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Congressional Action Marks the End of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance

NAICU Washington Update

October 6, 2015

Congress did not include funding for the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance in the recently passed Continuing Resolution that kept the government from closing. However, they did extend authorization for the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity which advises the Secretary on accreditation.Read More


Even with Widespread Support, Congress Fails to Reauthorize Perkins Loan Program

NAICU Washington Update

October 6, 2015

Despite bi-partisan support, Congress failed to reauthorize the Perkins Loan program beyond its October 1, 2015 sunset date. Leveraging Senate procedural rules, HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) effectively blocked legislation.Read More


It's Not a Game: Future Secretaries Must Respect Higher Education's Complexity

Chronicle of Higher Education - Presidential Opinion

October 6, 2015

Patricia McGuire, president of Trinity Washington University, writes: The question is whether a new administration will continue Duncan’s style of broad criticism and onerous regulation of all higher education because of deficiencies in cases at individual institutions, or whether new leadership will establish a more nuanced approach to achieve mutually satisfying solutions to the challenges we share. We can hope for the latter, but so much depends on the experience and leadership characteristics of the secretary.Read More


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Wider-Ranging Rankings

Inside Higher Ed

April 29, 2015

The world may or may not need another college rankings system; on that question, commentators and pundits are divided. The creators of a new entry acknowledge the limitations of the genre, but argue that their version -- imperfect as it may be -- improves on the competition by analyzing thousands of colleges of all types (instead of hundreds of mostly selective ones) and assessing them based on how much the institutions themselves contribute to the economic success of their graduates.

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The Problem with President Obama’s College Ratings

Austin, Texas, Statesman - Presidential Opinion

April 22, 2015

Larry L. Earvin, President, Hutson-Tillotson University; Haywood L. Strickland, President Wiley College; Dwight Fennell, President, Texas College; & Lester Newman, President, Jarvis Christian College write: We are concerned that the potential our institutions offer could be undermined by a rating system that the U.S. Department of Education wants to impose on the nation’s colleges and universities: scores based on graduation rates, loan repayment, salaries and career outcomes. Such a system is likely to hurt, not help, our institutions and diminish higher education access for the students who flourish at colleges like ours. Low-income students, students who are the first in their families to attend college and students who need to make up for an inadequate high school education may not perform at the same level as their counterparts from higher-income families, depressing the ratings of colleges like ours whose core mission is to serve just such students. Misleading ratings could even discourage these students from considering HBCUs.

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What Stands to be Lost in Sales Tax Bill

Burlington, N.C., Times-News - Column

April 21, 2015

Leo Lambert, President, Elon University writes: What higher education doesn’t need: Another tax on students and their families. In its continuing efforts to overhaul the way North Carolina funds state government, the Senate has again set its sights on the state’s nonprofit community, with a specific target on hospitals and private colleges and universities. Senate Bill 700 would limit the sales tax exemption for larger nonprofits, requiring those organizations to pay sales tax on most of the goods and services they purchase.

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