Jay Vaughan is a partner in Cooley’s Education practice group and leads the Accreditation Practice. Prior to Cooley, he worked as a national accrediting agency, with primary responsibility for the financial review of accredited member institutions, change of ownership and non-main campus applications, and administrative appeals. During his seven-year tenure, he completed more than 300 on-site evaluations of accredited and applicant institutions.
In addition to assisting institutions to respond to inquiries from regulatory authorities and representing clients in hearings before accrediting bodies, he works proactively with institutions to prevent adverse actions, assist with strategic planning, and provides advice regarding day-to-day operations. Mr. Vaughan also assists institutions to understand state and federal laws regulating the field of postsecondary education, specifically focusing on mergers and acquisitions (including corporate conversions), the definition of a credit hour, and what is commonly referred to as the “90/10 rule.”
Mr. Vaughan obtained his J.D. from George Washington University Law School and earned his B.A. from James Madison University.