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Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. HERGER. Madam Chair, the federal government's overreach into education is doing more harm than good for our schools and universities. The bill before us today, the Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act, would repeal some of the more heavy-handed regulations created by the Department of Education. I am concerned that states becoming actively involved in the accreditation process could adversely affect private universities in Northern California and throughout the U.S. by adding another layer of costly mandates and bureaucratic interference. I also do not believe the federal government should micromanage universities through actions such as defining the credit hour, which interferes with the academic authority of university leaders. I strongly support this legislation ending both of those harmful and unnecessary rules, and I hope the Senate will join us in eliminating these excessive regulations.


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