Government Regulations

ATB Testing at the State Level

Since the removal of federal financial aid for students without a high school diploma or the equivalent, ATB testing has become a confusing area for many institutions. Guidelines at the state level and in the regulations of some accrediting bodies have not been updated, resulting in many calls to our support team. Hopefully this article will clear up some of the uncertainty around the use of ATB tests for purposes other than Title IV funding. Read more about ATB Testing at the State Level

ATB: The Options

As you know, after July 1st, only students with a high school diploma, GED, or Home School Certification are eligible for Title IV funding, including Pell Grants. Read more about ATB: The Options

For-Profit Repayment Rates Improving

Last Friday, the Department of Education released new data on two- and three-year federal student loan cohort default rates.

Don’t let the news get you down. There were some exciting – and positive – numbers that came
out of the report: the two-year default rate of for-profit institutions decreased from 15%
to 12.9%.
Read more about For-Profit Repayment Rates Improving

Embracing Gainful Employment

On the eve of implementing the Department of Education’s (ED) highly controversial Gainful Employment regulations, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled against the Department of Education and struck down the regulations, stating that, “The debt repayment standard was not based upon any facts at all.” Read more about Embracing Gainful Employment

What is Disparate Impact?

In simple terms, disparate impact occurs when a practice or hiring standard that is neutral and non-discriminatory in its intent has a disproportionately negative impact on individuals within certain subgroups protected by civil rights laws (e.g., race, gender, age).

Many hiring practices exhibit disparate impact, including: Read more about What is Disparate Impact?

Reasonable Accommodations for Employment Testing

Reasonable accommodation has long been recognized as an essential component of the hiring process, including the administration of assessments. Additionally, it is legally mandated under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While the ADA does not define reasonable accommodation, it provides a list of examples of what might constitute a reasonable accommodation. Read more about Reasonable Accommodations for Employment Testing

Preparing for NRS Reporting Changes

It seems so long ago since state directors, adult education stakeholders, and the OVAE staff met to make changes regarding follow-up measures. But the time has come, and these changes will go into effect in just a few weeks.

What's changing? While in the past, the NRS relied on student self-reported goals like “earn my GED,” effective July 1, 2012, students will automatically be entered into the following cohorts: Read more about Preparing for NRS Reporting Changes

House Appropriations Bill Blocks Implementation of EEOC Guidelines

On April 25, 2012, the EEOC released new guidelines regarding employers’ use of criminal conviction information in the employment process. In the wake of the release of these guidelines, the business community, as well as other interested parties, has indicated that the guidelines go way too far in their restriction of employers' use of criminal background information. Read more about House Appropriations Bill Blocks Implementation of EEOC Guidelines