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U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY) Recognized by America’s Independent Colleges and Universities

U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY) Recognized by America’s ...

October 18, 2019

 
  NAICU President Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., left, presents a framed print of a CICC Member Spotlight to Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY)
U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY) was recognized Thursday for her leadership and support of independent colleges and universities by Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, with the presentation of a framed replica of her Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus (CICC) Member Spotlight.
 
“Rep. Stefanik understands the important role independent colleges and universities play in meeting the unique needs of students in a diverse higher education sector,” Mistick said. “Through her membership in the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus, Rep. Stefanik has demonstrated a commitment to ensuring students and families from all economic levels have access to the financial aid necessary to make choice possible for students to achieve their dreams of a college degree.”
 
Rep. Stefanik has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2015. She currently serves on the House Committee on Education and Labor, Committee on Armed Services, and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. 
 
“As a proud graduate of an independent college, the CICC caucus allows me to be a leading voice in Congress on the issues impacting independent colleges and universities,” Rep. Stefanik said. “I continue to see the impact independent colleges make on the lives of students, and in the communities across my district and throughout the nation. A strength of our higher education system is the variety that exists across the sector, in which independent colleges have an important place in providing students with distinct learning opportunities to foster their individual growth and development.”
 
Her district covers New York’s Adirondack Region and includes five independent colleges and universities: Clarkson University, CVPH Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology, Paul Smith's College, St. Lawrence University, and Word of Light Bible Institute.
 
Clarkson University President Anthony G. Collins., Ph.D., praised Rep. Stefanik for her work on higher education and environmental issues.
 
"Congresswoman Stefanik is a bi-partisan leader for clean energy, environmental research and public policies that advance sustainable economic development as well as ensure sound protections for our most precious natural resources,” Collins said.  “As a national research university and proven leader in technological education committed to sustainable solutions through teaching, scholarship, research and innovation, Clarkson is grateful for her partnership with the University, the North Country district she serves and the nation that needs world-relevant responses to the complex issues we face. "
 
New York is home to over 200 independent higher education institutions enrolling more than 460,000 students.  In 2018-19, students at all New York colleges and universities received 466,497 Pell Grants Awards totaling $1,996,550,023. 
 
Paul Smith’s College President Cathy S. Dove, Ph.D. cited Rep. Stefanik’s enduring support for federal student aid.

"We are grateful to Congresswoman Stefanik’s ongoing support for higher education,” Dove said.  “Her unwavering advocacy for programs such as Pell and veterans programs ensures that many worthy students have access to a great education at schools such as Paul Smith’s College.  Her passionate leadership in addressing significant economic and environmental issues is also highly valued by our entire region."
 
St. Lawrence University President William L. Fox, Ph.D. credited Rep. Stefanik with recognizing how higher education empowers students.
 
“Congresswoman Stefanik understands the transformational power of higher education and has been a leader and strong supporter of issues such as access and affordability that are important to colleges and universities in the North Country,” Fox said.
 
Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities President Mary Beth Labate praised Rep. Stefanik’s commitment to New York’s independent colleges and universities.
 
“On behalf of New York’s 100+ private, not-for-profit colleges and universities, we are grateful for Congresswoman Stefanik’s steadfast commitment to New York’s private, not-for-profit colleges and universities and the students we serve,” Labate said.  “Her push to make Pell Grants available year round and to increase the size of the award has enabled many students to pursue their college dreams. We applaud her for recognizing and supporting the tremendous contributions that private colleges in her district make to the local economies, the workforce and to New York’s growing reputation as an innovation hub.”

 
 
  NAICU President Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., left, presents a framed print of a CICC Member Spotlight to Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY)
U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY) was recognized Thursday for her leadership and support of independent colleges and universities by Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, with the presentation of a framed replica of her Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus (CICC) Member Spotlight.
 
“Rep. Stefanik understands the important role independent colleges and universities play in meeting the unique needs of students in a diverse higher education sector,” Mistick said. “Through her membership in the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus, Rep. Stefanik has demonstrated a commitment to ensuring students and families from all economic levels have access to the financial aid necessary to make choice possible for students to achieve their dreams of a college degree.”
 
Rep. Stefanik has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2015. She currently serves on the House Committee on Education and Labor, Committee on Armed Services, and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. 
 
