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National Initiative Aims to Set Record Voter Turnout at Colleges and Universities

National Initiative Aims to Set Record Voter Turnout at Colleges an...

May 23, 2008

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May 23, 2008

CONTACT: Tony Pals, tony@naicu.edu
office: (202) 739-0474 cell: (202) 288-9333

Libby May, libby@naicu.edu
office: (202) 739-0477 cell: (301) 529-7313

National Initiative Aims to Set Record Voter Turnout at Colleges and Universities

WASHINGTON, May 23 -- From the Iowa caucuses through Tuesday night's primaries in Oregon and Kentucky, the student vote has been an integral part of this primary season. To help ensure that students stay engaged through the general election, the National Campus Voter Registration Project has launched a nonpartisan, nationwide campaign to register college students, educate students about the issues and candidates, and motivate students to go to the polls on Election Day. The National Campus Voter Registration Project, is a joint effort of 50 national higher education associations that provides resources to the nation's 3,700 colleges and universities to aid campus efforts for the 2008 election.

Throughout the primaries, polls have shown record levels of engagement among the nation's youth, especially with college students, who have taken on active roles in the 2008 primary season. Research by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Education (CIRCLE) found that 79 percent of the youth voting, ages 18- 29, in the 2008 Super Tuesday primaries on February 5 had attended college. Never have the voter education and registration activities on America's campuses been more central and influential in a national election than they are shaping up to be in 2008.

The nonpartisan National Campus Voter Project has launched the Your Vote, Your Voice web site, www.YourVoteYourVoice.org. The site includes state-by-state details on voter registration, voter education and participation activities, and a wealth of timely and useful information. The campaign is targeted to provide information to campus organizers.

The project is co-chaired by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).

"In the last two presidential elections, students saw the difference that each individual vote can make," said NAICU President David L. Warren. "Civic awareness and voter engagement is on the rise on campuses across the country. If the momentum continues through the party conventions and into the fall, the student vote will not only hit a record high but it could determine our next president."

"Traditionally America's colleges and universities have been deeply committed to preparing our students for citizenship and now this commitment is being matched by the enthusiasm and importance today's college students bring to participating in the civic life of America," said AASCU President Constantine Curris.

"If our democracy is to be sustained and strengthened, we must continue to educate students about their rights and responsibilities as citizens and to foster their engagement in the electoral process," Curris said.

"Fostering civic engagement among college students and preparing them for lives of active civic leadership is a basic responsibility of the nation's colleges and universities," said CIC President Richard Ekman. "Research provides ample evidence that youth who attend college are more likely to vote; to work full-time for or contribute financially to nonprofits; and to be involved in community service and volunteer activities.

"This voter registration project further instills in our students a commitment to the democratic process - which ultimately contributes to the betterment of society," Ekman said.

The National Campus Voter Registration Project is partially funded by the American Academic Leadership Institute. A complete list of the participating 50 national higher education associations can be found at www.yourvoteyourvoice.org.

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NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education. Since 1976, the association has represented private colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation, and government regulation. With nearly 1,000 member institutions and associations, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States. NAICU members enroll 85 percent of all students attending private institutions. They include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, comprehensive universities, church-related institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, single-sex colleges, and two-year colleges.

AASCU is the leadership association of 430 public colleges and universities Delivering America's Promise through their common commitments to access, affordability and educational opportunity. Enrolling more than 3 million students annually throughout the U.S. and its territories, these institutions fulfill the expectations of a public university by working for the public good through education, stewardship and engagement, thereby improving the lives of people in their community, their region and their state.

CIC is an association of more than 580 independent liberal arts colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that work together to strengthen college and university leadership, sustain high-quality education, and enhance private higher education's contributions to society. To fulfill this mission, CIC provides its members with skills, tools, and knowledge that address aspects of leadership, financial management and performance, academic quality, and institutional visibility. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 23, 2008

CONTACT: Tony Pals, tony@naicu.edu
office: (202) 739-0474 cell: (202) 288-9333

Libby May, libby@naicu.edu
office: (202) 739-0477 cell: (301) 529-7313

National Initiative Aims to Set Record Voter Turnout at Colleges and Universities

WASHINGTON, May 23 -- From the Iowa caucuses through Tuesday night's primaries in Oregon and Kentucky, the student vote has been an integral part of this primary season. To help ensure that students stay engaged through the general election, the National Campus Voter Registration Project has launched a nonpartisan, nationwide campaign to register college students, educate students about the issues and candidates, and motivate students to go to the polls on Election Day. The National Campus Voter Registration Project, is a joint effort of 50 national higher education associations that provides resources to the nation's 3,700 colleges and universities to aid campus efforts for the 2008 election.

Throughout the primaries, polls have shown record levels of engagement among the nation's youth, especially with college students, who have taken on active roles in the 2008 primary season. Research by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Education (CIRCLE) found that 79 percent of the youth voting, ages 18- 29, in the 2008 Super Tuesday primaries on February 5 had attended college. Never have the voter education and registration activities on America's campuses been more central and influential in a national election than they are shaping up to be in 2008.

