With the smoke not yet cleared from the U.S. Education Department’s last round of negotiated rule making — which produced a series of new regulations aimed at strengthening the integrity of federal financial aid programs and took special aim at for-profit colleges — the agency appears ready for more.
In a statement Friday, department officials said that they would soon be announcing the creation of "one or more negotiated rule making committees to prepare proposed regulations under the Higher Education Act of 1965," and that the agency would hold three public hearings this month (in Tacoma, Wash., Chicago, and Charleston, S.C.) "at which interested parties may suggest issues" for the committee(s) to consider.
The announcement gave no clue about what the department might seek to explore in the new round of rule making, as the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities noted with a bit of trepidation.
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