Roger's Profile

Roger Swartzwelder is a Shareholder and member of the Firm’s Education Practice Group. He represents institutions of higher education in a wide array of regulatory, accreditation, and operational issues.

Prior to joining the Firm, Roger served nearly 14 years as general counsel and chief compliance officer for a multi-state system of colleges. Roger previously was in private practice at Dow, Lohnes in Washington specializing in higher education matters. He also worked at a nationally recognized accrediting agency for more than 13 years, including more than eight years as Associate Executive Director and Associate Executive Director/In-House Counsel.

Roger received his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees from George Washington University and his Bachelor of Arts in History from Dickinson College.

Roger's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

Affiliations
  • Member, Board of Directors, Arcadia Beverage, LLC, Arden, N.C., June 2017 – February 2019
  • Member, Board of Trustees, New England College of Business and Finance, Boston, Mass., June 2012 – December 2018
  • Commissioner, Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, 2007 – 2012, 2015 – 2018
  • Member, Annual Conference Planning Committee, National Association of State Administrators and Supervisors of Private Schools, 2010 – 2011
  • Member, Nominating Committee, Career College Association, 2009
  • Private School Licensure Advisory Board, Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education, 2008
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Region IV Private Career Colleges and Schools, 2006 – 2008
  • Board of Directors, Alabama Association of Private Colleges and Schools, 2005 – 2018
  • Doctoral Program Task Force, Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, June 2003
  • Recognition Task Force, Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, 2002 – 2003

