Article "Proliferating Federal Regulations: Is Government Now 'the Enemy'?"

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Article "Proliferating Federal Regulations: Is Government Now 'the Enemy'?"


This is an article by Karen J. Winkler about universities, such as Brigham Young University, refusing to comply with portions of federal affirmative action regulations. Yale University and Stanford University have recently said they may do the same. Recently, the Veterans Administration was telling universities to operate under the new GI Bill. Federal rules have become very costly. Harold L. Enarson, the president of the Ohio State University, said there is a change taking place between Washington and Universities when he spoke at the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. Universities must comply with regulations set forth by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Labor, and Agriculture. HEW estimates at least 40 regulations will need to be implemented with the new Education Amendments of 1976. A survey by the American Council on Education found that higher education institutions were spending between 1-4% of their operating budgets. There are issues with the GI bill according to the University of Iowa, which reports to being reimbursed $3 for every veteran but actually spends $20 per veteran. Harvard University estimates in one year at least 60,000 faculty hours were spent complying with federal regulations. The President of the University of Minnesota, C. Peter Magrath, said the real issues lie in the oversights of the federal regulations. Some of the federal regulation problems stem from "bad bills" such as the “Buckley Amendment.” President Kingman Brewster of Yale called the regulations atrocious. An example of a better regulation was the The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which was amended in 1974. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration came out with its own regulations, as did the Consumer Product Safety Commision. Earlier in the year, HEW Secretary F. David Matthews, instituted a policy of issuing notice of intent letters when something is going to change.


Winkler, Karen J. "Proliferating Federal Regulations: Is Government Now 'the Enemy'?" The Chronicle of Higher Education (12 December 1976) R.G. 6.2.5 Box 25 Folder 4, University Archives, Virginia Baptist Historical Society.


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Winkler, Karen J., “Article "Proliferating Federal Regulations: Is Government Now 'the Enemy'?",” University of Richmond Race & Racism Project, accessed June 19, 2024,