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CHEA Federal Update:

Number 45, December 3, 2014
Number 44, July 31, 2014
Number 43, July 7, 2014
Number 42, June 20, 2014
Number 41, April 10, 2014
Number 40, February 14, 2014
Number 39, December 20, 2013
Number 38, November 13, 2013
Number 37, September 26, 2013
Number 36, July 12, 2013
Number 35, June 13, 2013
Number 34, June 12, 2013
Number 33, April 26, 2013
Number 32, April 18, 2013
Number 31, April 15, 2013
Number 30, March 19, 2013
Number 29, February 14, 2013
Number 28, December 14, 2012
Number 27, July 12, 2012
Number 26, June 20, 2012
Number 25, March 21, 2012
Number 24, February 28, 2012
Number 23, February 23, 2012
Number 22, February 17, 2012
Number 21, December 19, 2011
Number 20, December 1, 2011
Number 19, November 1, 2011
Number 18,September 28, 2011
Number 17, July 14, 2011
Number 16, June 13, 2011
Number 15, March 31, 2011
Number 14, February 9, 2011
Number 13, November 3, 2010
Number 12, August 6, 2010
Number 11, June 28, 2010
Number 10, May 28, 2010
Number 9, February 4, 2010
Number 8, December 15, 2009
Number 7, November 12, 2009
Number 6, August, 2009
Number 5, May, 2009
Number 4, April, 2009
Number 3, April, 2009
Number 2, March, 2009
Number 1, March, 2009

CHEA HEA Update:
Number 45, September, 2008
Number 44, August, 2008
Number 43, February 26, 2008
Number 42, November 20, 2007
Number 41, October 17, 2007
Number 40, August 14, 2007
Number 39, July 25, 2007
Number 38, June 22, 2007
Number 37, June 12, 2007
Number 36, Mar 26, 2007
Number 35, Feb 20, 2007
Number 34, Jan 24, 2007
Number 33, Nov 14, 2006
Number 32, Oct 3, 2006
Number 31, Sept 7, 2006
Number 30, Mar 31, 2006
Number 29, Mar 8, 2006
Number 28, Jan 10, 2006
Number 27, Oct 24, 2005
Number 26, Sept 15, 2005
Number 25, Sept 6, 2005
Number 24, Aug 2, 2005
Number 23, July 18, 2005
Number 22, July 6, 2005
Number 21, May 12, 2005
Number 20, May 4, 2005
Number 19, Feb 11, 2005
Number 18, Feb 4, 2005
Number 17, Jan 14, 2005
Number 16, Sept 10, 2004
Number 15, July 22, 2004
Number 14, July 2, 2004
Number 13, June 1, 2004
Number 12, May 24, 2004
Number 11, May 14, 2004
Number 10, May 10, 2004
Number 9, May 7, 2004
Number 8, Apr 13, 2004
Number 7, Mar 1, 2004
Number 6, Jan 23, 2004
Number 5, Jan 13, 2004
Number 4, Dec 23, 2003
Number 3, Dec 2, 2003
Number 2, Nov 14, 2003
Number 1, Oct 31, 2003

CHEA Comments

Higher Education Reauthorization—2008

Letters, Overviews, and Testimony

Federal Links

Organization Links

CHEA Federal Update Newsletter

  • Number 45, December 3, 2014
    Outgoing Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chair Tom Harkin introduces Higher Education Act reauthorization legislation and updates on other federal issues.

  • Number 44, July 31, 2014
    U.S. House of Representatives passes three bills as part of Higher Education Act reauthorization and updates on other legislative issues.

  • Number 43, July 7, 2014
    Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell speaks at CHEA 2014 Summer Workshop; Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization bills and draft legislation introduced or proposed in the Senate and House of Representatives.

  • Number 42, June 20, 2014
    Ted Mitchell confirmed as new Under Secretary of Education and updates on other federal policy issues.

  • Number 41, April 10, 2014
    Congressional hearings conclude in advance of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA).

  • Number 40, February 14, 2014
    Congressional and USDE leaders address the 2014 CHEA Annual Conference, House and Senate hearings continue, a new round of negotiated rulemaking, college affordability bill.

