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Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education

December 30, 1899

Regulation Task Force report cover


The Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education has concluded its work and on Feb. 12, 2015, released a report examining how the federal oversight of higher education has evolved and expanded over the years.

The Task Force 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 16 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. They were given the following three-part charge:

  1. Provide specific recommendations to consolidate, streamline and eliminate burdensome, costly and/or confusing regulations, legislation and reporting requirements;
  2. 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
  3. 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.

Click here to download a copy of Recalibrating Regulation of Colleges and Universities: Report of the Task Force on
Federal Regulation of Higher Education.

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​

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 Task Force Report


 Task Force Members