NACAC Comments on Executive Order on Federal Regulations

Michael Rose

Arlington, VA (Feb. 2, 2017) — The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) expressed concern this week with President Donald Trump’s new executive order requiring federal agencies to eliminate two federal regulations for every new one implemented.

The order, issued on Monday, also states that any new rules must be measured against their monetary cost.

While NACAC recognizes that a thoughtful review of federal regulations may be appropriate, the association is concerned that the process outlined in the executive order may be arbitrary. Rescinding regulations without careful consideration of their original purpose may open the door to unforeseen consequences.

In the past, presidents from both parties have used an orderly and open process to issue regulations as a means to shape public policy and clarify legislation passed by Congress. Many rules are designed to protect the rights or safety of US citizens and to protect taxpayer dollars from waste, fraud, and abuse. For example, federal law bans colleges and universities from using incentive compensation when recruiting students. This helps ensure that college recruiters have the students’ best interests in mind, rather than their own financial interests.    

The requirement that new regulations be measured based solely on their monetary cost is also troubling, NACAC believes. Doing so would fail to take into account other potential costs—such as financial loss, reduced safety, or health hazards—that individuals and families may incur if a regulation is arbitrarily eliminated.

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 16,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).

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