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Education Department Moves Forward on Student Complaint Database

NAICU Washington Update
February 11, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education is moving forward on a plan to create a centralized database to collect complaints and feedback from students and borrowers.

Additional Accreditation Reforms Offered by Education Department

NAICU Washington Update
February 11, 2016

In early February, the Department of Education publicly released a series of reforms aimed at further strengthening the accreditation process. The changes build off the previously outlined mandates released in November 2015.  

Obama Administration Creates Student Aid Enforcement Unit

NAICU Washington Update
February 11, 2016

As part of the his budget proposal, President Obama announced plans to establish an Enforcement Office at the Department of Education to provide increased vigilance and quicker action in fighting fraud in the student aid programs.

Obama’s Final Student Aid Budget

NAICU Washington Update
February 11, 2016

President Obama released the administration’s FY 2017 Budget Request on February 9, which for higher education, builds on the themes of access, success, affordability, and completion that have driven his higher education policy directions.

Mixed Reviews on Tax Proposals in President’s Budget

NAICU Washington Update
February 11, 2016

President Obama’s budget includes several proposals that would significantly impact decision-making for students and families, as well as prospective donors to colleges and universities. 

CHEA and National Accreditors File Motion in CFPB Case

NAICU Washington Update
January 28, 2016

In January, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and a group of national accreditors filed a legal brief seeking to submit an amicus brief in support of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools in its upcoming case against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

NLRB Decides on Unionization Case at Carroll College

NAICU Washington Update
January 27, 2016

A regional office of the NRLB recently ruled in favor of Carroll College and against its faculty's attempt to unionize. The decision represents the first time, the NLRB standards from the Pacific Lutheran decision have been applied.

Service Year Alliance Announces New Challenge

NAICU Washington Update
January 27, 2016

The Service Year Alliance recently announced their second Service Year + Higher Ed Innovation Challenge. The challenge is to innovate and create new opportunities for students to have a “service year,” akin to Peace Corps or AmeriCorps, connected to academic credit.

Department of Education Seeks Faculty with Foreign Language Experience

NAICU Washington Update
January 26, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education announced its upcoming 2016 grant competitions. The department also put out a call for peer reviewers to read and evaluate its entries.

Regulatory Efforts Underway to Expand Coverage for Borrower Defenses

NAICU Washington Update
January 26, 2016

The Department of Education recently held the first of three sessions of negotiated rule-making which focused on the borrower defense to repayment of student loans. The first session reviewed and brain-stormed the set of issues presented by the Department. Language developed from these discussions will be provided at the next neg-reg session, February 17-19.

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