On June 23, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) will meet to consider the recommendation of US Department of Education (ED or the Department) staff that the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) be removed from the list of accrediting agencies recognized by the Department as a reliable authority regarding the quality of education or training offered by institutions it accredits.
Almost four months after the marathon negotiated rulemaking ended in March without consensus, the US Department of Education (ED) has released a massive Notice of Proposed Rulemaking describing how it plans to refocus the rules governing the Borrower Defense to Repayment (BDTR) provision of the Higher Education Act (HEA).
The US Department of Education has set the deadline for institutions to file corrections to their “student completer lists” as the next major step in ED’s effort to publish the first set of rates under the Gainful Employment Rule.
This memo discusses the proposed process for students to file claims to have their federal loans forgiven, as well as the role of institutions in that process, under the Final Draft of the BDTR Rule.
The US Department of Education just announced its intent to issue the first set of official Debt to Earnings Rates (D/E Rates) under the Gainful Employment Rule (GE Rule) in January 2017.
Following a highly charged, often contentious three days of debate, the third session of the Negotiated Rulemaking on Borrower Defense to Repayment (DTR) ended as it started, without consensus. The Department of Education (ED) is now free to promulgate the regulations it wants, entirely independent of the DTR negotiations.
The US Department of Education and appointed negotiators representing higher education and legal groups are preparing for the second round of negotiations to expand the “Borrower Defense to Repayment” regulations, with the next session to run from Wednesday, February 17 through Friday, February 19.
Much has been written recently about the lifting of the US embargoes targeting Iran and Cuba. Despite recent liberalization in discrete areas (e.g., travel, family remittances, and internet based communications), comprehensive restrictions remain in place on the types of academic activities that US persons can undertake, as well as what US persons can export or transfer to these countries and their nationals.
The US Department of Education has announced another delay in the distribution of the Completer Lists for Gainful Employment programs until Spring 2016, which is bound to push back the date for ED to issue the first set of Draft GE Rates and, ultimately, Final GE Rates.