New legislation enacted July, 1, 2011 governs the disclosure of gainful employment and other statistics in relation to certificate programs at an institution. In order to be eligible for funding under the Title IV programs, an educational certificate program must prepare students for "gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The information below defines what is considered a "gainful employment" program, and provides definition of the information an institution must disclose. The full regulation may be found in the Federal Register.
Gainful Employment (GE) Programs
The following educational programs offered are considered GE Programs subject to the new regulations:
- Non-degree programs, including all certificate programs. Certificate programs include undergraduate certificate programs, post baccalaureate certificate programs, graduate certificate programs, and postgraduate certificate programs.
- Teacher certification programs, including both programs that result in a certificate awarded by the institution and those where the institution itself does not provide a certificate but which consist of a collection of course work necessary for the student to receive a State professional teaching credential or certification.
Not Gainful Employment Programs
The following educational programs offered are not subject to the new GE Program regulations:
- Programs that lead to a degree, including associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, graduate degrees, and professional degrees.
- Programs that are at least two years in length that are fully transferable to a bachelor's degree program.
- Preparatory courses of study that provide course work necessary for enrollment in an eligible program.
Institutions are required to disclose, for each of their GE Programs, certain information about the programs to prospective students. The institution must include the information required in promotional materials it makes available to prospective students and on its Web site.
Information that must be disclosed by an institution for each of its GE Programs includes:
The name and U.S. Department of Labor's Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code of the occupations that the program prepares students to enter, along with links to occupational profiles on the U.S. Department of Labor's O*NET Web site or its successor site.
- The on-time graduation rate for students completing the program.
- The tuition and fees the institution charges a student for completing the program within normal time.
- The typical costs for books and supplies (unless those costs are included as part of tuition and fees), and the cost of room and board, if applicable.
- The job placement rate for students completing the program.
- The median loan debt incurred by students who completed the program.
How are costs determined?
Program cost is determined by the current DU tuition per credit hour multiplied by the minimum number of required credit hours to complete the certificate. For more information on tuition and fees click here: http://www.du.edu/registrar/registration/tuition.html
How are median load debt amounts determined?
For each eligible program, we disclose the median loan debt that is incurred by students who complete the program in the most recent academic year. While many students complete certificate programs while completing other programs such as degree programs, the total median debt is reported.
How long will the certificate take to complete?
While many students attend part time, the stated time to complete the program is based on fulltime enrollment. Specific questions about programs should be directed to the department offering the program.
Why are disclosures provided for some programs and not others?
Institutions are required to disclose information for programs with 10 or more students completing the program in that year. We are not permitted to disclose information for programs with less than 10 students completing in a year.