Press Release: Rep. Foxx Remarks to Highlight ACICS Conference

(Washington, DC) September 17, 2013 – A primary advocate for streamlining regulations applied to private colleges and schools will deliver the keynote address at “Learn, Connect, Refresh,” the 2013 ACICS Annual Conference and Business Meeting November 7-9 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, and primary sponsor of the Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory Relief Act (H.R. 2637), will offer her perspective on the policy environment regarding proprietary education and its quality during the opening session Friday morning. H.R. 2637, reported out of committee in July, would limit federal overreach in postsecondary academic affairs and eliminate three burdensome regulations affecting colleges and universities: gainful employment, credit hour definitions and state authorization.

In introducing the legislation, Rep. Foxx said, “Students and institutions stand to be unfairly burdened by ill-conceived program integrity regulations. The Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory Relief Act will remove the barrier three of those regulations put in the way of schools working to innovate, grow, and meet the changing demands of an increasingly diverse American student body. I hope to see the House remove these barriers so affordability, accountability, and transparency can be carefully addressed during the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.”

Rep. Foxx is serving her fifth term as North Carolina’s 5th District representative. Throughout her time in Congress, Foxx has established herself as a champion of conservative values and helped lead the national movements to reduce federal government spending and increase accountability within the federal government. (Read more:

The 2013 ACICS Annual Conference features presentations on accreditation and professional development topics, a golf tournament and spa day, along with the popular Awards Luncheon and Annual Meeting. Go to to register today.

Founded in 1912, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) is one of the most respected and longest established national accreditors of academic institutions in the United States. It is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). ACICS accredits more than 800 private post-secondary institutions offering certificates or diplomas, as well as institution offering associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in programs designed to educate students for professional, technical, or occupational degrees.