Thank you for the alternative to remark on the Prison Education Program (PEP) regulation.
The restoration of Pell Grants to folks in jail is a milestone in the historical past of school entry. Since 1994, when Congress eradicated Pell Grant entry, incarcerated folks have had restricted alternatives to enroll in larger training. Now with renewed federal funding, there may be hope that jail services in each state will welcome schools and universities to supply high-quality programming to their keen college students. Realizing this imaginative and prescient relies upon on the efficient implementation of the Department’s regulation, which was a profitable product of the negotiated rulemaking course of final fall. The consensus-reaching language units a powerful basis for the new Prison Education Program, however there may be room for enchancment.
This letter affords 11 suggestions, that are divided into two sections:
Critical Policy Changes
- Prevent Institutions of Higher Education and Oversight Entities from Adding Eligibility Restrictions
- Develop an Appeals Process for Oversight Entity Decisions
- Require Institutions to Disclose Third-Party Vendors
- Remove a Provision Allowing Institutions to Deny Admission to Formerly Incarcerated Applicants
- Make Best Interest Determination Metrics Optional
- Require Oversight Entities to Provide Documentation of Feedback Process
- Clarify the Two-Year Initial Approval Process
- Address Technical Language Error in Section on Application Requirements
- Define Prison Education Program
- Combine Two Best Interest Metrics Related to Transfer
- Publish Prison Education Program Applications
The letter concludes by briefly highlighting a few of the subjects that the Department might want to handle in steering to establishments of upper training (IHEs), accreditors, and oversight entities.
By adopting these strategies, the Department can be certain that incarcerated college students will obtain high-quality school programming from establishments and correctional companies which are invested in the well-being of their college students.
The above excerpt was initially revealed in Regulations.gov.
Click right here to view the full remark letter.