How Admissions Officers View Federal Regulation

January 26, 2015

Senator Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican who now leads the Senate committee with oversight of higher education programs, has launched an effort to trim needless federal regulation, and many college leaders are drawing up lists of rules they think can be discarded. The National Association for College Admission Counseling has just surveyed its members on the topic - and the results don't totally fit the "regulations are over the top" theme popular with many college lobbyists.

The survey did find regulations that admissions officials believe are not that effective. For example, admissions officials questioned whether the information provided by net price calculators is really accurate. But most admissions officials surveyed said that federal regulations had a "low to moderate impact" on their work. Further, the survey found that 76 percent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that federal regulations "protect students and taxpayers from waste, fraud and abuse."


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