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2009 Negotiated Rulemaking for Higher Education - Team III--Accreditation

On October 27, 2009, the Department published in the Federal Register final regulations governing institutional eligibility and the Secretary's recognition of accrediting agencies. The Secretary is amending these regulations to implement changes to the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), resulting from enactment of the Higher Education Reconciliation Act of 2005 (HERA), and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), and to clarify, improve, and update the current regulations. These regulations are effective July 1, 2010.

On August 6, 2009, the Department published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM). Through this NPRM, The Secretary proposed to amend the regulations in 34 CFR part 600, governing institutional eligibility, and part 602, governing the Secretary's recognition of accrediting agencies. The Secretary is amending these regulations to implement changes to the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), resulting from enactment of the Higher Education Reconciliation Act of 2005 (HERA), Public Law 109-171, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), Public Law 110-315, and to clarify, improve, and update the current regulations.

List of negotiators for the Accreditation Team: download files MS Word (35K) | PDF (18K)

Schedule

Session One: March 4-6, 2009

  • Organizational Protocols: download files MS Word (35K) | PDF (57K)
  • Agenda: download files MS Word (35K) | PDF (89K)
  • Issues and Draft Regulatory Language: download files MS Word (81K) | PDF (545K)

Session Two: April 21-23, 2009

Session Three: May 18-20, 2009

  • Agenda: download files MS Word (40K) | PDF (99K)
  • Issues and Draft Regulatory Language: download files MS Word (175K) | PDF (211K)
  • Amendatory Language: download files MS Word (122K) | PDF (166K)

All meetings were held at the Department of Education, 8th Floor Conference Center, 1990 K Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006.

Amendatory Language for Proposed Regulations as Negotiated

On December 31, 2008, the Department published a notice in the Federal Register announcing its intent to establish five negotiated rulemaking committees for higher education. This notice summarizes the issues each team will address. See Notice Of Establishment of Negotiated Rulemaking Committees.

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