  • Number 39, December 20, 2013
    A report on the December 12-13, 2013 meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), the Senate HELP Committee hearing on accreditation and more.

  • Number 38, November 13, 2013
    Administrationís proposed college ratings system and other government-related issues.

  • Number 37, September 26, 2013
    A report on U.S. Senate and House hearings in preparation for Higher Education Act reauthorization, and other government-related issues.

  • Number 36, July 15, 2013
    Bill to reduce regulatory burden on higher education introduced in U.S. House of Representatives on July 11, 2013.

  • Number 35, June 13, 2013
    U.S. House of Representativesí Subcommittee on Higher Education and the Workforce holds hearing focusing on accreditation.

  • Number 34, June 12, 2013
    Report on the June 6-7, 2013 meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) for recognition reviews of accrediting organizations.

  • Number 33, April 26, 2013
    Leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce seek stakeholder recommendations on Higher Education Act reauthorization.

  • Number 32, April 18, 2013
    U.S. Department of Education announces negotiated rulemakings.

  • Number 31, April 15, 2013
    Presidentís FY 2014 budget proposal contains funding for initiative to encourage new quality validation systems.

  • Number 30, March 19, 2013
    A "Dear Colleague" letter from the U.S. Department of Education on how competency-based programs can be approved for federal financial aid eligibility.

  • Number 29, February 14, 2013
    President Obama's 2013 State of the Union address generates attention to higher education accreditation.

  • Number 28, December 14, 2012
    Report on the December 11-12, 2012 National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) meeting for recognition reviews.

  • Number 27, July 12, 2012
    National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) holds meeting for recognition reviews.

  • Number 26, June 20, 2012
    National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) releases final report on accreditation considerations for reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

  • Number 25, March 21, 2012
    CHEA and accrediting organizations comment on National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity draft final report on accreditation.

  • Number 24, February 28, 2012
    U.S. House of Representatives votes to repeal credit hour and state authorization regulations.

  • Number 23, February 23, 2012
    U.S. House of Representatives expected to vote on bill to repeal credit hour and state authorization regulations.

  • Number 22, February 17, 2012
    Draft Final Report on Accreditation Released by the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity.

  • Number 21, December 19, 2011
    A report on the December 14-16, 2011 meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity.

  • Number 20, December 1, 2011
    Letters from CHEA, accrediting organizations and higher education associations commenting on a National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity draft report on accreditation.

  • Number 19, November 1, 2011
    Updates on a draft report on accreditation policy recommendations, released by the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity and other activities by the U.S. Department of Education.

  • Number 18, September 28, 2011
    An overview of recent U.S. Department of Education and Congressional activities affecting higher education accreditation, including the upcoming meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity.

  • Number 17, July 14, 2011
    An update on Senate and House legislation to repeal credit hour and state authorization regulations and an overview of federal government activities affecting higher education accreditation.

  • Number 16, June 13, 2011
    An overview of recent activities by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and the U.S. Department of Education affecting higher education accreditation.

  • Number 15, March 31, 2011
    An overview of recent activities affecting higher education accreditation.

  • Number 14, February 9, 2011
    U.S. Department of Education's National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) holds a two-day meeting on higher education accreditation.

  • Number 13, November 3, 2010
    U.S. Department of Education publishes final regulations on program integrity and student aid.

  • Number 12, August 6, 2010
    Comments from CHEA and the higher education and accreditation communities on proposed regulations addressing program integrity and student aid.

  • Number 11, June 28, 2010
    U.S. Department of Education publishes proposed regulations addressing program integrity and student aid programs.

  • Number 10, May 28, 2010
    Appointments to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity now complete.

  • Number 9, February 4, 2010
    Final session of the U.S. Department of Education negotiated rulemaking committee on program integrity held January 25-29, 2010. Consensus reached on nine of fourteen issues under consideration and not reached on five.

  • Number 8, December 15, 2009
    Second meeting of U.S. Department of Education negotiated rulemaking committee on program integrity held December 7-11, 2009. Fourteen revised issue papers discussed, with draft regulatory language for most issues.

