Notes From the Negotiated Rulemaking Sessions

Career College Central summary:
 

  • Career College Central editor Kevin Kuzma is in Washington, D.C. covering the negotiated regulation sessions on gainful employment. The meetings are being held at the U.S. Department of Education at 1990 K Street N.W., Eighth Floor Conference Center, Washington, DC. They will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern on September 9 – 10.
     
  • Here is a recap from the session on Monday, September 9:
  • The morning was spent reviewing the rules of engagement for discussions, as well as nominations for new representatives to the committee.
  • There are 28 negotiators, 14 primary and 14 alternate, representing a number of constituencies. The role of the committee is to come to "absolute consensus" on the gainful employment rule. The negotiators are squeezed together in a tight conference room. The crowd has spilled over into the waiting area … a dozen or so people listening to comments broadcast into the hall.
  • As reported … Brian Jones, General Counsel at Strayer, will represent private, for-profit institutions — publicly traded. Marc Jerome, Monroe College, represents private, for-profit schools — not publicly traded. Chidi Ogene was nominated to join the panel of negotiators to represent law schools and "first professional degrees.” Chidi Ogene is Interim Dean at Florida Coastal School of Law. Ogene was denied a spot on the committee, along with Vickie Schray of Bridgepoint who was also nominated. 
  • After spending the morning discussing the parameters of the conversations, the committee finally agreed to a revised agenda that it will cover over six days of deliberations and another set of sessions in October. Metrics were the central focus of the afternoon session.
  • Barmak Nassirian suggested that, in the past, the DOE has allowed schools to function on the honor system after their program(s) fail to prepare graduates for work. He said schools could tell the DOE they were making improvements, and there would be no follow up from the Department for 5-6 years, in which time students could acquire millions in dollars of debt (in total).
  • Raymond tested noted that even if his school could find a way to charge next to nothing for a program, the school cannot control how much money students qualify to borrow.

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