Roger's Speaking Engagements

  • “Campus Cybersecurity and Data Privacy,” Career Schools Private Education Network, Nashville, Tenn. (Aug. 2022)
  • "Title IX – What You Need to Know,” Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, Orlando, Fla. (Aug. 2022)
  • “Negotiated Rulemaking Update,” Mid-Atlantic Association of Career Schools, Pittsburgh, Pa. (July 2022)
  • “FTC’s Initiative on Institutional Market Practices – What You Need to Know,” Career Education Colleges and Universities, Las Vegas, Nev. (June 2022)
  • “Accreditation Perspectives,” Panel Discussion, California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools, Sacramento, Calif. (April 2022)
  • “Cybersecurity and Data Privacy – The Path Forward,” Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, New Orleans, La. (March 2022)
  • “Title IX Framework: What You Need to Know,” Distance Education Accrediting Commission, Denver, Colo. (October 2021)
  • “Accreditor Perspectives: Where Are We Going?” Panel Discussion, California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools, La Jolla, Calif. (October 2021)
  • “Current Legal Issues – Where We Are and Where We Are Headed,” Career Schools Private Education Network, Chicago, Ill. (August 2021)
  • “Cybersecurity and Data Protection Issues,” Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, Aventura, Fla. (August 2021)
  • “Current Legal Issues – Where We Are and Where We Are Headed,” Mid-Atlantic Association of Career Schools, Lancaster, Pa. (July 2021)
  • “Current Legal Issues – Where We Are and Where We Are Headed,” Career Education Colleges and Universities Annual Conference, Grapevine, Tex. (June 2021)
  • “Institutional HEERF Grant Usage and Reporting,” Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators, Webinar (October 2020)
  • “General Legal Updates for Career Schools,” Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators Annual Conference, Nemacolin, Pa. (August 2020)
  • “Key Regulatory Changes Effective July 1,” Career Schools Private Education Network, Webinar (June 2020)
  • “Federal Regulatory Update and Review,” California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools Annual Conference, Long Beach, Ca. (October 2019)
  • “Arbitration and Class Action Waivers: What’s All the Fuss About,” Career Schools Private Education Network Annual Conference, Chicago, Ill. (August 2019)
  • “The Future of Accreditation (and Why Your Institution Should Care),” Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nev. (June 2012)
  • “Regulatory and Compliance Update,” Louisiana Association of Private Schools and Colleges Executive Committee, New Orleans, La. (January 2012)
  • Oral Testimony, Public Hearings on Proposed Gainful Employment Regulations, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. (November 2010)
  • “Financial Stability – What Can Regulators Do When the Numbers Don’t Add Up?” National Association of State Administrators and Supervisors of Private Schools, Charleston, S.C. (April 2009)
  • “Update on Accreditation Issues,” Career College Association Spring Senior Executive Management Seminar, Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island (March 2007)
  • “Entering the Ether: State and Accreditation Expectations for Online Education,” Career College Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nev. (June 2006)
  • “Herding Cats – The Regulation of Marketing and Delivery of Online Programs,” Career College Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nev. (June 2005)
  • “Common Title IV Compliance Issues,” Region VII Private Career Colleges and Schools Conference, Kansas City, Mo. (January 2005)
  • “Incentive Compensation and Other Title IV Issues,” Coalition of New York State Career Schools Annual Conference, Uncasville, Conn. (November 2004)
  • “The Changing Climate of Today’s School Market,” Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training Annual Conference, New Orleans, La. (October 2004)
  • “Creating a Culture of Compliance,” Florida Association of Private Colleges and Schools Annual Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (July 2004)
  • “Common Title IV Compliance Issues,” Region V Private Career Colleges and Schools Conference, Bloomingdale, Ill. (June 2004)
  • Panel Discussion Regarding Issues Facing Corporations that Operate Across State Lines and in Multiple Jurisdictions, National Association of State Administrators and Supervisors of Private Schools (NASASPS), Orlando, Fla. (April 2004)
  • “Common Title IV Compliance Issues,” Regions II/III Private Career Colleges and Schools Conference, Philadelphia, Pa. (April 2004)
  • “Common Title IV Compliance Issues,” Region VII Private Career Colleges and Schools Conference, Kansas City, Mo. (January 2004)
  • “The Changing Face of Accreditation,” The 2003 Education Industry Finance & Investment Summit, Washington, D.C. (December 2003)
  • “Accreditation and Compliance: An Overview,” Coalition of New York State Career Schools Annual Conference, West Point, N.Y. (November 2003)
  • “Becoming a Title IV School,” California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools Annual Conference, San Diego, Ca. (November 2003)
  • “Creating a Culture of Compliance,” California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools Annual Conference, San Diego, Ca. (November 2003)
  • “How to Make Accreditation Decisions without Landing in Court,” Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors, Scottsdale, Ariz. (September 2003)
  • “Becoming a Title IV School,” Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges Annual Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (July 2003)
  • “Becoming a Title IV School,” Washington Federal of Private Career Schools and Colleges Annual Conference, Tacoma, Wash. (June 2003)
  • “Creating a Culture of Compliance,” Washington Federation of Private Career Schools and Colleges Annual Conference, Tacoma, Wash. (June 2003)
  • “Common Title IV Compliance Issues,” Region V Private Career Colleges and Schools Conference, Bloomingdale, Ill. (May 2003)
  • “Becoming a Title IV School,” Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges Winter Mini-Conference, Orlando, Fla. (January 2003)
  • “Surveying the Accreditation Landscape,” Coalition of New York State Career Schools Annual Conference, West Point, N.Y. (November 2002)
  • “Creating a Culture of Compliance,” Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training Annual Conference, Los Angeles, Ca. (October 2002)
  • “Creating a Culture of Compliance,” Career Colleges and Schools of Texas Annual Conference, El Paso, Tex. (October 2002)
  • Commencement Address, University of Advancing Computer Technology, Tempe, Ariz. (April 2002)

Admissions

State Bar: Virginia (Associate Status), Washington, D.C.

Education
  • George Washington University
    • (J.D.)
  • George Washington University
    • (M.B.A.)
  • Dickinson College
    • (B.A.)

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

U.S. Department of Education Proposes New Regulations on Borrower Defense to Repayment and Other Loan Provisions

On July 13, 2022, the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) in the Federal Register announcing proposed regulations regarding federal student loans. This publication followed an earlier release of an unofficial draft of the NPRM, along with a press release from ED and a...

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Client Alert: FTC Amends GLBA Safeguards Rule

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) considers institutions of higher education (“IHE”) participating in federal financial aid programs authorized under the Higher Education Act, as amended, to be covered financial institutions under the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act. The FTC’s oversight activities are carried out in accordance with the Safeguards Rule (“Rule”). 1...

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

U.S. Department of Education Announces New HEERF and SNAP Guidance

The U.S. Department of Education (“Department”) announced new guidance to assist institutions of higher education with the use of their Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”) grants. These HEERF funds were authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) in April 2020 (“HEERF I”); the Coronavirus...

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