The GE Disclosure Template has been released by USDE and schools are required to use this template to provide all of the required GE disclosures. No later than January 31, 2014, schools must use the output document produced from the GE Disclosure Template to meet the currently effective GE disclosure regulatory requirements.
The GE Disclosure Template –
- Produces an output document for institutions that includes all of the required GE disclosures;
- Provides built-in compliance with the requirement in the regulations that the disclosures be made in “an open format that is platform-independent, machinereadable, and made available to the public without restrictions that would impede the reuse of that information”;
- Ensures that the output document will be accessible to individuals with disabilities (i.e., compliant with section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act);
- Provides optional context boxes for the institution to provide additional explanations and clarifications;
- Simplifies the process for institutional determination of applicable Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes and allows institutions to automatically link to the appropriate O*NET occupational profiles; and
- Offers a bulk upload option for institutions with multiple GE Programs.
For each GE Program, you will enter your six-digit OPEID, the six-digit CIP code for the GE Program, and the credential level of that program. You will then complete the template with specific information about the GE Program, consistent with GE Electronic Announcement #25. This includes program length, selecting the appropriate SOC codes for the program (based on the program’s CIP code), the cost of the program, information needed for the template to calculate an on-time completion rate, median debt information, and the job placement rate, if applicable. Once the form is complete, the template application will generate a zip file containing the GE Program’s disclosure page, which you will host on its own website.
In making the required disclosures using the GE Disclosure Template, you must prominently provide a direct link from the home page of the GE Program website to the program’s disclosure page that was generated by the disclosure template application. Any other web page containing general, academic, or admissions information about the GE Program must also contain a prominent and direct link to the program’s web home page or to the GE Program disclosure page generated by the application.
Note that the information above differs slightly from earlier guidance specifying that the required GE disclosures must be displayed on the actual GE Program home page and may not be linked to another site or document. For this current disclosure process, the functionality of the required disclosure template is such that an institution must provide a link to the generated GE disclosure page for the program instead of having the disclosures appear on the program home page itself.
You should begin the GE Disclosure Template process as soon as possible to ensure compliance with the January 31, 2014 deadline for disclosing 2012-2013 award year information.
- Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #46
- Additional information and resources related to the gainful employment regulations—including the published regulations and Federal Register Notices, answers to frequently asked questions, and guidelines for determining which educational programs are subject to the gainful employment regulations—are available on the Department of Education’s Gainful Employment Information Page
- Please send questions about the gainful employment disclosure requirements to GE-Questions@ed.gov
- For additional assistance with the Gainful Employment Disclosure Template, please contact:
The Gainful Employment Disclosure Template Help Desk (855) 359-3697 (toll-free)