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  • Regulations imposed by the federal government impact almost every area of higher education administration. Federal rules help campuses implement key legislation, such as measures protecting intellectual property, academic freedom, student privacy, access and equity, and student safety. However, regulations also can overreach, consuming huge amounts of time and wasting scarce campus financial resources with little benefit. The primary objective is ensuring that the regulatory burden on campuses is fair and limited to the scope of the legislative goal.
  • The Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965—most recently reauthorized as the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008—is the vehicle for the broadest range of higher education regulations. The rulemaking process for HEOA is still ongoing. The regulations outlining a federal definition of a credit hour and the requirement that colleges comply with state authorization laws in every state in which they operate are proving particularly difficult to complete. Current reauthorization for the HEOA expires at the end of 2013 though it is unclear when the next reauthorization process will begin.

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