“As a proud graduate of an independent college, the CICC caucus allows me to be a leading voice in Congress on the issues impacting independent colleges and universities,” Rep. Stefanik said. “I continue to see the impact independent colleges make on the lives of students, and in the communities across my district and throughout the nation. A strength of our higher education system is the variety that exists across the sector, in which independent colleges have an important place in providing students with distinct learning opportunities to foster their individual growth and development.”
 
Her district covers New York’s Adirondack Region and includes five independent colleges and universities: Clarkson University, CVPH Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology, Paul Smith's College, St. Lawrence University, and Word of Light Bible Institute.
 
Clarkson University President Anthony G. Collins., Ph.D., praised Rep. Stefanik for her work on higher education and environmental issues.
 
"Congresswoman Stefanik is a bi-partisan leader for clean energy, environmental research and public policies that advance sustainable economic development as well as ensure sound protections for our most precious natural resources,” Collins said.  “As a national research university and proven leader in technological education committed to sustainable solutions through teaching, scholarship, research and innovation, Clarkson is grateful for her partnership with the University, the North Country district she serves and the nation that needs world-relevant responses to the complex issues we face. "
 
New York is home to over 200 independent higher education institutions enrolling more than 460,000 students.  In 2018-19, students at all New York colleges and universities received 466,497 Pell Grants Awards totaling $1,996,550,023. 
 
Paul Smith’s College President Cathy S. Dove, Ph.D. cited Rep. Stefanik’s enduring support for federal student aid.

"We are grateful to Congresswoman Stefanik’s ongoing support for higher education,” Dove said.  “Her unwavering advocacy for programs such as Pell and veterans programs ensures that many worthy students have access to a great education at schools such as Paul Smith’s College.  Her passionate leadership in addressing significant economic and environmental issues is also highly valued by our entire region."
 
St. Lawrence University President William L. Fox, Ph.D. credited Rep. Stefanik with recognizing how higher education empowers students.
 
“Congresswoman Stefanik understands the transformational power of higher education and has been a leader and strong supporter of issues such as access and affordability that are important to colleges and universities in the North Country,” Fox said.
 
Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities President Mary Beth Labate praised Rep. Stefanik’s commitment to New York’s independent colleges and universities.
 
“On behalf of New York’s 100+ private, not-for-profit colleges and universities, we are grateful for Congresswoman Stefanik’s steadfast commitment to New York’s private, not-for-profit colleges and universities and the students we serve,” Labate said.  “Her push to make Pell Grants available year round and to increase the size of the award has enabled many students to pursue their college dreams. We applaud her for recognizing and supporting the tremendous contributions that private colleges in her district make to the local economies, the workforce and to New York’s growing reputation as an innovation hub.”

 

October 18, 2019

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NAICU Statement on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Proposal on Student Debt and Free Public College

NAICU Statement on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Proposal on Student Debt...

April 22, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today announced a proposal to cancel most existing student loan debt and make tuition and fees at two- and four-year public colleges free.  To pay for the plan, estimated to cost $1.25 trillion over 10 years, Sen. Warren proposed a 2 percent annual tax on the 75,000 families in the U.S. who have at least $50 million in net worth. NAICU President David L. Warren, Ph.D. released the following statement regarding Sen. Warren’s plan: 

“Of course I would have deep concerns for its effect on private colleges—but it could also hurt public colleges.  In New England, for example, those institutions rely on out of state students. These out of state students would instead be encouraged to stay in their home state and go for free. But I also worry for low-income families because this directs enormous federal resources that could be put into need-based student aid into a specific set of colleges potentially limiting a low-income student’s choice of college. I think we should direct as much federal aid as possible to students who need it. Then those students could afford to go to the college where they decide they fit in best, whether that is a community college, a small private or a large public.”
 
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today announced a proposal to cancel most existing student loan debt and make tuition and fees at two- and four-year public colleges free.  To pay for the plan, estimated to cost $1.25 trillion over 10 years, Sen. Warren proposed a 2 percent annual tax on the 75,000 families in the U.S. who have at least $50 million in net worth. NAICU President David L. Warren, Ph.D. released the following statement regarding Sen. Warren’s plan: 

“Of course I would have deep concerns for its effect on private colleges—but it could also hurt public colleges.  In New England, for example, those institutions rely on out of state students. These out of state students would instead be encouraged to stay in their home state and go for free. But I also worry for low-income families because this directs enormous federal resources that could be put into need-based student aid into a specific set of colleges potentially limiting a low-income student’s choice of college. I think we should direct as much federal aid as possible to students who need it. Then those students could afford to go to the college where they decide they fit in best, whether that is a community college, a small private or a large public.”
 

