"If the roles were reversed, and the Department of Education was conducting a Student Financial Aid audit or program review of any institution of higher education, and that institution provided information with as many holes as the Department's data continues to have, the Department would immediately call into question the Administrative Capability of the institution, and would – understandably – take expedited steps to Limit, Suspend, or Terminate that institution's eligibility to participate in the Federal Student Financial Aid programs."
"It seems counter-intuitive to us," said Gregory Jones, AACS Government Relations Committee Chairman, "that the Department and the Administration would seek to develop such important regulatory policy in a matter completely and utterly inconsistent with the very process and standards upon which they evaluate us."
AACS will continue to promote these concerns in its comprehensive response to the NPRM – along with comments and recommendations specific to the proposal – and looks forward to continuing to work with the Department and the higher education community on the development of this, and other key regulations (Violence Against Women Act and Program Integrity and Improvement) in which the association is also actively engaged.
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