Education Department's Regulatory Rollback

The U.S. Education Department's call for comments on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification in accordance with Executive Order 13777, "Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda," ended yesterday.

The request drew nearly 15,000 comments from individuals and organizations on a range of issues including borrower defense, gainful employment, Obama-era Title IX guidance and other civil rights protections.

AACRAO submitted comments in response to inform the Regulatory Reform Task Force of existing regulations and guidance that we believe have a detrimental policy impact on our members, particularly with regard to education records and student privacy. Additionally, the association joined a broad coalition of higher education groups in separate comments to the department on return of Title IV funds, state authorization for distance education, and financial responsibility. The response also references the 2015 Senate Task Force Report on Regulation, which examines how the federal oversight of higher education has evolved and expanded over the years and provides specific recommendations to consolidate, streamline and eliminate burdensome, costly and/or confusing regulations.

The department will hold two public hearings on its regulatory rollback efforts. The first on September 26 at the Salt Lake Community College in Sandy, Utah. The second on October 4 at the department's D.C. headquarters. Both sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time.


Related Links

AACRAO comments on Regulatory Reform Agenda

Coalition comments on Regulatory Reform Agenda