Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education Releases Report
Published: February 13, 2015

The bipartisan group of U.S. senators that created the Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education yesterday released a report examining how the federal oversight of higher education has evolved and expanded over the years.

The report offers a set of recommendations aimed at streamlining and simplifying regulations that undermine the ability of colleges and universities to serve students, even as it reaffirms the important role regulations play in ensuring institutional accountability and responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

“We greatly appreciate the vision of the bipartisan group of U.S. senators who created the Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education—Sens. Lamar Alexander, Barbara Mikulski, Richard Burr and Michael Bennet—and are pleased that ACE could support its work and assist in producing this report,” said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad in a statement.

“We also would like to express our thanks to the task force’s co-chairs, Chancellors William E. Kirwan of the University System of Maryland and Nicholas S. Zeppos of Vanderbilt University (TN), and to all task force members.”

Among the publications covering the report were The Wall Street Journal, Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions has scheduled a Feb. 24 hearing to explore the report’s findings and recommendation in detail.