Education Department Releases Final Rules on Accreditation, State Authorization November 04, 2019 Section 1 ContentThe Department of Education (ED) on Nov. 1 published its final regulations on accreditation and state authorization distance education, the result of a negotiated rulemaking session earlier this year. That rulemaking panel, which included ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle, was able to reach consensus.The rules are meant to ease the process for accreditors to earn federal recognition as well as allow new accreditors to gain that status. When the draft rules were published in June, ACE believed that on balance, they would give both ED and accreditors some flexibility and provide important protections for students, while not fundamentally altering the higher education regulatory framework.The regulations will go into effect in July 2020.The House Education and Labor Committee voted to pass a bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, the primary law that governs the relationship between the federal government, colleges and universities, and students. Section 2 Content Section 3 Content Section 4 Content Section 5 Content Section 6 Content Button Content Rail Content 1 Rail Content 2 Rail Content 3 Related Podcast February 25, 2021 Hosts Jon Fansmith, Sarah Spreitzer, and Mushtaq Gunja talk with House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) about the recent past, present, and future of higher education legislation under his committee’s purview. Read More Podcast February 25, 2021 Episode 37: A Conversation With Congressman Bobby Scott Podcast February 12, 2021 ACE President Ted Mitchell joins Jon, Sarah, and Mushtaq to talk about his impressions of incoming Secretary of Education Miguel A. Cardona and about his own experience working in the Education Department. Read More Podcast February 12, 2021 Episode 36: What Colleges Can Expect From Miguel Cardona's Education Department Statement February 3, 2021 ACE looks forward to working with Dr. Cardona and his team at the Department of Education on the many important issues facing students, families, and colleges and universities. Read More Statement February 3, 2021 Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Senate Confirmation Hearing of Secretary of Education-designate Miguel A. Cardona Press Release December 3, 2020 ACE announced it will build a network of colleges and universities that will work together to ensure learners can easily transfer ACE credit recommendations for prior learning experience toward completion of a degree or credential. Read More Press Release December 3, 2020 New ACE Network Will Help Students Earn College Credit for Prior Learning Podcast November 13, 2020 The Biden-Harris platform unveiled during the 2020 presidential campaign suggests that higher education will be a primary focus of the new administration. ACE's Terry Hartle joins the hosts to talk about what we can expect come January. Read More Podcast November 13, 2020 Episode 32: What Higher Education Can Expect From the Biden Administration News October 21, 2020 ACE is seeking subject matter experts and agile leaders to contribute to a microcredential program aimed at helping senior college and university leaders become more adaptable and innovative to meet the needs of students in a rapidly changing environment. Read More News October 21, 2020 ACE Seeks Experts to Contribute to Agile Administrators Microcredential Initiative Press Release October 15, 2020 ACE has announced it will add apprenticeships to its already significant learning evaluations portfolio and will work to improve postsecondary and workforce connections for these programs. Read More Press Release October 15, 2020 New ACE Project to Enhance Apprenticeship Pathways to Employment Audio September 22, 2020 ACE’s Terry Hartle and Jon Fansmith look at the impact of COVID-19 on institutions across the country and prospects for federal policy action in higher education in light of the pending presidential election. Presented on ACE Engage—Create Your Account. Read More Audio September 22, 2020 Public Policy Pop-Up: September Edition News September 14, 2020 The Department of Education has released its final rule implementing President Trump’s executive order linking federal research and education grants to campus free speech for public institutions. Read More News September 14, 2020 Education Department Finalizes New Rule on Campus Free Speech News August 17, 2020 ACE and three other major higher education associations sent a letter to the Bureau of Consular Affairs and U.S. Customs and Border Protection asking for clarification that international students can safely travel to begin school this fall. Read More News August 17, 2020 Associations, Lawmakers Call on Administration to Clarify Policy on Allowing International Students Into the Country Audio July 28, 2020 What has Congress accomplished before its summer recess, and what more can we expect leading up to election season? ACE’s Terry Hartle and Jon Fansmith update you on this and other public policy developments. Presented on ACE Engage—Create Your Account. Read More Audio July 28, 2020 Public Policy Pop-Up: July Edition Podcast July 13, 2020 Hosts Jon Fansmith and Sarah Spreitzer talk to Anne Meehan and Holland & Knight Senior Counsel Jeff Nolan to talk about the Department of Education’s new rule on Title IX and how colleges must handle sexual assault and sexual harassment complaints beginni Read More Podcast July 13, 2020 Episode 25: “Horrifying” Guidance on International Students; All About the Title IX Final Rule News June 12, 2020 ACE President Ted Mitchell and the leaders of 14 other higher education groups sent a letter to Secretary Betsy DeVos Wednesday asking for a delay of the Title IX effective date so institutions can focus their efforts on how to safely reopen this fall. Read More News June 12, 2020 ACE, Higher Education Groups Again Express Concerns Over Title IX Rule Implementation Date News May 11, 2020 The Department of Education released its final Title IX campus sexual assault regulations, despite the higher education community’s request to hold off while campuses remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More News May 11, 2020 Education Department’s Final Title IX Rule Goes Into Effect August 14 Statement May 6, 2020 ACE President says Education Department's release of the final Title IX rule during the COVID-19 pandemic is "irrational and unrealistic." Read More Statement May 6, 2020 Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on Final Title IX Regulations News April 20, 2020 The Office of Management and Budget has concluded its review and approved the Department of Education’s revised proposed expansion of foreign gift and contract reporting requirements under Section 117 of the Higher Education Act. Read More News April 20, 2020 OMB Approves Final Foreign Gift and Contract Reporting Information Collection Request News April 2, 2020 ACE and more than 60 other organizations are asking governors to take immediate action to ensure their states provide reciprocity in licensing of health care and mental health care professionals. Read More News April 2, 2020 ACE, Other Organizations Urge Governors to Cooperate on Health Care Licensing Reciprocity During COVID-19 Pandemic Community This group is designed for those focused on federal higher education policymaking, with opportunities to discuss pressing policy issues. Only on ACE Engage—Create your account! Read More Community Public Policy News March 30, 2020 ACE President Ted Mitchell called the higher education provisions in the plan, which total approximately $14 billion, “woefully inadequate.” Read More News March 30, 2020 Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Allocates $14 Billion to Higher Education Statement March 25, 2020 While this legislation is an improvement from where the Senate started, the amount of money it provides to students and higher education institutions remains woefully inadequate. Read More Statement March 25, 2020 ACE President Ted Mitchell on Senate Stimulus Bill’s Impact on Students and Institutions Video Terry Hartle speaks with Jamie Studley from WASC and Heather Perfetti, incoming president of MSCHE, about how COVID-19 might impact accreditation. Presented on Engage—Create your account. Read More Video How Will COVID-19 Impact Accreditation?