Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

 Email  Share  Print

House to Vote This Week on Bill to Repeal State Authorization, Credit Hour Regulations

February 27, 2012

 

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this week on a bill (H.R 2117) to repeal two Department of Education regulations that went into effect July 1, 2011.

H.R. 2117, approved by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce last summer, would repeal the so-called state authorization regulation and the new federal definition of a credit hour. The vote is expected during a work session that begins tomorrow and is scheduled to go through Wednesday.

ACE and a coalition of higher education organizations sent a letter to House members today asking them to vote yes on the bill.

“Given the almost total lack of evidence of a problem in the context of credit hour or state authorization, these two portions of the package miss their mark,” the groups wrote. “We see no justification for two regulations that so fundamentally alter the relationships among the federal government, states, accreditors and institutions. We believe the outcome of this unprecedented regulatory overreach will be inappropriate federal interference in campus-based decisions in which the faculty play a central role. The end result will be a curtailment of student access to high-quality education opportunities.”

The state authorization regulation forces institutions to meet any state requirements necessary to offer distance education in the state where the student is located while receiving instruction.

The new procedure is extremely complicated and replaced a straightforward administrative requirement that worked very well. There is also concern that it will greatly increase the cost of providing distance education courses.

The new credit hour definition opens the door to federal interference in core academic decisions that must be left to individual institutions, the organizations believe.

As a secondary matter, the definition is ambiguous, and the lack of effective guidance on implementation could pose serious challenges as campuses begin to review curricula to ensure compliance.

Also see:

Talking Points in Support of H.R. 2117—Repeal of Federal Credit Hour and State Authorization Regulations

Senate Version of H.R. 2117 Would Rescind Education Department Regulations (July 5, 2011)

Other ACE News

  • April 24, 2015

    Today's Headlines

    HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

    In today’s headlines, The Chronicle of Higher Education profiles Arizona State University President Michael Crow and explores ASU’s plan to offer a low-cost freshman year via MOOCs. In other news, Inside Higher Ed looks at the new book on campus...

  • Financial Aid

    April 22, 2015

    Campaign to Save Student Aid Launches

    The Student Aid Alliance launches a campaign to increase awareness and spur action against congressional threats to curtail federal student aid programs.

  • Innovative Practices

    April 22, 2015

    2015 Challenge Festival Scheduled for Next Month

    ACE is co-sponsoring the weeklong convening of tech visionaries, business leaders, government officials and promising entrepreneurs in education and other fields.

  • Institutional Capacity

    April 22, 2015

    Register Now for Advancing to the Presidency

    Advancing to the Presidency, a two-day workshop scheduled for Oct.19-20 in Alexandria, VA, helps senior admnistrators prepare for the transition to the next level.

  • Leading Internationalization

    April 20, 2015

    Deadline to Apply to the Institute for Leading Internationalization Is May 1

    The Institute for Leading Internationalization, designed for administrators who have a critical role in advancing internationalization on their campuses, is scheduled for June 7-9 in Alexandria, VA.

 

 Related Content