JW Marriott Washington Hotel

1331 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004


Preliminary Program




Capitol Hill Visits


You need to look no further than the front page of the nation’s newspapers to see the need for vigilant representation in Washington DC.  Over the past several weeks, Congress has initiated a landmark overhaul of the federal tax code and begun the first comprehensive rewrite of the Higher Education Act in a decade. At the same time, the coming academic year’s funding of the federal student aid programs remains in flux.  

The partnership between NAICU and its member presidents helped defeat a number of harmful changes to the federal tax
code.  More work remains as Congress continues working on reauthorization and the annual spending measures.  Dramatic changes are being proposed to the student aid programs, including stringent new caps on graduate and parent loans, the elimination of Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and new financial obligations to the federal government for colleges for any student who drops out before finishing a term.  The importance of institutional autonomy also is a major concern, and one where Congress and the Administration need to hear first-hand from our colleges and their constituents. 

The 2018 Annual Meeting will focus heavily on the policy issues of the day.  At the same time, we have created a well-rounded agenda that will address many other national higher education issues important to your campuses and students. Throughout the meeting, we hope participants will make a concerted effort to reach every member of their Congressional delegation . 

Presidents of private, nonprofit colleges and universities  as well as their government relations, communications and institutional research professionals are cordially invited to attend the 2018 NAICU Annual Meeting, February 4-7, 2018 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC. You are also encouraged to participate in the 6th Annual Advocacy Day on February 6 through office visits on Capitol Hill and by attending the second annual Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus Reception

One year into the new administration, the higher education policy landscape remains fluid while public opinion  research indicates an erosion of confidence in higher education.  Please join us for these important conversations on issues that will have a lasting impact on the future of private, nonprofit higher education. 

(NAICU will contine to update the links above as speakers and sponsors are confirmed.  Please check back to this page for more details as the 2018 Annual Meeting approaches.)


NAICU thanks the following sponsors for their support of the 2018 Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day:

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