Full Committee Markup: H.R. 4674, College Affordability Act, Part 3
On Thursday, October 31, the Education Committee advanced H.R. 4674, the College Affordability Act, to revamp federal higher education policy after a three-day markup. The Committee voted 28-22, along party lines, to approve H.R. 4674, to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. The measure now heads to the Rules Committee, and ultimately toward a full House vote on the House floor. Chairman Scott said he wants to see H.R. 4674 passed by the end of the year.
Republicans opposed H.R. 4674, criticizing the overall increase in federal spending on higher education in the bill as well as too much emphasis on four-year degrees at the expense of career and technical training. Republican members also took issue with provisions in H.R. 4674 that target proprietary schools.
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CECU Comments on Access Threat Posed by the College Affordability Act
Steve Gunderson, president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities, released the following statement regarding the markup of The College Affordability Act in the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee:
“The College Affordability Act, approved by the House Education and Labor Committee today, is a far cry from the comprehensive and bipartisan reauthorization of the Higher Education Act that the Committee leaders promised.”
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Legal and Regulatory Issues
Final Accreditation and State Authorization Rule Released – Career Education Colleges and Universities
This morning, the U.S. Department of Education made available the final rule on accreditation and related matters, including state authorization requirements for institutions offering distance education or correspondence courses. Except for a few provisions that can be implemented early, the regulations are effective July 1, 2020.
Secretary DeVos Finalizes Higher Education Regulations that Promote Innovation, Protect Students, and Reduce Regulatory Burden – U.S. Department of Education
As part of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' Rethink Higher Education agenda, the U.S. Department of Education today announced the publication of final accreditation and state authorization distance education regulations designed to expand educational options for students, holistically lower the cost of education post-high school, and ensure occupationally-focused education meets current workforce needs.
Student Assistance General Provisions, The Secretary's Recognition of Accrediting Agencies, The Secretary's Recognition Procedures for State Agencies – U.S. Department of Education
The Secretary amends the regulations governing the recognition of accrediting agencies, certain student assistance general provisions, and institutional eligibility, as well as makes various technical corrections.
Understanding the Entry-Level Driver Training Regulation
Join Don Lefeve, President of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association as he covers the new Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule, taking effect February 7, 2020. This webinar will discuss how the changing requirements impact both the student and instructor, as well as regulation requirements, state requirements and potential issues at the state level.
Presenter: Don Lefeve - President, Commercial Vehicle Training Association
Date: Wednesday, November 6th
Time: 2pm EST
Accreditation and State Authorization Webinar: Overview of the U.S. Department of Education’s final rule on accreditation and related matters
Today, the U.S. Department of Education released its official final rule on accreditation and related matters, including state authorization requirements for institutions offering distance education or correspondence courses. The final rule culminates over a year of robust discussion and debate which sought to balance the need for eliminating burdensome federal regulations, promoting innovation in higher education, and maintaining educational quality. The final regulations increase student access, improve teach-outs for students at closed or closing institutions, restore focus and clarity to the accreditor recognition process, and integrate risk-based review of accreditors. Join CECU Senior VP of Policy and Research Nicholas Kent for this exclusive 60-minute webinar for an overview of how the final regulations will impact accreditors, institutions, and students when they go into effect next year.
Presenter: Nicholas Kent, Senior VP of Policy and Research, CECU
Date: Tuesday, November 19th
Time: 2pm EST
Education Politics and Policy
How the ex-Trump official who wants to cancel student debt would fix higher education funding - CNBC
The former Trump administration official who wants to cancel student debt told CNBC on Wednesday that his plan to solve the loan crisis is “comprehensive, bold and, quite frankly, decisive.”
Veterans for Career Education (VCE)
(Video) Christian Vasquez, 20 year U.S. Army Combat Veteran, speaks about why he chose Western Tech. He knew he wanted a program that would give him the knowledge and skills so that when he graduated he would be able to provide for his family and for the future.
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