Legislative Tracker: Quality & Accountability

Legislative Tracker LogoOn this page, you'll find proposals that look to hold institutions or individuals responsible for their actions or performance. In addition, this page includes legislation impacting accreditation and matters related to the Department of Education, including structure and regulatory activity.

For quality and accountability proposals from the previous session of Congress, visit the Legislative Tracker Archive: Quality & Accountability.  

*NEW* Higher Education Innovation Act
S. 615 Sponsor:
Sen. Bennet (D-CO)
Co-Sponsors:
1 (1 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
3/13/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would establish a pilot program for alternative accreditation for institutions for the purposes of institutional eligibility for the federal student aid programs. Certain currently ineligible programs and providers would be authorized to receive Title IV funds, provided the programs and providers meet a number of performance metrics and other requirements. 
       
*NEW* States' Education Reclamation Act 
HR 1510 Sponsor:
Rep. Rouzer (R-NC)
Co-Sponsors:
1 (1 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
3/10/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would eliminate the Department of Education and distribute major programs to other agencies. The Federal Pell Grant Program and all student loan programs would be transferred to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Based on the language, FWS and FSEOG could be eliminated entirely. 
       
To terminate the Department of Education.
HR 899 Sponsor:
Rep. Massie (R-KY)
Co-Sponsors:
7 (7 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
2/7/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This brief bill would eliminate the Department of Education, effective December 31, 2018. The bill does not describe what would happen to the federal student aid programs.
 
Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to teacher preparation issues.
H.J.Res. 58 Sponsor:
Rep. Guthrie (R-KY)
Co-Sponsors:
13 (13 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
2/1/2017
*NEW* 
S.J. Res. 26
Sponsor:
Sen. Sasse (R-NE)
Co-Sponsors:
10 (10 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
3/2/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This measure repeals the October 2016 teacher preparation program accountability regulation via the Congressional Review Act.
Status: 3/27/2017: Signed into Law by President Trump

 

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Publication Date: 4/4/2017


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