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Katie Wendel


Washington, D.C.
202 585 6917 202 585 6917 direct

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.

In addition to her comprehensive regulatory work, Katie represents higher education institutions and investors in the postsecondary sector with various transactional matters. She works with state, federal, and accrediting agencies on behalf of colleges and universities and helps her clients maintain compliance with complex agency rules and standards.


ED’s Evolving State Authorization and Professional Licensure Requirements

Safeguarding the Data and Your Compliance Program – USED and GLBA

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccines in Postsecondary Education

Postsecondary Institutions: Business Considerations

The Regulatory Outlook for Higher Education

Protecting the Ever-Increasing Endpoints in Higher Education

Analyzing ED’s New Distance Education Rule

Getting Ready for USED’s New Student Disclosure Requirements

The CARES Act for Higher Education: Strategy and Implementation

Colleges Held for Ransom: Responding to a Ransomware Attack

Mergers and Acquisitions in Higher Education: Key Points of the Letter of Intent

Disclosure Requirements for Online and Distance Professional Licensure Programs


Compromise and Settlement Authority

Negotiated rulemaking and the new 90/10 rule

Making Clery Act notifications during COVID-19

CARES Act funds: Significant new USED guidance includes surprises

ED issues instructions to Higher Ed to obtain CARES Act funds

Making sense of ED’s State Authorization Rule

Ransomware attacks: What higher education institutions need to know

Mergers and acquisitions in higher education: Considering the letter of intent

Getting ready for ED’s new state authorization rule

Gainful employment: Alternate earnings appeals due February 1


Co-Author, "SEVP modifies temporary exemptions for non immigrant students taking online courses during fall 2020 semester";
EDU Alliance Journal, July 2020