  • Number 7, November 12, 2009
    Final regulations addressing changes in accreditation resulting from the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) published on October 27, 2009 by the U.S. Department of Education. Second round of negotiated rulemaking now underway.

  • Number 6, August 13, 2009
    Proposed regulations addressing changes in accreditation provisions in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) published by U.S. Department of Education, with public comment period open until September 8, 2009.

  • Number 5, May 27, 2009
    Final consensus reached by negotiated rulemaking committee on accreditation on proposed regulations implementing new accreditation provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA).

  • Number 4, April 24, 2009
    Draft regulatory text covering sixteen accreditation-related issues reviewed by nonfederal negotiators and U.S. Department of Education staff at second session of negotiated rulemaking committee on accreditation, held April 21-23, 2009 in Washington, D.C.

  • Number 3, April 17, 2009
    Second session of negotiated rulemaking committee on accreditation to be held April 21-23, 2009 in Washington, D.C.

  • Number 2, March 9, 2009
    First session of the negotiate rulemaking committee on accreditation, to develop regulations implementing the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), held March 4-5, 2009.

  • Number 1, March 3, 2009
    First issue of new CHEA publication devoted to federal policy issues focuses on USDE negotiated rulemaking on accreditation, to be held March 4-5, 2009.

CHEA HEA Update Newsletter

  • Number 45, September 19, 2008
    Accreditation and the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

  • Number 44, August 1, 2008
    Congress Reauthorizes the Higher Education Act.

  • Number 43, February 26, 2008
    Provides a comparison of the accreditation provisions of the House of Representatives bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HR 4137) passed in February 2008, the Senate reauthorization bill (S 1642) passed in July 2007 and current law.

  • Number 42, November 20, 2007
    Provides details about the accreditation and some accountability provisions of H.R. 4137, passed by the House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor on November 15, 2007. A chart comparing current law, the Senate bill (S. 1642) passed in July 2007 and H.R. 4137 is included.

  • Number 41, October 17, 2007
    Describes the key accreditation and other provisions related to student achievement, general accountability and transfer of credit as proposed in H.R. 3746, the “College Access and Opportunity Act of 2007,” to reauthorize the Higher Education Act introduced in the House of Representatives on October 4, 2007. Includes comparisons to Senate Reauthorization Bill passed in July 2007 (S. 1642) and H. R. 609, the Reauthorization Bill passed by the House of Representatives in the last Congress.

  • Number 40, August 14, 2007
    Offers information about accountability-related issues raised in the Senate Reauthorization Bill (S. Bill 1642) that will affect institutions and accrediting organizations.

  • Number 39, July 25, 2007
    Provides information about key issues for accreditation in S. Bill 1642 introduced and passed by the Senate, including a comparison of accreditation provisions in current law and S. Bill 1642.

  • Number 38, June 22, 2007
    Provides information about key elements for accreditation in S. Bill 1642 introduced and passed by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, the status of negotiated rulemaking on accreditation and information regarding the higher education regional summit held in Boston, MA.

  • Number 37, June 12, 2007
    Provides information about the final session of negotiated rulemaking on accreditation, the status of reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, an update on the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) and information regarding upcoming higher education regional summits in progress.

  • Number 36, March 26, 2007
    Provides detailed information about the United States Department of Education’s proposed rule changes for accreditation as part of the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee that is meeting February – April 2007, a brief summary of accreditation-related issues at the Secretary of Education’s Higher Education Summit on March 21-22 and additional information about negotiations in trade in services and the World Trade Organization as this relates to higher education and accreditation.

  • Number 35, February 20, 2007
    Offers additional detail with regard to reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, the upcoming negotiated rulemaking on accreditation and the March 2007 summit on higher education convened by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

  • Number 34, January 24, 2007
    Offers information about the House of Representatives and Senate committees that will address reauthorization of the Higher Education Act in the new Congress. Summarizes recent activity related to the recommendations of the U.S. Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education including the appointments to the Accreditation Committee in Negotiated Rulemaking.

