Rating the Rating System: The New Federal Postsecondary Institution Ratings System

June 04, 2015

June 4, 2015:  Yolanda Gallegos, together with Diane Auer Jones, Senior Vice President and Chief External Affairs Officer, Career Education Corp.; Anthony S. Bieda, Vice President of External Affairs, ACICS;  and Robert Johnson, Executive Director of California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) will present: “Rating the Rating System: The New Federal Postsecondary Institution Ratings System” at the 2015 APSCU Convention in Denver, Colorado.

Amid the clamor over recent regulations, a more silent but ardent effort to radically change the landscape of federal aid is underway. Late last year, President Obama released the draft framework for a Postsecondary Institutional Ratings System (PIRS) — a college rating system scheduled to go into effect in the 2015-16 academic year.  If the Administration’s plan is fully realized, the ratings system would fundamentally shift the funding paradigm that was the basis of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and would materially change the way institutions gain access to Title IV.   PIRS ratings could be used to restrict Title IV funding for institutions in good standing with their accreditor but with low PIRS scores, while those with accreditation deficiencies but high PIRS  scores could have access to greater Title IV funding.  Learn what’s in store.