April 22, 2019

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AICUP Honors David L. Warren, Ph.D. for Distinguished Achievement

AICUP Honors David L. Warren, Ph.D. for Distinguished Achievement

April 11, 2019

  Warren, Mistick and Foley
  David L. Warren, Ph.D. (left), accepted the Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement from AICUP Board Chair Barbara Mistick, D.M., and President Thomas Foley, J.D.
The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania’s (AICUPs) presented NAICU President David L. Warren, Ph.D. with its Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement during the state association's 59th Annual Meeting at the Harrisburg Hilton & Towers, April 1, 2019.

“David Warren is one of the premier higher education analysts in the world," said Thomas Foley, J.D., president of AICUP.  "During his 25-year career as head of one of the largest education consortiums in the country, he has helped move the bar on affordability, transparency and access for hundreds of thousands of students literally from sea to shining sea.” 

Warren was selected to receive the award for his work representing private higher education both within Pennsylvania as well as on a national level. He has announced his retirement this summer after nearly 26 years as NAICU president.

Presenting the award to Warren were AICUP President Foley and Wilson College President and AICUP Board Chair Barbara Mistick, D.M.  Mistick has been appointed as the next president of NAICU effective September 1, 2019.
  Warren, Mistick and Foley
  David L. Warren, Ph.D. (left), accepted the Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement from AICUP Board Chair Barbara Mistick, D.M., and President Thomas Foley, J.D.
The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania’s (AICUPs) presented NAICU President David L. Warren, Ph.D. with its Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement during the state association's 59th Annual Meeting at the Harrisburg Hilton & Towers, April 1, 2019.

“David Warren is one of the premier higher education analysts in the world," said Thomas Foley, J.D., president of AICUP.  "During his 25-year career as head of one of the largest education consortiums in the country, he has helped move the bar on affordability, transparency and access for hundreds of thousands of students literally from sea to shining sea.” 

Warren was selected to receive the award for his work representing private higher education both within Pennsylvania as well as on a national level. He has announced his retirement this summer after nearly 26 years as NAICU president.

Presenting the award to Warren were AICUP President Foley and Wilson College President and AICUP Board Chair Barbara Mistick, D.M.  Mistick has been appointed as the next president of NAICU effective September 1, 2019.

April 11, 2019

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Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., Appointed President of NAICU

Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., Appointed President of NAICU

April 01, 2019

The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities’ (NAICU) Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., as the fourth president of the Association.  Mistick, president of Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA, will begin her tenure at NAICU on September 1, 2019, replacing David L. Warren, Ph.D, who is retiring after serving nearly 26 years as head of the Association.

“Barbara brings a deep understanding of private, nonprofit higher education, experience working with state and national elected officials, and a history of leading nonprofit organizations to the NAICU presidency,” said Jo Allen, Ph.D., president of Meredith College (NC), chair of the NAICU Board of Directors, and co-chair of the presidential search committee.  “She also brings a perspective familiar to so many of our students today: she was the first in her family to earn a college degree and finished her undergraduate degree after spending several years in the workforce.” 

Mistick (link to full bio) became Wilson College’s 19th President in 2011.  She is the architect of the Wilson Today plan, which, under her vision and leadership, refocused the College’s growth strategy. Wilson Today is a 5-point plan structured to double enrollment by reducing tuition and creating a first-of-its-kind student debt buyback plan, adding academic programs in health care and other areas of demand, addressing infrastructure and future facilities needs, improving the marketing of the College, and opening all degree programs to coeducation. During her tenure, Wilson has experienced record enrollment growth, nearing 1,500 students in fall 2018.

“During my time at Wilson College, I have come to believe that the success of independent higher education today is tied to our ability to serve our world through partnerships and coalitions committed to preserving access and choice for all our students and their families,” said Mistick.  “Education is the American dream.  Access to that dream for all who seek it is critical.  When we make students advocates for affordability and lift up their success we strengthen the educational opportunity for every student.”

Value and affordability, as well as the overall student experience, have been the cornerstones of Mistick’s tenure at Wilson. She has overseen a transformation of Wilson’s 300-acre campus, part of an extensive campus enhancement plan. Other achievements include the addition of several degree programs in health sciences and animal studies and new graduate programs in accountancy, education, fine arts, nursing and healthcare management. Additionally, the college now honors 10 formal dual enrollment agreements with area high schools, making it easier for 11th and 12th grade students to enroll and earn college credit.

