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  • 668.2 General Definitions

Eligible Career Pathway Program

A program that combines rigorous and high-quality education, training, and other services that–

  1. Align with the skill needs of industries in the economy of the State or regional economy involved;
  2. Prepare an individual to be successful in any of a full range of secondary or postsecondary education options, including apprenticeships registered under the Act of August 16, 1937 (commonly known as the “National Apprenticeship Act”; 50 Stat. 664, chapter 663; 29 U.S.C. 50 et seq.);
  3. Include counseling to support an individual in achieving the individual’s education and career goals;
  4. Include, as appropriate, education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster;
  5. Organize education, training, and other services to meet the particular needs of an individual in a manner that accelerates the educational and career advancement of the individual to the extent practicable;
  6. Enable an individual to attain a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, and at least one recognized postsecondary credential; and

Help an individual enter or advance within a specific occupation or occupational cluster

Financial Exigency

A status declared by an institution to a governmental entity or its accrediting agency representing severe financial distress that, absent significant reductions in expenditures or increases in revenue, reductions in administrative staff or faculty, or the elimination of programs, departments, or administrative units, could result in the closure of the institution.

Fame Comment: New definition which may be used to monitor accreditors and institutions.


About the Authors:

Materials and content originate from the Department of Education posting, with insights and summaries provided by Tom Netting and Sally Samuels.

Sally Samuels, Director of Compliance, Fame

Sally is one of the country’s leading authorities on Federal financial aid administration with more than 43 years of “in the trenches” experience. As a respected Industry leader, she is frequently called upon to speak at School, Accrediting, Regional and State conferences as well as to act as school liaison during program reviews and compliance audits.

Having processed, reviewed and taught financial aid for over 40 years Sally brings real life experiences, observations and illustrations to her audience adding a touch of humor to regulatory compliance. Her style makes the sometime complex topics easy to understand and audiences always come away with practical knowledge that they can apply to their everyday situations. Sally has been published many times in various Higher Education periodicals providing her expertise and insight on administering Federal funding based on compliance with the Federal statutes.



Tom Netting, President/CEO, TEN Government Strategies, Co-Executive Director, CSPEN

Having spent all of his professional career devoted to higher education policy oversight and implementation, Tom Netting has an extensive knowledge of the laws and regulations governing all aspects of higher education. His considerable background and experience have afforded him the opportunity to view the development and implementation of federal higher education and workforce development policy in their entirety – including issues related to higher education and workforce development, health care, veteran affairs policies and the procurement of federal appropriations.