BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 2 - (Page 13)

AACS Remains Focused On Omissions THE WORKINGS OF WASHINGTON with Department's Release of New Proposed Gainful Employment Regulations EDITOR'S NOTE: The regulatory landscape concerning private, for-profit schools continues to shift. The following commentary reflects an assessment based on the DOE's March 14 statements regarding forprofit schools and Gainful Employment. Please be advised that AACS's Government Relations team is continually monitoring and responding to events in the regulatory realm. "AACS will continue to promote these concerns in its comprehensive response to the NPRM, along with comments and recommendations specific to the proposal..." BY TOM E. NETTING, AACS PUBLIC POLICY ADVISOR MARCH 14 THE WHITE HOUSE and U.S. Department of Education simultaneously released to the public, in advance of official publication in the Federal Register, their latest proposal to define "gainful employment in a recognized occupation." As was the case with a prior 2010 proposal that was vacated by the courts, the Administration is proposing a series of debt-to-earnings and student loan repayment metrics that would be used to determine whether select programs at public and private nonprofit institutions, and the overwhelming majority of programs at for-profit (including all disciplines within the cosmetology arts and sciences) institutions, should be eligible to receive and administer federal student financial assistance.   The American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) has actively engaged in both the preceding and more recent negotiations, and upon initial review of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPMR), is pleased to see that the recently published proposal contains significant revisions from prior iterations that are more equitable for students and schools.  While acknowledging these important modifications, AACS remains bullish in its view that the Department is premature in attempting to promulgate these regulations because they have failed to provide complete and comprehensive information on the effects of the regulations on impacted parties-thus prohibiting those institutions and programs from truly making informed decisions on how to provide constructive recommendations to the regulatory package.   "It is clear that the Department and the Administration listened to some of the concerns expressed by the negotiators and made some important changes based upon the higher education communities' suggestions," noted AACS CEO Jim Cox. "But it is still unclear to us, and our membership, the full impact of this proposal because the data the Department has provided to this point- including the data provided with the NPRM-are woefully incomplete."   AACS' analysis of the data provided by the Department at the final session of the recent negotiations and the March release of new 2012 GE B E AUT YL I NK | BA L* A N C E | 2 0 1 4 | 13

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 2

Message From the Aacs President & Cea Chair
The Workings of Washington
Creating a Recipe for the Future
Voices From the Trenches
Creating Harmony in the Classroom
Living an Integrated Life
A Student’s Perspective
And Then There’s Compliance
This Hairstylist Is on Fire!
Keeping the Enrollment Funnel Flowing
Beauty Changes Lives
Significant Changes
Battle of the Strands
Cyber Liability and Data Security
Superstar Graduate
Plagued by More Delays
Voices From the Classroom
Launching a Blow Out Career
People & Places
New Products & Services
Associate Member Profiles: Distributors
New School Members
Upcoming 2014-15 Events
Index to Advertisers

BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 2