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Letter to Rep. Virginia Foxx on Education Department's Final Program Integrity Rules

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Letter to Rep. Virginia Foxx on Education Department's Final Program Integrity Rules

March 10, 2011

​On behalf of more than 70 higher education associations and accrediting organizations, a letter in support of the hearing to examine the Department of Education's final program integrity rules issued on Oct. 29, 2010.

The groups express strong support for the goals of these rules, which are intended to eliminate fraud and abuse, shield students from predatory practices and protect taxpayer investment in the Title IV financial aid programs. However, they are concerned about provisions of the regulations that establish a federal definition of "credit hour" and expand state authorization requirements. These provisions will have little or no effect in curbing fraud and abuse, but they could do enormous damage to the quality and diversity of postsecondary academic offerings.

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