The Department of Education announced Friday in an unofficial notice that it will establish the Institutional and Programmatic Eligibility Committee for a negotiated rule-making process beginning in January.
The committee will address seven topics, including the 90-10 rule for for-profit institutions, gainful employment, change of ownership and change in control of colleges and universities, and financial responsibility for institutions, such as events that indicate heightened financial risk. Negotiators will meet for three sessions in 2022: Jan. 18 to 21, Feb. 14 to 18 and March 14 to 18.
Once the notice is published in the Federal Register, the department will accept nominations for negotiators up to seven days after that date. Negotiators will represent a variety of constituency groups, such as students and student loan borrowers, civil rights organizations, financial aid administrators, all types of postsecondary institutions, and accrediting agencies. It especially encourages nominations from organizations that represent historically underserved and low-income communities.