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Call To Action – Comment on the Gainful Employment regulations before time runs out (Sep 9)

by Kelly Walsh on September 1, 2010


The last date for public comment on these perplexing regulations (slated to become law on Nov. 1) is coming fast!

The only soapbox I tend to hop on here is the one where I advocate for education technology, but these new regulations are seriously disconcerting and I just have to weigh in, and reach out to readers.

The Gainful Employment regulations are aimed at for-profit career colleges (“those engaged in training leading to gainful employment”) and so much about these regulations is simply unfair, and rather troubling. Not only are they likely to make education less attainable for many low income and minority students, but the regulations don’t appear to allow for any sort of due process.

The intent of the regulations is to limit or deny Title IV aid (Pell grants, loans, etc.) to students in schools that have “higher than normal” default rates, along with other harmful punitive measures, including forced enrollment limits. This may very well make sense for some unscrupulous educational institutions out there, but these regulations fail to take into consideration things like a school’s graduation or placement rates, students who postpone paying loans while they continue their education, or a long list of other highly relevant factors. There is a clear need to more carefully consider the impact this can have on many students across the country, who should not be made to suffer due to the actions of the few.

To provide additional information and clarity, here are a few insightful resources on the subject:

Please take a moment right now to click here and submit your comments, or a preformatted letter, to the DoE. Remember, the government’s final period for input from the public on this legislation (presently scheduled to become law on Nov. 1) closes on September 9. We can be heard and we can make a difference. Thanks!

For more on this issue, please visit:


Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded He frequently delivers presentations and training on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Walsh became the Community Administrator for the Flipped Learning Network in June of 2016. In his "spare time" he also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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