Government Affairs

UPCEA helps provide colleges and universities in the online and professional continuing education field with advocacy and information on regulation and legislation. UPCEA builds greater awareness of the vital link between contemporary learners and public policy issues.

Biden Administration Issues Resources in Response to Race-Based Admissions Decision | Policy Matters (August 2023)

August 31, 2023

Major Updates Supreme Court Race-Based Admissions Updates + Webinar Recording Biden Administration Issues Guidance and Resources in Response to Race-Based Admissions Decision The Biden Administration released resources to assist institutions understand the Supreme Court’s recent decision on race-based admissions. These resources will help colleges and universities as they work to lawfully pursue efforts to achieve…

US Department of Education Seeks Input on How to Reduce Reporting Burdens | Policy Matters (July 2023)

July 31, 2023

Major Updates US Department of Education Seeks Input on How to Reduce Reporting Burdens Comment Deadline: August 14 “The U.S. Department of Education (Department) is seeking comments from the public on how it can reduce the burden associated with its information collection requests (ICRs) on State, local, territorial, and Tribal governments, educational institutions, nonprofits, and…

Affirmative Action and Student Debt Forgiveness Program Blocked by Supreme Court | Policy Matters (June 2023)

June 30, 2023

Major Updates Supreme Court Strikes Down Race-Based Admissions for Colleges and Universities On Thursday, June 29th, the Supreme Court rejected the constitutionality of race-based admissions within two cases involving Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. Stating that the affirmative action admissions practices are unlawful, the Court has decided that these sorts of targeted…

ED Releases Proposed Gainful Employment, Certification Procedures, HEERF, and Second Chance Pell; Public Comments Open With Multiple Deadlines | Policy Matters (May 2023)

May 31, 2023

Major Updates Department of Education Releases Proposed Gainful Employment, Financial Responsibility, Administrative Capability, Certification Procedures, and Ability-to-Benefit Regulations – Public Comment Due June 20 The Department of Education has released the long-anticipated retooling of the Gainful Employment (GE) rule following work during the 2021-2022 Negotiated Rulemaking. Current law requires that certificate programs at all institutions…

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UPCEA Policy Committee

Kristen Brown, University of Louisville, Chair
Bridget Beville, University of Phoenix
Corina Caraccioli, Loyola University New Orleans
Abram Hedtke, St. Cloud State University

George Irvine, University of Delaware
Rob Kerr, University of Illinois, Springfield
Craig Wilson, University of Arizona