Negotiated Rulemaking for Higher Education
In January, the Biden administration released its latest regulatory agenda, outlining plans to write new rules for a wide range of higher education and student loan policies. The announcement indicates that the U.S. Education Department would hold a series of negotiated rulemaking
sessions to overhaul rules governing accreditation, distance education, state authorization, and other topics. The items on the agenda include:
The administration's plan for another major round of rulemaking follows the two previous series of negotiations it conducted in 2021-22, which focused heavily on student loan relief programs and institutional accountability. The latest move suggests that the White House and department plan to move aggressively to continue to influence postsecondary education in the second half of President Biden's term.
regulatory agenda also includes plans to issue proposed rules on a number of lingering issues discussed during those previous negotiated rulemaking processes, including ability to benefit, gainful employment, financial responsibility, standards of administrative capability, certification procedures, and income-contingent loan repayment plans.