ACE and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), along with 11 other higher education associations, have asked the Obama administration to clarify certain provisions in the recent executive order on service member and veterans education.
The executive order directs the departments of Defense (DoD), Veterans Affairs (VA) and Education and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to establish "Principles of Excellence to strengthen oversight, enforcement, and accountability" of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and DoD's military tuition assistance program.
VA has asked colleges and universities to confirm by June 30 their intention to adopt these principles of excellence by the end of the 2012-13 academic year. Failure to respond may mean omission from VA’s list of institutions that have indicated they will comply.
To complicate matters, some institutions apparently did not receive the letter, which was sent May 31 through state-approving agencies. In other cases, the letter may not have been addressed to the appropriate official. Institutions are urged to confirm that the appropriate campus administrators are aware of the letter.
The higher education associations sent a letter June 22 to the agencies expressing concern about the lack of clarity in the principles as they currently are written and lack of information on the practical ramifications for institutions that sign up.
The groups requested that VA encourage institutions to indicate they intend to make a good faith effort to comply while waiting for further guidance from the agencies. They also asked the agency to publicize that an institution has provided such notification regardless of when they do so, with the understanding that institutions may be unable to provide the requested notice by June 30 for conscientious and sound reasons.