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Program Integrity: Gainful Employment; Correction

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AGENCY:

Department of Education.

ACTION:

Final regulations; correction.

SUMMARY:

On October 31, 2014, we published in the Federal Register final regulations for Program Integrity: Gainful Employment (Gainful Employment rule). This document corrects regulatory text, footnotes, and a chart in the Gainful Employment rule.

DATES:

Effective July 1, 2015.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

John Kolotos, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street NW., Room 8018, Washington, DC 20006-8502. Telephone: (202) 502-7762 or by email at: gainfulemploymentregulations@ed.gov.

If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service, toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This document corrects : (1) Footnote text that was omitted from the Gainful Employment rule; (2) § 668.412 of the regulations to include the implementation date for the disclosure requirements; (3) the equations for calculating completion rates for full-time students in § 668.413(b)(1)(i) of the regulations; (4) § 668.413 to add mean earnings in addition to median earnings; and (5) the notification provisions in § 668.413(c)(2) of the regulations.

In the Gainful Employment rule:

  • The text of certain footnotes was omitted;
  • We discussed that institutions must begin complying with the requirements in § 668.412 of the regulations beginning January 1, 2017. However, that language was inadvertently omitted from the regulatory text;
  • Dividing lines were omitted from the chart on page 64954 that would enhance the data presentation;
  • We revised § 668.412(a)(11) of the proposed regulations to add mean earnings, in addition to median earnings, as a possible disclosure item to be included on the disclosure template, but we did not revise § 668.413 of the regulations to reflect this addition; and
  • Section 668.413(c)(2) referred incorrectly to the cohort period with respect to the calculation of median loan debt.

Corrections

In FR Doc. No. 2014-25594, in the Federal Register of October 31, 2014 (79 FR 64890), make the following corrections:Start Printed Page 71958

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1. On page 64905, in the left-hand column, add footnote 22 to read as follows:

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22 IPEDS First-Look (July 2013), table 2. Average costs (in constant 2012-13 dollars) associated with attendance for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates at Title IV institutions operating on an academic year calendar system, and percentage change, by level of institution, type of cost, and other selected characteristics: United States, academic years 2010-11 and 2012-13.

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2. On page 64906, in the right-hand column, revise footnotes 46 and 47 to read as follows:

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46 NCES, “Transferability of Postsecondary Credit Following Student Transfer or Coenrollment,” NCES 2014-163. Available at: http://nces.ed.gov/​pubsearch/​pubsinfo.asp?​pubid=​2014163.

47 NCES, “Transferability of Postsecondary Credit Following Student Transfer or Coenrollment,” NCES 2014-163, table 3.

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3. On page 64907, in the middle column, revise footnote 54 to read as follows:

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4. On page 64954, the table is revised to read as follows:

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Date received from SSANumber ED sent to SSANumber SSA verifiedNumber SSA did not verifyNumber with earningsNumber with zero earnings
2011 GE informational rates—includes non-Title IV3/5/12811,718797,07014,708699,02498,046 [12.3% of verified].
2012 GE informational rates for reg neg Title IV only7/18/13255,168252,3282,845232,00620,317 [7.96% of verified].
2012 GE post reg neg—Title IV only8/14/13923,399917,9128,487798,952115,960 [12.6% of verified].
For College Scorecard—Title IV only derived from ED data on borrowers in FY 2007 iCDR cohort for selected institutions of higher education9/13/13900,419 901,719 902,380 921,749892,796 894,260 892,840 909,6137,623 7,459 9,540 12,136809,204 819,542 787,223 772,57483,592. 74,718. 105,617. 137,039.
Totals3,626,2673,589,50936,7583,188,543400,966 [11.1% of verified].
For College Scorecard—Title IV only derived from ED data on borrowers in FY 2008 iCDR cohort for selected institutions of higher education12/13/13969,145 985,742 490,305954,728 970,742 480,42114,417 15,000 9,884857,539 865,060 411,91797,189. 105,682. 68,504.
Totals2,445,1922,405,89139,3012,134,516271,375 [11.3% of verified].
Grand Totals8,061,7447,959,705102,0997,053,041906,664 [11.4% of verified].
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5. On page 65015, in the middle column, add paragraph (h) to § 668.412 to read as follows:

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(h) Implementation date. Institutions must comply with the requirements of this section beginning January 1, 2017.

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6. In the table of contents for subpart Q, on page 65007, in the second line in the middle column, we revise the phrase “median earnings” to read “mean and median earnings”.

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7. Beginning in the middle column on page 65015 and ending on page 65018, in each place in which the phrase “median earnings” appears, including in the heading of § 668.413, revise the phrase to read “mean and median earnings”.

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8. On page 65015, revise the two, three-column equations in § 668.413(b)(1)(i) to read as follows:

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9. On page 65018, in the left-hand column, revise § 668.413(c)(2) by removing the phrase “, in each case during the cohort period”.

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10. On page 65033, in the right-hand column, add footnotes 259 and 260 to read as follows:

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259 NCES, “Transferability of Postsecondary Credit Following Student Transfer or Coenrollment,” NCES 2014-163. Available at: http://nces.ed.gov/​pubsearch/​pubsinfo.asp?​pubid=​2014163.

260 NCES, “Transferability of Postsecondary Credit Following Student Transfer or Coenrollment,” NCES 2014-163, table 3.

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Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1001, 1002, 1088.

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Dated: November 25, 2014.

Arne Duncan,

Secretary of Education.

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[FR Doc. 2014-28284 Filed 12-3-14; 8:45 am]

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