MSCHE President Dr. Heather Perfetti Named as Primary Negotiator on USDE Negotiated Rulemaking Committee

Dr. Heather Perfetti, President, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Dr. Heather Perfetti, President, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education announced that Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) President Dr. Heather F. Perfetti will serve as a primary negotiator representing accrediting agencies on the Affordability and Student Loans Committee for the negotiated rulemaking on higher education issues.

The negotiated rulemaking committee will address regulations for the Federal Student Aid programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). These issues include closed school discharge, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) application processes and eligibility, and borrower defense to repayment, among others.

“I appreciate the opportunity to participate in this important process and represent my constituency group of accrediting agencies,” said Dr. Perfetti. “The issues being discussed directly impact students and the public, and I look forward to working with the members of the committee and the United States Department of Education in this role to support meaningful regulatory change in the areas being negotiated.”

The negotiated rulemaking committee is meeting in three, week-long sessions. The first is October 4-8, 2021, and will be followed by two other meetings on November 1 – 5, 2021, and December 6 – 10, 2021. All meetings are open to the public virtually and include a public comment period. For more information, click here.

In addition, the negotiated rulemaking committee includes a Prison Education Programs Subcommittee featuring Dr. Belinda Wheeler from the Vera Institute of Justice. Dr. Wheeler will be a concurrent session panelist on the expansion of Pell grants in prison programs at the virtual MSCHE 2021 Annual Conference.