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ERIC Number: ED628391
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2023-Apr
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
Department of Education: Employment Information for Key Grant Programs That Foster Expertise in World Languages and Cultures. Report to Congressional Requesters. GAO-23-105971
Emrey-Arras, Melissa
US Government Accountability Office
In today's interconnected world, many career fields--such as diplomacy, national security, and business--need individuals with knowledge about world languages and cultures. To address these areas of needed expertise--both at the federal level as well as in the education, business, and nonprofit sectors--the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, authorizes The Department of Education's Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) and National Resource Center (NRC) grant programs. The US Government Accountability Office was asked to review how these programs support employment in areas of need. Among other issues, this report addresses how selected grantee universities describe encouraging employment in areas of need in their grant applications, and what Education's most recent survey of FLAS graduates shows about respondents' employment outcomes. GAO reviewed relevant application narratives from a non-generalizable sample of 27 NRC grantee universities (25 of which were also FLAS grantees) and grouped employment activities described by grantees into nine categories. These grantees comprised about 23 percent of all fiscal year 2022 NRC and FLAS grantee universities. GAO also analyzed the results from Education's 2019 survey of FLAS graduates, the most recent available. Due to the differences in the structure of the FLAS and NRC programs, Education does not administer a similar survey to NRC grantees. In addition, GAO reviewed relevant federal laws and regulations and program documents, and interviewed officials from Education.
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Higher Education Act 1965
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A