US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP)

President Drugovich Appointed to US Senate Committee Task Force

January 6, 2014

Hartwick College President Margaret L. Drugovich has recently been appointed a member of a bipartisan task force on government regulation of higher education by the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).

In November 2013, Senate Education Committee members announced the creation of a task force designed to review higher education regulations and reporting requirements. According to a communication sent by the U.S. Senate Committee, "This Task Force creates an opportunity to conduct a comprehensive review of federal regulations and reporting requirements affecting colleges and universities and make recommendations to Congress and the Administration to streamline and reduce federal regulations, while at the same time maintaining student and taxpayer protections."

As a member of this task force, Drugovich will assist in examining the burden of federal regulations and reporting requirements on institutions of higher education. The task force of higher education officials and experts will also work to identify ways to reduce and streamline confusing and/or costly regulations relating to this field.

An article published today in The Chronicle of Higher Education details a study of the costs of regulatory compliance completed by Hartwick College, providing additional thoughts and comments on this topic. This article can be reviewed at

The Committee goes on to state that with organizational assistance from the American Council on Education, the Task Force will: 1) provide specific recommendations to consolidate, streamline and eliminate burdensome, costly and/or confusing regulations, legislation and reporting requirements; 2) review and quantify the extent of all federal reporting and regulatory requirements that institutions must comply with, including estimates of the time and costs associated with specific regulations and requirements; and 3) provide recommendations for reform to ensure future regulations are promulgated in a manner that appropriately considers existing law and accurately examines the costs and benefits to taxpayers, institutions and students.

For more information on the task force on government regulation of higher education, visit the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions' webpage at

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