Thursday, February 26, 2015

US Senate Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education -- Recalibrating Regulation of Colleges and Universities

Here is a link to the Report: US Senate Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education -- Recalibrating Regulation of Colleges and Universities (144 pages)
see Inside Higher Ed: With Deregulatory Slant, A Higher Ed Act Push

But some Democrats as well as consumer and student groups have pushed back against the report, saying its recommendations would undermine key protections for students.
Senator Patty Murray of Washington, the top Democrat on the Senate education committee, said that colleges must be run effectively and efficiently but worried about removing important rules to hold institutions accountable.
“It would be a mistake to roll back important protections for faculty, students and families,” she said.
Murray singled out federal regulations in the Clery Act and Title IX that govern sexual assault on college campuses.
“We shouldn’t move in the wrong direction by unraveling these core protections that provide students with a safe learning environment,” she said.

Baltimore Sun: Universities Press Congress for Fewer Rules
"We are alarmed … that the task force's report suggests that current federal regulations and policies governing the response of [universities] to crimes predominantly affecting women students are too burdensome or complex," the group wrote in a statement. "We cannot stress enough that now is not the time to lessen federal oversight designed to protect students from violence."
Vanderbilt Chancellor Tangles With Sen. Elizabeth Warren During Higher Ed Cost Discussion

here is Vanderbilt's version
VIDEO HERE: US Senate Full Committee Hearing - Recalibrating Regulation of Colleges and Universities: A Report from the Task Force on Government Regulation of Higher Education

Chair Alexander starts off by talking about a 'Boston consulting firm' - is it that Cal Op Ex firm?

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The written report runs about 144 pages and the video hearing runs almost two hours.

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