The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) National Conference on Allied Health Education is February 20-22 in Savannah, Georgia. The annual conference brings together members of the postsecondary health care education community for keynotes and panel discussions from industry leaders and educators.

Cooley lawyers, Jay Vaughan and Kate Lee Carey, will be speaking at the conference.


Kate Lee Carey

Regulatory Panel
Panelist: Kate Lee Carey
Thursday, February 21, 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Meeting Room 204
Friday, February 22, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM | Meeting Room 204

This session will feature up-to-the-minute presentations and discussions concerning statutory and regulatory issues facing postsecondary education today. Congressional efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act are gaining steam. In 2019, the U.S. Department of Education added a sweeping new “accreditation and innovation” rulemaking to its efforts to remove the barriers to innovation and distance education and continues to roll back regulations by proposing major changes to Title IX, borrower defense, and gainful employment. The presenters will walk through the possible changes to the HEA and Department’s regulatory agenda, highlighting what’s been accomplished, what’s planned, and likely effective dates.


Jay Vaughan – Chair, Education Practice

Using Evolving Regulatory Expectations to Maximize Student Outcomes
Panelist: Jay Vaughan
Thursday, February 21, 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM | Meeting Room 203

Agency jurisdiction over institutions of higher education has expanded beyond the triad to include a wide variety of agencies focused on all areas of institutional operation beginning well before classes start and continuing for years after graduation. Regulatory expectations are constantly changing and this session will focus on the latest developments, provide a preview of what may be on the horizon and include tips/best practices to develop effective compliance programs to improve student outcomes.

Kate Lee Carey focuses on the legal, accreditation, administrative and regulatory aspects of regionally and nationally accredited higher education institutions and companies that provide services to the education industry.

Jay Vaughan is chair of Cooley’s education practice group. He works proactively with colleges and universities, alternate content providers and innovative education companies to navigate the dynamic regulatory environment, advise on strategic planning and assist with operational opportunities.

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