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Legislative Update - January 2019
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The National Council for Workforce Education

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

January 2019

Congratulations to all the new elected officials at the federal and state level! If you’re wondering how to connect with your elected officials and their staff people, you can find several useful tips on NCWE’s Government Relations webpages: https://www.ncwe.org/page/gov_rel.


FEDERAL AND STATE NEWS

  • The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), Advance CTE, and the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) have conducted team meetings around the country, helping state agencies learn more about the new Perkins reauthorization. These state agencies, in turn, will train local colleges and other organizations.
  • The U.S. Department of Education is releasing several accreditation proposals as part of a negotiated rule-making process. A full Inside Higher Ed article is available at https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/01/07/trump-administration-wants-flexibility-accreditors-and-encourage-alternative.

    Among other ideas, the Education Department is proposing to:

    • Limit the authority and scope of higher education accreditors, and give colleges more latitude to make changes without the accreditor's permission;
    • Drop the credit-hour definition, and let accreditors and colleges determine how to evaluate a student’s academic progress;
    • Remove the current 50% cap on colleges outsourcing academic programs to non-accredited providers; and
    • Provide extended access to federal funds for institutions that are closing and teaching-out students.

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