Thursday, October 22, 2009

Jones Appointed to Federal Rule Negotiating Panel

AICUO President C. Todd Jones has been selected by the Obama administration as one of about a dozen, primary negotiators in an upcoming negotiated rule making session for the U.S. Department of Education.

The Higher Education Act was revised last year and, for the law's Title IV that deals with student loans, the act requires that regulations be negotiated among interested stakeholders. Jones will serve as the negotiator representing independent higher education institutions.

Jones said that upcoming sessions will deal with issues of "program integrity," covering a variety of topics that safeguard the federal student loan system against fraud. These include rules governing incentive compensation for college recruiters, procedures for verifying personal financial information submitted by students, agreements among higher education institutions, and tests to determine if students have the "ability to benefit" from higher education.

Negotiations will take place during three one-week sessions in November, December, and January in Washington, D.C.