The Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education was formed in fall 2013 by a bipartisan group of senators, including Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Richard Burr (R-NC).
The senators appointed a 16-member group of higher education leaders to be a part of the Task Force, and asked William E. Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, and Nicholas Zeppos, chancellor of Vanderbilt University (TN), to serve as co-chairs.
Over the course of the next year, the Task Force will conduct an in-depth study of the nature and extent of federal regulations affecting institutions of higher education, with a focus on regulations stemming from the Higher Education Act and, more broadly, the Department of Education. The Task Force will provide specific recommendations to streamline and reduce regulations while at the same time ensuring that important student and taxpayer protections are maintained. More specifically, the senators have given the Task Force the following three-part charge:
- Provide specific recommendations to consolidate, streamline and eliminate burdensome, costly and/or confusing regulations, legislation and reporting requirements;
- Review and quantify the extent of all federal reporting and regulatory requirements with which institutions must comply, including estimates of the time and costs associated with specific regulations and requirements; and
- Provide recommendations for reform to ensure future regulations are promulgated in a manner that appropriately considers existing law and accurately examines the costs and benefits to taxpayers, institutions and students.
The Task Force will meet throughout 2014, with the goal of producing a report and recommendations for action by the end of the year or in early 2015.
For further information, see the following:
News Release: Senate Education Committee Members Announce Task Force to Review Higher Ed Regulations and Reporting Requirements
Letter from Sens. Alexander and Mikulski inviting Chancellors Kirwan and Zeppos to co-chair the Task Force
Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education scope of work
Memo from Task Force co-chairs requesting feedback on burdensome federal regulations