[Webinar] ED’s Increased Scrutiny of College Contracts with Online Program Managers

May 17th, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm CDT
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May 17th, 2022
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM CDT

On May 5, 2022, the U.S. Government Accountability Office released a long awaited report scrutinizing the U.S. Department of Education’s oversight of relationships between institutions of higher education and Online Program Managers. The Report, titled Education Needs to Strengthen Its Approach to Monitoring Colleges' Arrangements with Online Program Managers, focuses on ED’s role in ensuring institutional compliance with the federal ban on incentive compensation. Thompson Coburn’s Higher Education practice invites you to join us for webinar on May 17, 2022, during which we will discuss in further detail the state of the incentive compensation ban and its application to OPM arrangements, as well as language introduced by ED during its recent negotiated rulemaking that would impact OPM relationships.

CLE
California: 1.0 general
Illinois: 1.0 general
Missouri: 1.2 general
New York: 1.0 PPM (experienced and transitional)
Texas: 1.0 general

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Aaron Lacey

Aaron Lacey
Partner
Thompson Coburn LLP

Aaron’s practice is dedicated entirely to helping institutions of higher education navigate complex legal and regulatory matters. He has significant experience in the array of federal, state, and accrediting agency laws and standards that govern postsecondary institutions, and is a frequent writer and speaker on topics relating to higher education policy and the federal financial aid programs.

In 2018, Aaron served the U.S. Department of Education as one of 17 negotiators charged with overhauling the Department's complex and controversial "borrower defense" rule. The Department selected Aaron to represent and negotiate on behalf of general counsels, attorneys and compliance officers at postsecondary institutions nationwide.

Aaron regularly represents institutions in administrative proceedings before state licensing entities, accrediting agencies, and the U.S. Department of Education, including matters arising from audits, program reviews, and investigations of the Office of Inspector General.

In support of institutional initiatives, he assists clients in drafting and negotiating a wide variety of agreements, including domestic and international articulation, consortium, licensing, marketing, and agency contracts, and in the case of postsecondary mergers and acquisitions, stock and asset purchase agreements. Aaron also assists with the management of regulatory and government agency relationships, policy creation and implementation, strategic planning, and compliance systems design.

Aaron is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and of the American Bar Association.

Chris Murray

Chris Murray
Partner
Thompson Coburn LLP

Chris came to Washington to attend college and has been at the intersection of politics and education ever since.

One of Washington's leading political advocates and strategic advisors for the education sector, Chris has a particular interest in supporting organizations that are disrupting the status quo. At its core, Chris's work is about getting to a meaningful and lasting result that supports the mission of his clients, which is simply to provide the best and most affordable education for all.

Scott Goldschmidt

Scott Goldschmidt
Counsel
Thompson Coburn LLP

A member of Thompson Coburn’s Higher Education Practice, and the former Deputy General Counsel for Catholic University, Scott understands the unique challenges that higher education clients face and how to best help them achieve their goals. Drawing on his experience in a university general counsel's office, Scott brings a practical, in-house perspective to the challenging legal, regulatory, and compliance issues faced by postsecondary institutions. Scott is well-versed in managing all types of day-to-day and long term legal demands facing institutions of higher education, and routinely assists institutions with matters involving discrimination law, student affairs, contract drafting and review, and policy development. He also has experience with crisis management, advising on reputational concerns, and implementing controls to mitigate risk. Scott is a graduate of George Washington University and of the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. He also is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and of the American Bar Association.

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