Methods of Administration (MOA)


The purpose of the Methods of Administration (MOA) program is to ensure that all students, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability, have equal access to high-quality career and technical education programs.  Through its Methods of Administration authority, OCR oversees the civil rights compliance programs of state agencies that administer career and technical education.  The state agencies’ responsibilities under the MOA program are set out in the Guidelines for Eliminating Discrimination and Denial of Services on the Basis of Race, Color, National Origin, Sex, and Handicap in Vocational Education Programs (Guidelines) (Appendix B of the Title VI regulation and the Section 504 regulation, and Appendix A of the Title IX regulation).  These responsibilities include: conducting targeted compliance reviews of selected secondary and postsecondary schools that provide career and technical education; securing corrective action when civil rights violations are found; and periodically reporting civil rights activities and findings to OCR.  Partnership and collaboration between OCR and the state agencies has been an important underpinning of the MOA program.  To guide and assist state agencies in their civil rights compliance activities, OCR evaluates state agency compliance reports, provides individualized recommendations for improvement of state agency compliance programs, conducts an annual training conference, and provides case-specific technical assistance.


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