U.S. Department Of Education (USDE) Releases Proposed Changes To Accreditation Regulation

Publication Number 72 January 9, 2019

In This Issue:

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (USDE) RELEASES PROPOSED CHANGES TO ACCREDITATION REGULATION

USDEOn January 7, 2019, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) released proposed changes to accreditation regulation, in in preparation for the negotiated rulemaking on higher education accreditation and innovation and three subcommittees addressing distance education and educational innovation, faith-related entities’ participation in Title IV programs and TEACH Grants. Negotiated rulemaking is the process used by USDE for stakeholder representatives to meet with USDE to negotiate the terms of a proposed administrative rule or regulatory change.

USDE also announced the agenda and negotiators (for the main committee and the three subcommittees. The negotiated rulemaking committee will meet for the first time on January 14-16, 2019 and the three subcommittees will meet for the first time on January 17-18, 2019 (see Federal Update #69).

SENATE NAMES MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR AND PENSIONS

The U. S. Senate has appointed the Senators that will serve on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). The Republicans have added Mitt Romney (UT) and Mike Braun (IN) and the Democrats have added Jacky Rosen (NV). The HELP Committee has oversight of higher education and accreditation and will be the committee tasked with reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

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The Federal Update informs CHEA members and interested parties on federal policy developments related to self-regulation and peer review. Please direct any inquiries or comments to Jan Friis, CHEA Vice President for Government Affairs, at friis@chea.org or at (202) 955-6126
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