How Will the Federal Regulatory Spotlight Falling on Higher Education Affect You?

Concurrent Session 6
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Brief Abstract

While managing to mostly avoid the federal spotlight on deregulation and changes to regulations in the last few years, higher education is clearly center stage in 2019. The Department of Education held “negotiated rulemaking” on issues including accreditation, definitions (credit hour, distance education, competency-based education, regular and substantive interaction, asynchronous education), allowing more outsourcing of programs, and many more. Meanwhile, Congress is talking about getting into the act by updating the Higher Education Act, which contains all of the law affecting federal financial aid.

Join us for as painless an update as we can make it and come prepared with questions that you have.


Russ Poulin leads WCET, the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, which focuses on the practice, policy, and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. WCET’s members hail from all fifty states and a few from Canada. As WICHE Vice President, he advises on policy and projects for the regional higher education compact. Russ represented the distance education community on federal negotiated rulemaking committees and subcommittees. He has received recognition from the Presidents’ Forum, Excelsior College, and the National University Technology Network for his contributions to policies for technology-enhanced postsecondary education. Russ received a bachelors from the University of Colorado Denver and a masters from the University of Northern Colorado. He is also partial to movies, cats, and his wife, Laurie. Contact him at: or @RussPoulin.

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