Prior to her appointment at Wilson, Mistick was president of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, where she provided strategic leadership and operational oversight of a library system that serves approximately 1.2 million people and includes 19 neighborhood library locations.

Over the course of her 30-year career in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, Mistick has been an entrepreneur, educator and leader at institutions such as the H.J. Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University (PA) and the National Education Center for Women in Business at Seton Hill University (PA), and at various businesses she managed and/or founded.

Mistick is also the board chair of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania (AICUP) and a member of the executive committee of the Board of Directors of the Council of Independent Colleges.

“Barbara has been an effective voice for Pennsylvania’s independent colleges and universities in Harrisburg and around the state, and is excellent at telling the success stories of Wilson’s students, programs, and community contributions,” said Tom Foley, AICUP president.  “I am confident she will bring the same focus, strategic thinking, and energy to Washington that she showed here in Pennsylvania.”

“Throughout her career, Barbara has sought to create impact and make a difference by finding bold new comprehensive and integrated approaches to building communities to support change and educational access,” said Allen. “This blend of experience, coalition-building, and innovative thinking is just the right mix to lead NAICU at this time.”

Mistick’s book, Stretch: How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace, was designated as an Amazon Editor’s Pick and ranked #12 on the 800-CEO-READ’s Best Seller list.  She holds a Doctor of Management from Case Western Reserve University (OH), an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh (PA), and a Bachelor of Science from Carlow University (PA). 
 
The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities’ (NAICU) Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., as the fourth president of the Association.  Mistick, president of Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA, will begin her tenure at NAICU on September 1, 2019, replacing David L. Warren, Ph.D, who is retiring after serving nearly 26 years as head of the Association.

“Barbara brings a deep understanding of private, nonprofit higher education, experience working with state and national elected officials, and a history of leading nonprofit organizations to the NAICU presidency,” said Jo Allen, Ph.D., president of Meredith College (NC), chair of the NAICU Board of Directors, and co-chair of the presidential search committee.  “She also brings a perspective familiar to so many of our students today: she was the first in her family to earn a college degree and finished her undergraduate degree after spending several years in the workforce.” 

Mistick (link to full bio) became Wilson College’s 19th President in 2011.  She is the architect of the Wilson Today plan, which, under her vision and leadership, refocused the College’s growth strategy. Wilson Today is a 5-point plan structured to double enrollment by reducing tuition and creating a first-of-its-kind student debt buyback plan, adding academic programs in health care and other areas of demand, addressing infrastructure and future facilities needs, improving the marketing of the College, and opening all degree programs to coeducation. During her tenure, Wilson has experienced record enrollment growth, nearing 1,500 students in fall 2018.

“During my time at Wilson College, I have come to believe that the success of independent higher education today is tied to our ability to serve our world through partnerships and coalitions committed to preserving access and choice for all our students and their families,” said Mistick.  “Education is the American dream.  Access to that dream for all who seek it is critical.  When we make students advocates for affordability and lift up their success we strengthen the educational opportunity for every student.”

Value and affordability, as well as the overall student experience, have been the cornerstones of Mistick’s tenure at Wilson. She has overseen a transformation of Wilson’s 300-acre campus, part of an extensive campus enhancement plan. Other achievements include the addition of several degree programs in health sciences and animal studies and new graduate programs in accountancy, education, fine arts, nursing and healthcare management. Additionally, the college now honors 10 formal dual enrollment agreements with area high schools, making it easier for 11th and 12th grade students to enroll and earn college credit.

Prior to her appointment at Wilson, Mistick was president of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, where she provided strategic leadership and operational oversight of a library system that serves approximately 1.2 million people and includes 19 neighborhood library locations.

Over the course of her 30-year career in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, Mistick has been an entrepreneur, educator and leader at institutions such as the H.J. Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University (PA) and the National Education Center for Women in Business at Seton Hill University (PA), and at various businesses she managed and/or founded.

Mistick is also the board chair of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania (AICUP) and a member of the executive committee of the Board of Directors of the Council of Independent Colleges.

“Barbara has been an effective voice for Pennsylvania’s independent colleges and universities in Harrisburg and around the state, and is excellent at telling the success stories of Wilson’s students, programs, and community contributions,” said Tom Foley, AICUP president.  “I am confident she will bring the same focus, strategic thinking, and energy to Washington that she showed here in Pennsylvania.”

