The Education Dept. chooses eight partnerships between public and private colleges and universities and non-traditional providers to participate in its EQUIP (Educational Quality through Innovation Partnerships) experiment. These partnerships will allow higher education students to access federal student aid to enroll in programs offered by non-traditional training providers, in partnership with colleges and universities. These types of programs include coding boot camps and apprenticeships. Students experience two key barriers to accessing these types of non-traditional courses: (1) lack of access to financial aid; and (2) lack of information about the program’s quality. The goals of the experiment are to address these barriers by testing and assessing outcomes of new ways for students to access non-traditional learning and training opportunities. EQUIP is a DoEd Experimental Sites Initiative. An ESI tests the effectiveness of statutory and regulatory flexibility for postsecondary institutions that disburse federal financial aid. Throu [...]
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