  • Number 33, November 14, 2006
    Describes the effect of the November election and its impact on Department efforts to implement recommendations of the Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education.

  • Number 32, October 3, 2006
    Provides information about the final report of the Commission on the Future of Higher Education as well as proposed federal legislation on degree mills.

  • Number 31, September 7, 2006
    Provides information on the status of reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, the draft report of the Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education and the introduction of a House of Representatives bill on degree mills.

  • Number 30, March 31, 2006
    Provides details about the accreditation-related provisions of H.R. 609, passed by the House of Representatives on March 30, 2006. Includes a chart comparing current law, the accreditation provisions in the bill passed earlier by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and the accreditation provisions approved by the full House.

  • Number 29, March 8, 2006
    Describes the current status of House and Senate bills on reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, leadership changes in the House and provides detailed information about H.R. 4795, a bill focused on due process in accreditation, introduced on February 16, 2006.

  • Number 28, January 10, 2006
    Review of the 2005 end-of-the-year-activity of the House of Representatives and Senate with regard to reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, including an updated chart on accreditation issues comparing current law, the House bill and the Senate bill.

  • Number 27, October 24, 2005
    Describes the activities of the House of Representatives and the Senate with regard to reauthorization of the Higher Education Act during September and October 2005.

  • Number 26, September 15, 2005
    Provides a comparison of current law related to accreditation provisions of the Higher Education Act with the reauthorization bill passed by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce (HR 609) on July 22, 2005 and the reauthorization bill passed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (S 1614) on September 8, 2005.

  • Number 25, September 6, 2005
    Provides a comparison of the accreditation provisions of HR 609, the major reauthorization bill passed by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, with current law. Also provides preliminary information on the accreditation provisions of the reauthorization bill introduced by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

  • Number 24, August 2, 2005
    Provides information on the accreditation provisions of the major House of Representatives bill on reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HR 609) as approved by the Committee on Education and the Workforce on July 22, 2005.

  • Number 23, July 18, 2005
    Reports on the July 13-14 markup of HR 609 by the House Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness, including Subcommittee Chairman McKeon’s substitute bill and changes in accreditation provisions.

  • Number 22, July 6, 2005
    Reports on pending Congressional activities in House and Senate Committees, summarizes issues before Congress and provides links to information on the “Academic Bill of Rights” legislation. Institutions are urged to renew contacts with House Committee in advance of their July 14 markup of HR 609.

  • Number 21, May 12, 2005
    Reports on a key House subcommittee public hearing on the transfer of credit provisions in the House Republican bill, HR 609. Summarizes witness testimony that transfer of credit needs to be improved, but that federal incentives for voluntary improvements by states and institutions were preferable to new federal mandates.

  • Number 20, May 4, 2005
    Describes the timetable and process for the work on the Higher Education Act (HEA) presented by the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). Discusses the barriers to a rapid conclusion of the Committee’s HEA deliberations.

  • Number 19, February 11, 2005
    Discusses the 2005 version of the House Republican bill for reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), which is redesignated as HR 609. Relates the Bush Administration 2006 budget proposals for education to the HEA. Explains the new rosters for Congressional committees.

  • Number 18, February 4, 2005
    Summarizes Congressman John A. Boehner’s keynote address at the 2005 CHEA Annual Conference in Phoenix. Mr. Boehner, the powerful chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, was candid and conciliatory in his remarks. Congress wants more accountability from colleges in the new HEA, but he wants to work with CHEA and others to address the concerns expressed over proposals.

  • Number 17, January 14, 2005
    Anticipating reauthorization in 2005, CHEA continues its central role addressing quality assurance issues in consultation with associations and accrediting organizations preparing to work with the new Congress. CHEA shaped and sustained a coalition to bring a largely unified voice on accreditation issues to the Hill leaders. CHEA seeks to remain your best source of information, policy analysis and cooperation on federal accreditation issues.

  • Number 16, September 10, 2004
    Provides a status report on the progress of the CHEA Reauthorization Agenda in relation to the major House of Representatives bill (HR 4283) on reauthorization. Describes next steps in Congress for reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and the legislative process for 2005.

