Category: Higher Ed

Recent Developments on State Authorization at Department of Education and in California

Greg Ferenbach, Kate Lee Carey and Mike Goldstein

The US Department of Education (ED or the Department) has decided against an earlier plan to send letters to every institution believed to be out-of-compliance (or rather, located in a state that is considered out-of-compliance) with the federal state authorization requirements at 34 C.F.R. § 600.9(a), also known as the “On-Ground Rule.” Compliance with the rule is a condition to eligibility to participate in the Title IV programs.

WASC Senior Commission Issues New Guidelines on Third-Party Providers

Jay Vaughan, Mike Goldstein, Greg Ferenbach and Robin Dasher-Alston

The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC or the Commission) has issued a revision of its policy on agreements between accredited institutions and unaccredited entities, such as service providers.

Third-Party Servicers – New Guidance from the Department of Education

Greg Ferenbach and Matt Johnson

The Department of Education (ED) issued a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) on January 9th providing guidance on which entities should be classified as third-party servicers for purposes of the Title IV rules.

Department of Education Seeks Comments on New Data Collection and Validation for Reporting Use of “Third-Party Servicers”

Greg Ferenbach and Matt Johnson

The Department of Education (ED) announced on December 8, 2014 that it is seeking comments on new data collection and validation procedures for reporting the use of “third-party servicers.”

Major Changes in California’s Regulation of Private Postsecondary Institutions

Mike Goldstein, Greg Ferenbach and Matt Johnson

California recently enacted a new law that will significantly alter the regulation of many in-state and out-of-state postsecondary institutions. The new law will have an immediate impact on a number of issues, and it signals that further regulation is likely in the near future.