Department of Education Seeks Comment on Data Collection in Support of Education Opportunity Centers
The Department of Education’s Educational Opportunity Centers program provides counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education. The program also provides services to improve the financial and economic literacy of participants. An important objective of the program is to counsel participants on financial aid options, including basic financial planning skills, and to assist in the application process. The goal of the EOC program is to increase the number of adult participants who enroll in postsecondary education institutions.
Projects include: academic advice, personal counseling, and career workshops; information on postsecondary education opportunities and student financial assistance; help in completing applications for college admissions, testing, and financial aid; coordination with nearby postsecondary institutions; media activities designed to involve and acquaint the community with higher education opportunities; tutoring; mentoring; education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students; and programs and activities previously mentioned that are specially designed for students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are in foster care or are aging out of foster care system or other disconnected students.
The Department has published the thirty-day PRA notice inviting comments on the data collection in support of the Education Opportunity Centers.
The report provides the Department with information needed to evaluate grantee’s performance and compliance with program requirements and to award prior experience points in accordance with the program regulations.
The data collection is also aggregated to provide information on project participants and program outcomes.
To review all the documents: http://www.regulations.gov by searching the Docket ID number ED-2019-ICCD-0063. Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov by selecting the Docket ID number or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery.
The Department expects 140 responses. The Centers (which include a number of community colleges and universities) can be found at https://www2.ed.gov/programs/trioeoc/awards.html