[Webinar] Getting Ready for USED’s New Student Disclosure Requirements - June 10th, 2:00 pm CT

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June 10th, 2020
2:00 PM CT

Join the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and Thompson Coburn for a webinar examining the new student disclosure requirements that go into effect on July 1, 2020. These disclosure requirements apply to all institutions of higher education, and to all covered programs, whether offered through distance education or on-ground instruction. In particular, institutions offering courses or programs that lead to professional licensure have important, new responsibilities. This webinar will provide a detailed overview of the new rule, and practical advice for achieving compliance by July 1, 2020. Additionally, the presenters will consider related NC-SARA policies addressing disclosures related to professional licensure programs.

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This webinar is approved for 1.2 hours general CLE in Missouri and 1.0 hour general CLE in Illinois and California. CLE credit in Texas is pending.

Speakers

Leah Matthews
Leah Matthews
Executive Director
DEAC

Dr. Leah Matthews began serving as the DEAC Executive Director on April 1, 2013. Dr. Matthews comes to DEAC from her previous position as Vice President for Recognition Services at the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the national coordinating organization for higher education accrediting organizations. In that role, she managed the CHEA recognition process for 60 accreditors that provide regional, national and programmatic accreditation. Prior to working with CHEA, Dr. Matthews served nearly 12 years on the staff of the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges. Prior to joining ACCSC, Dr. Matthews worked for five years as a civilian based at the U.S. Army Japan Headquarters in Zama, Japan where she directed family support services and education programs for children and youth. Dr. Matthews also taught for several years in the Baltimore City Schools system.

Dr. Matthews frequently speaks on the topic of accreditation and distance education. She served as a non-federal negotiator for the U.S. Department of Education's 2014 and 2019 Rulemaking Sessions on multiple areas that included distance education state authorization. Dr. Matthews is currently serving on the executive council of the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), as a board member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), as a board member of the Presidents' Forum and as vice president of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) board of directors.

Dr. Matthews earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Education from Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA; a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a PhD in Higher Education from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.

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.

Katie Wendel
Katie Wendel
Counsel
Thompson Coburn LLP

Katie handles a wide variety of regulatory and transactional work for the nonprofit and for-profit higher education sector, including online education programs, and has extensive knowledge of the laws and policies affecting colleges and universities.

She regularly communicates with the U.S. Department of Education on behalf of clients to assist with Title IV issues and maintaining institutional eligibility with the Department. Katie also helps schools sustain successful student exchange visitor programs.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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