Negotiated Rulemaking for 2018-2019
Accreditation and Innovation Negotiated Rulemaking
On July 31, 2018, the U.S. Education Department announced a new round of negotiated rulemaking, set to begin in early 2019, on more than a dozen topics.
The wide-ranging negotiated rulemaking session seeks to:
- rewrite federal rules governing accreditation, non-traditional education providers, and federal funding of religious institutions; and
- reexamine the standard definition of an academic credit hour, state authorization rules, and "regular and substantive interaction" regulations, among other things.
Public Hearing Information
The Education Department held three public hearings on September 6 in Washington, DC, September 11 in New Orleans, LA, and September 13 in Sturtevant, WI, to solicit feedback on the proposed topics for consideration for action by the negotiated rulemaking committee.
Negotiated Rulemaking Committee and Subcommittee Meetings
The Accreditation and Innovation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee will convene in Washington, DC for three sessions in early 2019.
- Session 1: January 14-16, 2019
- Session 2: February 19-22, 2019
- Session 3: March 25-28, 2019
The Education Department also formed three subcommittees comprised of some voting members of the main committee as well as other non-voting experts. The subcommittees—focused on distance learning and educational innovation; faith-based entities; and Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants— will also convene in Washington, DC for three sessions.
- Session 1: January 17-18, 2019
- Session 2: February 12-13, 2019
- Session 3: March 11-12, 2019
Final rules could be developed and published by fall 2019 to take effect July 1, 2020.