Trump’s Initial Action Looks FAVORABLE. DOE Actions to Follow

President Trump’s Initial Action on Inauguration Day Set The Stage for FAVORABLE Department of Education Actions to Follow

Just hours after President Trump became our nation’s 45th President, he took time out of the Inaugural festivities to sign an Executive Order which he stated was intended minimize the impact of the health care law.

Around the same time the President was publicly signing the order, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus issued a memorandum to all executive departments and agencies calling upon them to freeze new or pending regulations – giving the new administration time to review them.

Sound familiar? It should, as their actions are based upon the precedent highlighted in Rep. Lee Zeldin’s Gainful Employment letter to President Trump and U.S. Secretary of Education-designee DeVos, seeking a delay in the implementation of the GR regulations and enforcement of the pending disclosures based upon the now published, but not fully implemented, final GE rates.

Rep. Zeldin knows, just as we do, that this action is a fairly standard move for a new administration – as it effectively halts any lingering policies from the Obama administration before they can be finalized.

The move also gives President Donald Trump the ability to declare an immediate impact on the regulations that Republicans have long slammed as overly burdensome or problematic — a major promise of his administration.

But what could this potentially really mean for us?

Well, it could mean:

  1. 1. Borrower Defense to Repayment regulations, finalized in October of 2016, but not scheduled to go into effect until July 1, 2017, could be delayed – along with the Student Assistance General Provisions Final Rule published on January 19, 2017 – the Obama Administration’s last day;
  2. 2. State Authorization for Distance Education regulations potentially affect 5.5 million student, published on December 19, 2016, could – once again – be delayed;
  3. 3. Provisional Program Participation Agreement and Addendum regulatory requirements distributed to all ACICS-accredited institutions, published on December 12, 2016, could be delayed and returned to only those requirements stipulated in law, not as a portion of the Summary of Selected Requirements for Institutions Accredited by ACICS, could be delayed; AND/OR
  4. 4. Gainful Employment regulations, finalized in October 2014, effective July 1, 2016 – but not yet fully implemented, could be partially or fully delayed.

Again, while there is no assurance so soon after Chief of Staff Priebus’ memo that one or more of these sets of regulations could be frozen, there are certainly legitimate justifications for doing so – and it certainly doesn’t hurt that we have outreach like Rep. Zeldin’s GE Letter arriving on their desk this week!

As we start the week in anticipation of more details to follow, CSPEN will continue to provide you with timely updates on the prospect that these delays will be supported by the new administration.

Simultaneous to these notices, we while we continue to provide key Trump transition members and congressional leaders and their staff with data, revised and refreshed talking points, and further justification maintaining the sense of urgency for the immediate adoption of all of these delays.

CSPEN suggests that our collective responsibility over the next couple of weeks is to continue to focus on outreach to your elected officials making them aware of each of these concerns and calling upon them to support the delays most important to your institution(s)!


Deadline for Submission of Notice of Intent to Appeal GE Failing/Zone Rates Monday 1/23!


As outlined in Electronic Announcement #101, institutions with Final Debt Measure Year 2015 GE Debt-to-Earnings (D/E) Rates that have one or more programs that are either failing or in the zone have until the end of the day today to notify the Department of your intent to appeal using one of the two alternate earnings appeals processes detailed in Electronic Announcement #95.

Data for an alternate earnings appeal may come from an alternate earnings survey conducted in accordance with Department-issued Standards or from a state-sponsored data system.

In multiple Electronic Announcements the Department has made it clear that institutions should only consider the alternate earnings appeal process if the use of alternate earnings would improve a zone program to passing or a failing program to either passing or zone.

However, what is unclear is how any institution will be able to determine whether or not the alternate earning surveys (and new mean or median alternate earnings – which ever is higher) will produce results capable of improving the program’s or programs’ eligibility classification.

Given this uncertainty, CSPEN encourages all members institutions with failing or zone program rates that are reasonably close to the passing or zone thresholds to strongly consider submitting the Notice of Intent, and pursing the alternate earnings appeal process.

Submission of Notice of Intent

To properly submit a Notice of Intent, your institution must specifically identify, the institution’s name, 6-digit OPEID, the program(s) name, CIP Code, and Credential Level, for each failing or zone GE programs for which it is planning to submit an appeal.

Notice of Intent email messages must have the subject line “Notice of Intent to File Alternate Earnings Appeal” with the body of the email containing the information above.

Once completed the email must be sent to

Benefits of Pursing an Alternate Earnings Appeal

If an institution has submitted an intent to file an alternate earnings appeal, none of the regulatory consequences will apply while the appeal is under review by the Department and the Department’s Debt-to-Earnings (D/E) rates spreadsheet will be annotated to indicate that the program’s D/E rates are under appeal.

Most notably in this the first year of implementation of the new regulation, is the Department’s repeated clarification that institutions with failing programs will not be required to provide student warnings for a failing program while the Secretary considers the appeal.

Just How Happy of a New Year Will It Be?

Explore the upcoming changes to the sector with this webinar from CSPEN.

Please join us for the 2nd CSPEN Regional Annual Conference being held at the Renaissance O’Hare, You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear from topic experts, network with fellow school representatives, and explore products and services that can help make your school – and students – and even greater success.  Register today!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 1:00 PM – Friday, October 28, 2016 at 1:00 PM (CDT)
Renaissance Chicago O’Hare Suites Hotel – 8500 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, IL 60631

Northwestern College President Lawrence Schumacher announced that over 200 students were awarded certificates and degrees at the College’s 112th Commencement Ceremony held earlier this month at the Arie Crown Theater at McCormick Place in Chicago. Graduates completed their studies at the College’s two Illinois campuses, including Bridgeview and Chicago-Jefferson Park, as well as on-line.

Read the full Article here:

Northwestern College President Lawrence Schumacher announced that once again the College featured environmentally-friendly caps and gowns at commencement. Through its ongoing efforts to “go green” whenever and wherever it can, the College again utilized the Jostens Elements Collection™ for its regalia. The Elements™ regalia is sustainable as it starts from nature and returns to nature. The continued use of environmentally-friendly regalia is in support of Northwestern College’s efforts toward sustainability and its mission to go green, thus assisting the college in reducing its carbon footprint and helping to preserve our environment.

Read the full Article here:

Beth Gardner and Tony Palmieri, Valley College

The Gainful Employment regulation is a brutal reality. Think you’re safe? Think again. Your numbers may not be what you think they are. The only way to save your students and your school from this harmful regulation is to ask for the help of your local members of Congress. We must influence their actions as Congress begins work to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. It’s not rocket science but it requires work. This session will start with a brief review of a few elements of GE and how they affect your numbers – you may not believe your eyes! Then we will show you a proven, step by step method for finding and inviting your legislators and hosting an impactful visit. These are OUR representatives and they CARE about their constituents. We and our students have a great story to tell. Let us give you all the resources to spread the truth about our positive impact on the people and businesses in the communities we serve.

See the full Webinar here:

Martin Atkins and Dr. Michele Ernst, SAE Institute

Today’s students come to the classroom with many distractions, challenging even the more seasoned instructors with how to get their attention. In this presentation, Martin and Michele will share tips to engage the new learner, including sharing the learning theories that support these innovative ideas. This presentation is for faculty who are interested in learning about new ways to engage, motivate and, in some ways, entertain their learners.

See the full Webinar here:

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Tuesday, February 2nd
10:00 AM (Pacific)

This webinar is being offered at no cost to NWCCF and CSPEN members, but you must register to


Call-in instructions will be emailed after registering. A certificate of attendance will be electronically sent upon completion of the event.

For more information call 360.292.4798