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Presidential Document
 
 

ESTABLISHING PRINCIPLES OF EXCELLENCE FOR EDUCATIONAL
INSTITUTIONS SERVING SERVICE MEMBERS, VETERANS, SPOUSES,
AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS


By the authority vested in me as President by the
Constitution and the laws of the United States of America,
and in order to ensure that Federal military and veterans
educational benefits programs are providing service members,
veterans, spouses, and other family members with the
information, support, and protections they deserve, it is hereby
ordered as follows:


Section 1. Policy. The original GI Bill, approved just
weeks after D-Day, educated nearly 8 million Americans and
helped transform this Nation. We owe the same obligations to
this generation of service men and women as was afforded that
previous one. This is the promise of the Post-9/11 Veterans
Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (title V, Public Law 110–252)
(Post-9/11 GI Bill) and the continued provision of educational
benefits in the Department of Defense's Tuition Assistance
Program (10 U.S.C. 2007): to provide our service members,
veterans, spouses, and other family members the opportunity to
pursue a high-quality education and gain the skills and training
they need to fill the jobs of tomorrow.
Since the Post-9/11 GI Bill became law, there have been
reports of aggressive and deceptive targeting of service
members, veterans, and their families by some educational
institutions. For example, some institutions have recruited
veterans with serious brain injuries and emotional
vulnerabilities without providing academic support and
counseling; encouraged service members and veterans to take out
costly institutional loans rather than encouraging them to apply
for Federal student loans first; engaged in misleading
recruiting practices on military installations; and failed to
disclose meaningful information that allows potential students
to determine whether the institution has a good record of
graduating service members, veterans, and their families and
positioning them for success in the workforce.
To ensure our service members, veterans, spouses, and other
family members have the information they need to make informed
decisions concerning their well-earned Federal military and
veterans educational benefits, I am directing my Administration
to develop Principles of Excellence to strengthen oversight,
enforcement, and accountability within these benefits programs.

 

Sec. 2. Principles of Excellence for Educational
Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and
Other Family Members. The Departments of Defense, Veterans
Affairs, and Education shall establish Principles of Excellence
(Principles) to apply to educational institutions receiving
funding from Federal military and veterans educational benefits
programs, including benefits programs provided by the Post-9/11
GI Bill and the Tuition Assistance Program. The Principles
should ensure that these educational institutions provide
meaningful information to service members, veterans, spouses,
and other family members about the financial cost and quality of
educational institutions to assist those prospective students in
making choices about how to use their Federal educational
benefits; prevent abusive and deceptive recruiting practices
that target the recipients of Federal military and veterans
educational benefits; and ensure that educational institutions
provide high-quality academic and student support services to
active-duty service members, reservists, members of the National
Guard, veterans, and military families.
To the extent permitted by law, the Principles, implemented
pursuant to section 3 of this order, should require educational
institutions receiving funding pursuant to Federal military and
veterans educational benefits to:
(a) prior to enrollment, provide prospective students who
are eligible to receive Federal military and veterans
educational benefits with a personalized and standardized form,
as developed in a manner set forth by the Secretary of
Education, working with the Secretaries of Defense and Veterans
Affairs, to help those prospective students understand the total
cost of the educational program, including tuition and fees; the
amount of that cost that will be covered by Federal educational
benefits; the type and amount of financial aid they may qualify
for; their estimated student loan debt upon graduation;
information about student outcomes; and other information to
facilitate comparison of aid packages offered by different
educational institutions;
(b) inform students who are eligible to receive Federal
military and veterans educational benefits of the availability
of Federal financial aid and have in place policies to alert
those students of their potential eligibility for that aid
before packaging or arranging private student loans or
alternative financing programs;
(c) end fraudulent and unduly aggressive recruiting
techniques on and off military installations, as well as
misrepresentation, payment of incentive compensation, and
failure to meet State authorization requirements, consistent
with the regulations issued by the Department of Education
(34 C.F.R. 668.71–668.75, 668.14, and 600.9);
(d) obtain the approval of the institution's accrediting
agency for new course or program offerings before enrolling
students in such courses or programs, provided that such
approval is appropriate under the substantive change
requirements of the accrediting agency;
(e) allow service members and reservists to be readmitted
to a program if they are temporarily unable to attend class or
have to suspend their studies due to service requirements, and
take additional steps to accommodate short absences due to
service obligations, provided that satisfactory academic
progress is being made by the service members and reservists
prior to suspending their studies;
(f) agree to an institutional refund policy that is aligned
with the refund of unearned student aid rules applicable to
Federal student aid provided through the Department of Education
under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as required
under section 484B of that Act when students withdraw prior to
course completion;
(g) provide educational plans for all individuals using
Federal military and veterans educational benefits that detail
how they will fulfill all the requirements necessary to graduate
and the expected timeline of completion; and
(h) designate a point of contact for academic and financial
advising (including access to disability counseling) to assist
service member and veteran students and their families with the
successful completion of their studies and with their job
searches.

