Preliminary results from a federal review of Grand Canyon University turned up some possible issues with admission counselors’ pay, financial aid and a degree program that didn’t prepare students for jobs, according to a regulatory filing made by the school’s parent company on Monday.
It’s unclear when final results for the U.S. Department of Education program review, which included a site visit in July 2010, will be available. The review covers the 2008-09 and the 2009-10 financial-aid award years.
Such reviews are standard for schools that receive Title IV funds – federal financial aid for students – but they do sometimes result in fines.
The Education Department includes several early conclusions:
Phoenix-based Grand Canyon Education continues to monitor these issues, according to a statement in the company’s filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The university compensation plan for admission counselors followed the law in place at the time, the statement said. And the company maintains that the school’s Interdisciplinary Studies program, which Grand Canyon says was created in response to a request by an employer, is eligible for federal financial aid. The school is reviewing student files on the financial-aid issue and plans to submit more information to the Department of Education.
"The university is committed to resolving any issues of non-compliance identified in the final program review determination letter and ensuring that Grand Canyon University operates in compliance with all Department of Education requirements," the statement said.