NAICU Washington Update

VA Extends "Principles of Excellence" Deadline to August 1

July 05, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs has extended to August 1 the deadline for institutions to indicate their acceptance of the VA’s Principles of Excellence outlined in Executive Order 13607.   (See  June 22 Washington Update story.)   The VA has sent a letter to institutions informing them of the delay.  NAICU also notified member presidents of the deadline change when it was announced on Friday, June 29.

In the meantime,  the VA is working with the Departments of Education and Defense to develop and disseminate guidance on complying with the principles. 

This decision comes on the heels of a request from the higher education community for clarification on the expectations for institutions agreeing to the principles.  In addition, a June 28 letter from Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) requested a delay in the deadline.  The senators’ letter also asks for a response to the questions raised by the higher education community, and information on any other action the VA is contemplating in regard to implementation of the Executive Order.

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