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The Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions can offer valuable insight into federal policies and proposals that can affect quality and accountability in the nation’s higher education system. C-RAC members remain active participants in congressional efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA) and recently engaged in the 2019 negotiated rulemaking on accreditation.
  • Accreditation during COVID-19: C-RAC members compiled a report detailing examples of how each commission has maintained its commitment to quality assurance and enhanced communications with institutions despite challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

  • HEA Reauthorization Priorities: As Congress continues to explore proposals to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA), C-RAC members have developed a set of recommended principles that should be considered when developing legislation. Read More

  • 2019 Negotiated Rulemaking: See an overview of C-RAC’s efforts to support and inform the 2019 rulemaking on accreditation. Read More

  • C-RAC letter in response to College Affordability Act: Following the October 2019 markup of the College Affordability Act in the House Education and Labor Committee, C-RAC submitted a comment letter to Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Ranking Member Virginia Foxx (R-NC) offering feedback on the legislation. Read More

  • Testimony before the House Education and Labor Committee: In April 2019, New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) President Barbara Brittingham testified before the House Committee on Education and Labor Subcommittee on Higher Education on the important role regional accrediting commissions play in encouraging institutional quality and improvement while also protecting taxpayer resources. Read More

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