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House Members Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Eliminate Burdensome Higher Education Regulations


APSCU.  JULY 10, 2013

APSCU Members,

Today, in an effort to reduce federal intrusion, protect student choice, and limit the costly regulatory burden on colleges and universities, Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC), House Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN), and Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) introduced the Supporting Academic Freedom Through Regulatory Relief Act (H.R. 2637).

The Supporting Academic Freedom Through Regulatory Relief Act will:

  • Permanently repeal the gainful employment regulation, which would levy reporting burdens on community colleges and proprietary schools and force administrators to seek federal approval before creating new programs.
  • Permanently repeal the state authorization regulation, which forces states to follow federal requirements when deciding whether to grant an institution – including those offering online education programs – permission to operate within the state.
  • Permanently repeal the credit hour regulation, which establishes a federal definition of a credit hour, providing the government increased control over institutions’ academic affairs.
  • Amend the incentive compensation regulation to ensure third party service providers are allowed to enter into tuition sharing agreements with nonprofit colleges and universities to aid in the development of distance education platforms.
  • Prohibit the Department of Education from issuing additional higher education regulations in several of these areas until after Congress reauthorizes the Higher Education Act.

Read more about the Act in the Committee’s press release and fact sheet.


Sally Stroup
Executive Vice President of Government Relations and General Counsel