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ED Announces Negotiated Rulemaking with Distance Education, State Authorization, Among Others | Volunteers Sought – Policy Matters (January 2023)

January 31, 2023

Major Updates


  • Department of Education Announces Intent to Rewrite of State Authorization, Distance Education, Third-Party Servicers Among Others
    The Biden Administration announced in the first days of 2023 their intent to rework this year eight different areas of higher education regulations via negotiated rulemaking. The topics include many in which the UPCEA community has a vested interest. While the Department has announced their intent to move forward on these, no proposed language has yet been put forth. Here are four of the eight proposed topics the UPCEA community will be most interested in following:

    • Distance Education
    • Accreditation and Related Issues 
    • State Authorization
    • Third-Party Servicers and Related Agencies 

So, what now? The Department has stated that beginning in April it will move forward on all of the eight topics. The Department will soon give dates and times for at least two or more regional field hearings seeking public comment on the proposed regulatory topics they intend to review and rewrite. They will also provide a calendar for when the required three multi-day sessions in Washington, D.C. will be held. Through these sessions, the proposed regulations will be worked through by negotiators from different facets of the higher education community, who can be nominated by the public. UPCEA will notify our members throughout the process as it moves forward, and will let you know the key dates and periods in which you can weigh in on the changes and lend our community’s voice to these issues which are critical to the work we do. Read more.



  • Invite Your Students to the DC Student Summit
    Being held this coming March 12-14, the three-day DC Student Summit in our nation’s capital will equip students with the skills necessary to elevate their stories and lived experiences directly to federal policymakers. Led by the Today’s Students Coalition (of which UPCEA is a steering committee member), LeadMN, and Young Invincibles, students will have the opportunity to participate in conversations about college accessibility, the cost of higher education, the importance of racial equity, and efforts undertaken to ensure that students’ basic needs are being met. Read more and share with students.


Other News

  • Public Comment on Data Collection, Due February 17 (US Department of Education)
    The U.S. Department of Education is seeking comments that may include information, research, and suggestions regarding the Department’s implementation of the new authority provided to the Department in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, to reserve funding from certain programs authorized by the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), for the purpose of carrying out rigorous and independent evaluations and conducting data collection and analysis of such programs.
  • More Money for Pell Grants, Research (Inside Higher Ed)
    Federal budget boosts maximum Pell Grant and funding for student success grant programs. Colleges and universities also are set to receive more than $1.5 billion for projects in earmarks.

UPCEA is a proud founding and steering committee member of the Today's Students Coalition.

UPCEA Policy Committee

Mark Bernhard, North Carolina State University, Co-Chair
Frank Principe, University of Maryland Global Campus, Co-Chair
Kristen Brown, University of Louisville
Ricky LaFosse, University of Michigan
Reed Scull, University of Wyoming
Dick Senese, Capella University


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