NAICU Washington Update

NAICU to Participate in Higher Education Compliance Alliance

March 13, 2012

Colleges and universities face a never-ending stream of federal laws and regulations.  New requirements seem to spring up daily, while existing ones never go away.  Compliance efforts tax the resources of all institutions as they seek to manage their ever growing regulatory workload.

Help may now be a click away with the March 1 announcement by the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) of the Higher Education Compliance Alliance.  The alliance is a new online resource to assist institutions in finding their way through the terrain of federal laws and regulations.  NAICU is among the nearly two dozen higher education organizations participating in this effort.

The alliance website serves as a "one-stop shop" for the compliance resources developed by higher education associations representing a wide breadth of campus activities.  In addition to providing compliance information by topic, the site offers advice about designing compliance and risk management programs, and features sample compliance websites.

In a news release announcing participation in the project, NAICU President David L. Warren noted, "NAICU is pleased to join forces in this higher education community effort to ease the way for institutions that are attempting to meet their multiple compliance responsibilities.  Compliance is a massive and ever-growing challenge for all institutions.  It is particularly daunting to the many small colleges where lean administrative budgets mean that every employee wears two or three hats, at a minimum.  This collective effort will offer some measure of relief, and we are happy to be a part of it."

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