Gainful Employment and the Federal Ability to Sanction Colleges

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Media Outlet: Washington Monthly

There will be a number of analyses of the exact details of gainful employment over the coming days (I highly recommend anything written by Ben Miller at the New America Foundation), but I want to briefly discuss on what the changes to the gainful employment rule mean for other federal accountability policies. Just over a month ago, the Department of Education released cohort default rate data, but they tweaked a calculation at the last minute that had the effect of allowing more colleges to get under the 30% default rate threshold at least once in three years to avoid sanctions.  

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Ben Miller was the higher education research director at New America, where he provided research and analysis on policies related to postsecondary education.