May 4, 2020 — Comments

In this negotiated rulemaking, the Department stacked the committee with industry negotiators from schools and accrediting agencies, while limiting the number of negotiators representing states, consumers and students, including by vetoing the participation of state attorneys general. It also overwhelmed the committee, at the very first meeting, with hundreds of pages of proposals. Those initial proposals, if adopted, would have drastically reduced oversight of distance education, exposing taxpayers and students to increased risk of costly institutional fraud.