January 17, 2017

Department of Education Rules: The Arts Don’t Pay Enough, Teaching Them is Prohibited

Editor’s Note: Cross-posted from the Federal Financial Forum.

From: Education Santa Fe New Mexican

Harvard program caught in for-profit regulation list

By Kevin Carey, The New York Times

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The Harvard program is run by the ART Institute at Harvard University (ART stands for American Repertory Theater). It’s a small program, admitting about two dozen students each year into “a full-time, two-year program of graduate study in acting, dramaturgy or voice pedagogy.” On average, graduates earn about $36,000 per year.

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Because the regulations put the program’s federal aid eligibility at risk, the ART Institute will not be enrolling any new students this fall, said David Cameron, a spokesman from Harvard. This temporary pause in enrollment will be used to “evaluate the program and undertake vital strategic planning to address, among other things, student funding mechanisms.”

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