  • Number 15, July 22, 2004
    Summarizes the July 13 House hearing on Graduation Rates and Accountability, along with the comments of Chairman John Boehner. Describes a Congressional letter to campuses and recent coverage of accreditation and the HEA reauthorization in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • Number 14, July 2, 2004
    Describes the timing of HEA legislation for the balance of the year 2004 and summarizes two June 2004 House of Representatives hearings on private career school and accreditation issues.

  • Number 13, June 1, 2004
    Summarizes the formal responses of higher education associations to Congress on HR 4283, which take the form of letters on May 26. The American Council on Education (ACE) coordinated a group response signed by 45 higher education organizations. This reply is highly negative on the accreditation provisions. CHEA provided its own letter addressing each accreditation provision, after consultations with other associations, accreditors and institutions. Links to the ACE-community letter and the CHEA letter.

  • Number 12, May 24, 2004
    Describes consultations and other actions by CHEA and other higher education associations on HR 4283, including the preparation of a direct reply to bill sponsors.

  • Number 11, May 14, 2004
    Summarizes strong and negative reactions to HR 4283 from virtually all of the higher education community. Suggests Congressional contact and provides “talking points” for this purpose.

  • Number 10, May 10, 2004
    Detailed and comprehensive CHEA analysis of the accreditation-related elements of HR 4283, beginning with an executive summary and concluding with CHEA proposals for contacting Congress. Major accreditation provisions are explained and analyzed. Overall, CHEA opposes many of these provisions, suggesting major changes while endorsing some elements. Similar opposition of other associations is noted. CHEA urges contact with Congress.

  • Number 9, May 7, 2004
    Initial summary of HR 4283, the new HEA bill released on May 5 that will be the framework for House action on reauthorization. Link to full legislative text of bill.

  • Number 8, April 13, 2004
    Progress and timing of Congressional activity on HEA bills. House GOP leaders issue “resource kit” on their education policies and programs.

  • Number 7, March 1, 2004
    Brief summary of the February 26 hearing on higher education accreditation of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). See also detailed hearing summary and CHEA testimony submitted for the record.

  • Number 6, January 23, 2004
    Discussion of credit transfer issues including CHEA’s historic advocacy of a community-driven solution rather than a federal one. Links to CHEA documents on transfers. The potential impact of Congressman McKeon’s credit transfer proposals, recently introduced in HR 3311.

  • Number 5, January 13, 2004
    Overview of the philosophy and principles of the President’s “No Child Left Behind” legislation and their proposed application to higher education issues. Analysis of the Three A’s (Access, Affordability and Accountability) of the HEA Reauthorization in relation to quality assurance issues of distance education, transfer of credits, and student learning outcomes. Link to CHEA HEA Agenda, a summary of our HEA policy proposals.

  • Number 4, December 23, 2003
    Congressional progress for the year 2003 on HEA legislation. CHEA presentation to the semi-annual NACIQI meeting on the complementary roles of CHEA and the Committee, and CHEA principles on the pending HEA Reauthorization. Link to written statement of Judith Eaton. Meetings with GAO officials studying quality assurance issues in distance learning, and with the U.S. Trade Representative's office to discuss the potential impact of GATS on the freedoms of U.S. institutions.

  • Number 3, December 2, 2003
    Analysis of quality assurance in distance education issues, describing the relevant legislative proposals and CHEA’s response to each.

  • Number 2, November 14, 2003
    Congressional agenda and timing of HEA legislation. Issues related to the upcoming NACIQI meeting. Brief analysis of HR 838, introduced by Congressman Petri, which would break the 50 year link between accreditation and the federal government.

  • Number 1, October 31, 2003
    Congressman McKeon’s Credit Transfer Proposals. Senator Gregg’s hearing on “Intellectual Diversity” on college campuses. Senate Democrats issue a counter-proposal to Republican attempts to control tuition costs.

CHEA Comments

Higher Education Reauthorization 2008

Letters, Overviews, and Testimony

Federal Links

Organization/Association Links

  • Washington Higher Education Secretariat
    http://www.whes.org/

  • Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA)
    http://www.aspa-usa.org/

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