 


Sec. 3. Implementation of the Principles of Excellence.
(a) The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs shall
reflect the Principles described in section 2 of this order in
new agreements with educational institutions, to the extent
practicable and permitted by law, concerning participation in
the Yellow Ribbon Program for veterans under the Post-9/11
GI Bill or the Tuition Assistance Program for active duty
service members. The Department of Veterans Affairs shall also
notify all institutions participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill
program that they are strongly encouraged to comply with the
Principles and shall post on the Department's website those
that do.
(b) The Secretaries of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and
Education, in consultation with the Director of the Bureau of
Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) and the Attorney General,
shall take immediate action to implement this order, and, within
90 days from the date of this order, report to the President
their progress on implementation, including promptly revising
regulations, Department of Defense Instructions, guidance
documents, Memoranda of Understanding, and other policies
governing programs authorized or funded by the Post-9/11 GI Bill
and the Tuition Assistance Program to implement the Principles,
to the extent permitted by law.
(c) The Secretaries of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and
Education shall develop a comprehensive strategy for developing
service member and veteran student outcome measures that are
comparable, to the maximum extent practicable, across Federal
military and veterans educational benefit programs, including,
but not limited to, the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Tuition
Assistance Program. To the extent practicable, the student
outcome measures should rely on existing administrative data to
minimize the reporting burden on institutions participating in
these benefit programs. The student outcome measures should
permit comparisons across Federal educational programs and
across institutions and types of institutions. The Secretary of
Education, in consultation with the Secretaries of Defense and
Veterans Affairs, shall also collect from educational
institutions, as part of the Integrated Postsecondary Education
Data System and other data collection systems, information on
the amount of funding received pursuant to the Post-9/11 GI Bill
and the Tuition Assistance Program. The Secretary of Education
shall make this information publicly available on the College
Navigator Website.
(d) The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in consultation with
the Secretaries of Defense and Education, shall provide to
prospective military and veteran students, prior to using their
benefits, streamlined tools to compare educational institutions
using key measures of affordability and value through the
Department of Veterans Affairs' eBenefits portal. The eBenefits
portal shall be updated to facilitate access to school
performance information, consumer protection information, and
key Federal financial aid documents. The Secretaries of Defense
and Veterans Affairs shall also ensure that service members and
veterans have access to that information through educational
counseling offered by those Departments.

 


Sec. 4. Strengthening Enforcement and Compliance
Mechanisms. Service members, veterans, spouses, and other family
members should have access to a strong enforcement system
through which to file complaints when institutions fail to
follow the Principles. Within 90 days of the date of this order,
the Secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs, in consultation
with the Secretary of Education and the Director of the CFPB, as
well as with the Attorney General, as appropriate, shall submit
to the President a plan to strengthen enforcement and compliance
mechanisms. The plan shall include proposals to:
(a) create a centralized complaint system for students
receiving Federal military and veterans educational benefits to
register complaints that can be tracked and responded to by the
Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Justice, and
Education, the CFPB, and other relevant agencies;
(b) institute uniform procedures for receiving and
processing complaints across the State Approving Agencies (SAAs)
that work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to review
participating institutions, provide a coordinated mechanism
across SAAs to alert the Department of Veterans Affairs to any
complaints that have been registered at the State level, and
create procedures for sharing information about complaints with
the appropriate State officials, accrediting agency
representatives, and the Secretary of Education;
(c) institute uniform procedures for referring potential
matters for civil or criminal enforcement to the Department of
Justice and other relevant agencies;
(d) establish procedures for targeted risk-based program
reviews of institutions to ensure compliance with the
Principles;
(e) establish new uniform rules and strengthen existing
procedures for access to military installations by educational
institutions. These new rules should ensure, at a minimum, that
only those institutions that enter into a memorandum of
agreement pursuant to section 3(a) of this order are permitted
entry onto a Federal military installation for the purposes of
recruitment. The Department of Defense shall include specific
steps for instructing installation commanders on commercial
solicitation rules and the requirement of the Principles
outlined in section 2(c) of this order; and
(f) take all appropriate steps to ensure that websites and
programs are not deceptively and fraudulently marketing
educational services and benefits to program beneficiaries,
including initiating a process to protect the term "GI Bill"
and other military or veterans-related terms as trademarks, as
appropriate.

 


Sec. 5. General Provisions. (a) This order shall be
implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the
availability of appropriations.
(b) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or
otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive
department, agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of
Management and Budget relating to budgetary,
administrative, or legislative proposals.
(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any
right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law
or in equity by any party against the United States, its
departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or
agents, or any other person.

 

[FR Doc. 2012-10715 Filed 05/01/2012 at 8:45 am; Publication Date: 05/02/2012]

 
THE WHITE HOUSE, April 27, 2012.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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