Sum 2013
The purpose of this analysis is to compare current guidelines of the American Bar Association (ABA) for law schools to those of the U.S. Department of Education's Gainful Employment-Debt Measures regulations in order to assess their transparency and accountability. This analysis is relevant in a time of increasing tuition costs and record levels of student debt, particularly for those attending law school. The major goals of the Gainful Employment-Debt Measures regulations are transparency and accountability, particularly as they relate to the practices and performance of for-profit institution's vocational programs, in order to protect students and taxpayers. The author asserts that, at first glance, it may seem that law schools have nothing in common with these types of institutions, but upon closer examination, there emerge common concerns around student debt and the ability of students to find employment commensurate with their education. However, as Mattox concludes, recent events call into question whether or not these federal regulations will ever be implemented, so, at this point, it remains unclear as to whether the Department will attempt to revise this portion of the Gainful Employment-Debt Measure's regulations so that it can enforce the entire measure.
Descriptors: Accountability, Federal Regulation, Law Schools, Professional Associations, Comparative Analysis, Tuition, Debt (Financial), Student Loan Programs, Standards, Proprietary Schools, Educational Legislation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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