We’ve been promised an updated Program Review Guide for years and after long last, it’s here. Not surprisingly it looks a lot like the last program review guide but contains updated information about the general guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education for both Department personnel tasked with conducting program reviews of institutions as well as information to assist institutions in preparing for and participating in a program review. The new guide covers everything from general program review processes to procedures and guidelines for following up. Surprisingly the Department doesn’t give away any secrets like their use of the “Wayback machine”  but it’s still great to have an updated reference guide for if and when the occasion arises.

At NASFAA’s 2017 Conference Jeff Baker explained that the Department continues to expand the number and focus of program reviews it conducts each year while admitting that they would like to do more than they are presently capable of doing.


A financial aid consultant can help your college identify risks and prevent program review findings

What are the most frequently reported program review findings according to ED?

ED recently released an updated program review guide packed with lot’s of great info to help schools and colleges understand the in’s and out’s of a program review. The new guide covers everything from general program review processes to procedures and guidelines for following up. According to the guide, these are the most frequently cited program review findings. 

These are the top ten most frequently cited program review findings at colleges and universities.

  • Crime Awareness Requirements Not Met
  • Verification Violations
  • Return to Title IV Calculation Errors
  • Student Credit Balance Deficiencies
  • Drug Abuse Prevention Requirements Not Met
  • Student Status – Inaccurate/Untimely Reporting
  • Entrance/Exit Counseling Deficiencies
  • Consumer Information Requirements Not Met
  • SAP Policy Not Adequately Developed and/or Monitored
  • Inaccurate Record keeping

How does your institution assess it’s risk and preparedness for audits and program reviews?

To learn more about how your institution can adjust its processes and reporting to minimize its risk of these federal student aid compliance issues, please contact us.

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Higher Ed Executives Summer Reading List: Thought Leaders

Higher Ed Executives Summer Reading List - Higher Ed Consultants

Looking for inspiration as you head to the beach this summer? We’ve got you covered with ten of our favorite reads in our summer reading list.

Consider this for your summer reading list. We’ve culled a few great recommendations from your suggestions, plus added a few of our own “must reads” by the top thought leaders on Higher Education, Leadership and Business. One thing’s for sure, each is best when read beachside/poolside with ice cream.

 Higher Ed Executives Summer Reading List: Thought Leaders

• “A Passion for Leadership” – by Robert M. Gates
• “More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First” – by Steven Hilton with Jason and Scott Bade
• “College: What It Was, Is, And Should Be” – by Andrew Delbanco
• “Paying the Price” – by Sara Goldrick-Rab
• “Lower Ed” – by Tressie McMillan Cottom
• “Dear Committee Members” – by Julie Schumacher
• “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” – by John C. Maxwell
• “Meditations” – by Marcus Aurelius
• “StrengthsFinder 2.0” – by Tom Rath
• “The Essential Drucker” – by Peter F. Drucker

What’s on your summer reading list? Drop us a line and share your summer reads on twitter. 

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