“Throughout her career, Barbara has sought to create impact and make a difference by finding bold new comprehensive and integrated approaches to building communities to support change and educational access,” said Allen. “This blend of experience, coalition-building, and innovative thinking is just the right mix to lead NAICU at this time.”

Mistick’s book, Stretch: How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace, was designated as an Amazon Editor’s Pick and ranked #12 on the 800-CEO-READ’s Best Seller list.  She holds a Doctor of Management from Case Western Reserve University (OH), an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh (PA), and a Bachelor of Science from Carlow University (PA). 
 

April 01, 2019

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Former Congressmen Capuano and Goodlatte Receive 2019 Award for Advocacy for Independent Higher Ed

Former Congressmen Capuano and Goodlatte Receive 2019 Award for Adv...

February 06, 2019

 
  NAICU President David L. Warren, Ph.D., (left) presents 2019 Advocacy Award  to former Reps. Robert K. Goodlatte (R-VA) and Michael E. Capuano (D-MA) (center) with University of Lynchburg (VA) President Kenneth R. Garren, Ph.D. and AICUM President Richard J. Doherty (left).
WASHINGTON, DC -- The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) has presented former Congressmen Michael E. Capuano (D-MA) and Robert W. Goodlatte (R-VA), founding co-chairs of the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus, with the Association’s 2019 Award for Advocacy for Independent Higher Education.

The NAICU Advocacy Award was established to recognize individuals outside of academe who have championed the cause of independent higher education. Whether in government, business, or philanthropy, the winner of this award has provided leadership, established resources, or enacted policy at the state or national level that recognized the role of independent colleges and universities in serving public purposes.

“Mike Capuano and Bob Goodlatte have long understood the important role private, nonprofit colleges and universities play in preparing students for a lifetime of success,”  NAICU President David L. Warren, Ph.D.  “Their support as members of the House of Representatives to increase federal student aid spending to help students and families has been immeasurable.  Leading the effort to establish the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus has gone a long way to help educate Members of Congress about the challenges and opportunities facing private colleges.”

Launched in February 2017, the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus offers Members of Congress an opportunity to both celebrate and advance the diversity of the nation’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities, and learn about the challenges and issues these institutions face. The Caucus serves as an informal group of members dedicated to addressing the issues related to private, nonprofit colleges and the students they serve, while educating other members on the issues facing independent colleges and universities. Establishing the Congressional Caucus fulfilled a longtime NAICU organizational goal.

Representatives Goodlatte and Capuano first joined forces in higher education policy to express bipartisan concern about a proposal from the Obama Administration to rate each college in the nation with a letter grade indicating their performance based upon a set of federally prescribed metrics. From those initial conversations, they discovered Goodlatte’s rural Virginia district and Capuano’s urban Massachusetts district had a common asset—a disproportionately high number of colleges whose contributions to the educational, cultural and economic life of their local communities were absolutely essential. Their efforts contributed to a marked change of course by the Department of Education and students were spared the confusion of a letter grade rating for colleges and universities.

Capuano retired from Congress in December 2018, after serving ten terms as a member of Congress representing Massachusetts’ Seventh Congressional District, which includes most of Boston. He was a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Committee on Financial Services. Prior to serving in Congress, Capuano was the Mayor of Somerville, MA (January 1990–99). He earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College (NH) and a law degree from Boston College Law School. Capuano’s humor and down to earth demeanor helped earn him a distinguished reputation as a commonsense policymaker who has the ability to work across party lines to accomplish his goals.

Massachusetts’ Seventh Congressional District is home to 21 private, nonprofit colleges and universities, enrolling nearly 68,000 undergraduate students and more than 50,000 graduate students, and employing 37,500 people. Statewide, there are 76 four-year private, nonprofit colleges and universities enrolling 283,000 students and employing 110,000 faculty and staff. Massachusetts is the only state in the country that educates more students at private independent colleges than at public colleges.

Goodlatte retired from Congress in December 2018, after serving 13 terms as a member of the House of Representatives from Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District, which includes Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, and Staunton. He served as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee from 2013–2018, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee from 2003–2007, and served on the House Education Committee for a number of years. Goodlatte is a graduate of Bates College (ME) and the Washington and Lee University School of Law (VA). Despite high turnover rates on Capitol Hill, Goodlatte’s office was well known for its deep comradery among staff, a reflection on his own personal leadership strengths. His reputation as a thoughtful policymaker paved the way for many working, bipartisan relationships, in addition to various positions of leadership within the Republican caucus.

Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District is the home to 12 private, nonprofit colleges and universities, enrolling more than 50,000 undergraduate students, and directly employing nearly 11,500 people. Statewide, there are 28 private colleges enrolling 130,000 students and employing 32,500 people.
 
 
  NAICU President David L. Warren, Ph.D., (left) presents 2019 Advocacy Award  to former Reps. Robert K. Goodlatte (R-VA) and Michael E. Capuano (D-MA) (center) with University of Lynchburg (VA) President Kenneth R. Garren, Ph.D. and AICUM President Richard J. Doherty (left).
WASHINGTON, DC -- The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) has presented former Congressmen Michael E. Capuano (D-MA) and Robert W. Goodlatte (R-VA), founding co-chairs of the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus, with the Association’s 2019 Award for Advocacy for Independent Higher Education.

The NAICU Advocacy Award was established to recognize individuals outside of academe who have championed the cause of independent higher education. Whether in government, business, or philanthropy, the winner of this award has provided leadership, established resources, or enacted policy at the state or national level that recognized the role of independent colleges and universities in serving public purposes.

“Mike Capuano and Bob Goodlatte have long understood the important role private, nonprofit colleges and universities play in preparing students for a lifetime of success,”  NAICU President David L. Warren, Ph.D.  “Their support as members of the House of Representatives to increase federal student aid spending to help students and families has been immeasurable.  Leading the effort to establish the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus has gone a long way to help educate Members of Congress about the challenges and opportunities facing private colleges.”

Launched in February 2017, the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus offers Members of Congress an opportunity to both celebrate and advance the diversity of the nation’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities, and learn about the challenges and issues these institutions face. The Caucus serves as an informal group of members dedicated to addressing the issues related to private, nonprofit colleges and the students they serve, while educating other members on the issues facing independent colleges and universities. Establishing the Congressional Caucus fulfilled a longtime NAICU organizational goal.

Representatives Goodlatte and Capuano first joined forces in higher education policy to express bipartisan concern about a proposal from the Obama Administration to rate each college in the nation with a letter grade indicating their performance based upon a set of federally prescribed metrics. From those initial conversations, they discovered Goodlatte’s rural Virginia district and Capuano’s urban Massachusetts district had a common asset—a disproportionately high number of colleges whose contributions to the educational, cultural and economic life of their local communities were absolutely essential. Their efforts contributed to a marked change of course by the Department of Education and students were spared the confusion of a letter grade rating for colleges and universities.

Capuano retired from Congress in December 2018, after serving ten terms as a member of Congress representing Massachusetts’ Seventh Congressional District, which includes most of Boston. He was a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Committee on Financial Services. Prior to serving in Congress, Capuano was the Mayor of Somerville, MA (January 1990–99). He earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College (NH) and a law degree from Boston College Law School. Capuano’s humor and down to earth demeanor helped earn him a distinguished reputation as a commonsense policymaker who has the ability to work across party lines to accomplish his goals.

Massachusetts’ Seventh Congressional District is home to 21 private, nonprofit colleges and universities, enrolling nearly 68,000 undergraduate students and more than 50,000 graduate students, and employing 37,500 people. Statewide, there are 76 four-year private, nonprofit colleges and universities enrolling 283,000 students and employing 110,000 faculty and staff. Massachusetts is the only state in the country that educates more students at private independent colleges than at public colleges.

Goodlatte retired from Congress in December 2018, after serving 13 terms as a member of the House of Representatives from Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District, which includes Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, and Staunton. He served as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee from 2013–2018, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee from 2003–2007, and served on the House Education Committee for a number of years. Goodlatte is a graduate of Bates College (ME) and the Washington and Lee University School of Law (VA). Despite high turnover rates on Capitol Hill, Goodlatte’s office was well known for its deep comradery among staff, a reflection on his own personal leadership strengths. His reputation as a thoughtful policymaker paved the way for many working, bipartisan relationships, in addition to various positions of leadership within the Republican caucus.

Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District is the home to 12 private, nonprofit colleges and universities, enrolling more than 50,000 undergraduate students, and directly employing nearly 11,500 people. Statewide, there are 28 private colleges enrolling 130,000 students and employing 32,500 people.
 

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