Upcoming Neg Reg Will Address Changes to the Return of Title IV Funds, State Authorization, Credit Hour – NASFAA
A series of subcommittee meetings—part of the Department of Education’s (ED) negotiated rulemaking process, or “neg reg”—will kick off next week to address a host of higher education regulations, touching on topics such as the return of Title IV funds, state authorization of distance education programs, and the definition of the credit hour, among other policies.
The sessions addressing these topics—which are not open to the public but will be livestreamed—will take place January 17-18, February 12-13, and conclude March 11-12. Another group of subcommittee sessions on the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program will also take place at the same time.
During these meetings, ED and subcommittee members will develop and recommend proposed rules for consideration by the larger negotiated rulemaking committee. The committee negotiates proposed rules with the goal of reaching consensus. ED will publish the proposed rule in the Federal Register as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and solicit public comments, which will be evaluated for inclusion in the final rule. Stay tuned to Today’s News next week for coverage of the discussion.
In a departure from past negotiations, in which the first session has generally been a brainstorming and listening session, ED has already released its proposed draft regulatory language for these regulations.