The nonpartisan National Campus Voter Project has launched the Your Vote, Your Voice web site, www.YourVoteYourVoice.org. The site includes state-by-state details on voter registration, voter education and participation activities, and a wealth of timely and useful information. The campaign is targeted to provide information to campus organizers.

The project is co-chaired by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).

"In the last two presidential elections, students saw the difference that each individual vote can make," said NAICU President David L. Warren. "Civic awareness and voter engagement is on the rise on campuses across the country. If the momentum continues through the party conventions and into the fall, the student vote will not only hit a record high but it could determine our next president."

"Traditionally America's colleges and universities have been deeply committed to preparing our students for citizenship and now this commitment is being matched by the enthusiasm and importance today's college students bring to participating in the civic life of America," said AASCU President Constantine Curris.

"If our democracy is to be sustained and strengthened, we must continue to educate students about their rights and responsibilities as citizens and to foster their engagement in the electoral process," Curris said.

"Fostering civic engagement among college students and preparing them for lives of active civic leadership is a basic responsibility of the nation's colleges and universities," said CIC President Richard Ekman. "Research provides ample evidence that youth who attend college are more likely to vote; to work full-time for or contribute financially to nonprofits; and to be involved in community service and volunteer activities.

"This voter registration project further instills in our students a commitment to the democratic process - which ultimately contributes to the betterment of society," Ekman said.

The National Campus Voter Registration Project is partially funded by the American Academic Leadership Institute. A complete list of the participating 50 national higher education associations can be found at www.yourvoteyourvoice.org.

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NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education. Since 1976, the association has represented private colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation, and government regulation. With nearly 1,000 member institutions and associations, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States. NAICU members enroll 85 percent of all students attending private institutions. They include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, comprehensive universities, church-related institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, single-sex colleges, and two-year colleges.

AASCU is the leadership association of 430 public colleges and universities Delivering America's Promise through their common commitments to access, affordability and educational opportunity. Enrolling more than 3 million students annually throughout the U.S. and its territories, these institutions fulfill the expectations of a public university by working for the public good through education, stewardship and engagement, thereby improving the lives of people in their community, their region and their state.

CIC is an association of more than 580 independent liberal arts colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that work together to strengthen college and university leadership, sustain high-quality education, and enhance private higher education's contributions to society. To fulfill this mission, CIC provides its members with skills, tools, and knowledge that address aspects of leadership, financial management and performance, academic quality, and institutional visibility. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.


May 23, 2008

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NAICU Survey Gives Early Snapshot of the Impact of the Credit Crunch

NAICU Survey Gives Early Snapshot of the Impact of the Credit Crunch

March 25, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 25—A significant number of private colleges and universities report reductions in student loan availability and borrower benefits, according to the results of a survey conducted by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and released today.

"While the comments offered by survey respondents indicate that there is little evidence of the credit crunch limiting access to student loans at the specific time of the survey, the data collected serves as a warning flare," said NAICU President David L. Warren.

"There is widespread uncertainty about what the full extent of the credit crunch and its impact on student borrowers will be, and what safeguards the federal government will have in place to avert a crisis," Warren said. "Institutions are looking for national guidance."

Private Label Loans 

Of NAICU’s 952 members, 315 institutions—or 33 percent—responded to the survey. Of the 176 responding institutions that reported receiving information from "preferred" lenders about their ability to make non-federal private label loans for the 2008-09 academic year:

  • 46 percent said that one or more of their lenders are tightening credit requirements for private label loans;
  • 43 percent said that one or more are no longer providing private label loans;
  • 30 percent said that one or more are reducing or eliminating borrower benefits; and
  • 20 percent say that one or more lenders are increasing interest rates.

Another 111 institutions reported they participate in non-federal, private label loans, but had not gotten any information from "preferred" lenders.

The NAICU survey asked institutions that participate in non-federal student loans what actions they would take if lenders were no longer available to some or all of their students to meet their financial needs. Of the 228 respondents participating in private label loans that answered the question:

  • 20 percent would offer budget counseling;
  • 15 percent would increase institutional funding for loans;
  • 15 percent would direct students toward other outside scholarships or alternative loans;
  • 12 percent would increase institutional funding for grants or work study;
  • 11 percent would increase PLUS loans; and
  • 6 percent would offer tuition payment plans.

For a number of reasons, 48 percent of the 228 respondents said they had no plan in place to respond to a shortage in private-label loans. Some institutions have not received indications that their individual lenders and students will be affected significantly by the credit crunch. Many do not have the financial resources needed to make up for a shortfall in private loans. Others indicate the uncertainty in the markets and among federal officials has placed their planning on hold.

Sixty percent of the 284 respondents participating in private-label loans that answered the question "how important is private student loan borrowing to your institutional financial health?" said they are either "very important" or "critically important" to their institutional financial health. Twenty-three percent reported private-label loans are "somewhat important" to their financial health. Eighteen percent said they were either "not very important" or "not at all important."

Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP)

Of the 211 responding institutions that reported receiving information from "preferred" lenders regarding their ability to make loans through the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) for the 2008-09 academic year:

  • 68 percent said that one or more of their lenders are cutting borrower benefits on FFELP loans, and
  • 57 percent said that one or more of their lenders are no longer providing FFELP loans.

(Note: When Congress reduced FFELP subsidies in 2007 to increase funding for Pell Grants and other student aid, cuts in borrower benefits were widely anticipated, and are not necessarily directly attributable to the current credit crunch.)

About the Survey

NAICU surveyed its 952 member institutions March 3-14. A total of 315 institutions responded, for an overall response rate of approximately 33 percent. Eighty-eight percent of respondents participate in FFELP loans, and 76 percent of respondents participate in private-label student loans. Twelve percent of responding institutions participate in the William Ford Direct Loan Program, compared to 16 percent of all private, not-for-profit institutions.

About NAICU

NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education. With nearly 1,000 member institutions and associations nationwide, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States. NAICU members enroll 90 percent of all students attending private institutions. They include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, church- and faith-related institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, single-sex colleges, art institutions, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions.

► Survey results and questionnaire are available at http://www.naicu.edu/studentloansurvey.

CONTACTS:

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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 25—A significant number of private colleges and universities report reductions in student loan availability and borrower benefits, according to the results of a survey conducted by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and released today.

"While the comments offered by survey respondents indicate that there is little evidence of the credit crunch limiting access to student loans at the specific time of the survey, the data collected serves as a warning flare," said NAICU President David L. Warren.

"There is widespread uncertainty about what the full extent of the credit crunch and its impact on student borrowers will be, and what safeguards the federal government will have in place to avert a crisis," Warren said. "Institutions are looking for national guidance."

Private Label Loans 

Of NAICU’s 952 members, 315 institutions—or 33 percent—responded to the survey. Of the 176 responding institutions that reported receiving information from "preferred" lenders about their ability to make non-federal private label loans for the 2008-09 academic year:

  • 46 percent said that one or more of their lenders are tightening credit requirements for private label loans;
  • 43 percent said that one or more are no longer providing private label loans;
  • 30 percent said that one or more are reducing or eliminating borrower benefits; and
  • 20 percent say that one or more lenders are increasing interest rates.

Another 111 institutions reported they participate in non-federal, private label loans, but had not gotten any information from "preferred" lenders.

The NAICU survey asked institutions that participate in non-federal student loans what actions they would take if lenders were no longer available to some or all of their students to meet their financial needs. Of the 228 respondents participating in private label loans that answered the question:

  • 20 percent would offer budget counseling;
  • 15 percent would increase institutional funding for loans;
  • 15 percent would direct students toward other outside scholarships or alternative loans;
  • 12 percent would increase institutional funding for grants or work study;
  • 11 percent would increase PLUS loans; and
  • 6 percent would offer tuition payment plans.

For a number of reasons, 48 percent of the 228 respondents said they had no plan in place to respond to a shortage in private-label loans. Some institutions have not received indications that their individual lenders and students will be affected significantly by the credit crunch. Many do not have the financial resources needed to make up for a shortfall in private loans. Others indicate the uncertainty in the markets and among federal officials has placed their planning on hold.

Sixty percent of the 284 respondents participating in private-label loans that answered the question "how important is private student loan borrowing to your institutional financial health?" said they are either "very important" or "critically important" to their institutional financial health. Twenty-three percent reported private-label loans are "somewhat important" to their financial health. Eighteen percent said they were either "not very important" or "not at all important."

Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP)

Of the 211 responding institutions that reported receiving information from "preferred" lenders regarding their ability to make loans through the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) for the 2008-09 academic year:

  • 68 percent said that one or more of their lenders are cutting borrower benefits on FFELP loans, and
  • 57 percent said that one or more of their lenders are no longer providing FFELP loans.

(Note: When Congress reduced FFELP subsidies in 2007 to increase funding for Pell Grants and other student aid, cuts in borrower benefits were widely anticipated, and are not necessarily directly attributable to the current credit crunch.)

About the Survey

NAICU surveyed its 952 member institutions March 3-14. A total of 315 institutions responded, for an overall response rate of approximately 33 percent. Eighty-eight percent of respondents participate in FFELP loans, and 76 percent of respondents participate in private-label student loans. Twelve percent of responding institutions participate in the William Ford Direct Loan Program, compared to 16 percent of all private, not-for-profit institutions.

About NAICU

NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education. With nearly 1,000 member institutions and associations nationwide, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States. NAICU members enroll 90 percent of all students attending private institutions. They include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, church- and faith-related institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, single-sex colleges, art institutions, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions.

► Survey results and questionnaire are available at http://www.naicu.edu/studentloansurvey.

CONTACTS:

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March 25, 2008

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Gigi Gomez Joins National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

Gigi Gomez Joins National Association of Independent Colleges and U...

February 14, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2008

CONTACT: Libby May, libby@naicu.edu
office: (202) 739-0477 cell: (301) 529-7313

Tony Pals, tony@naicu.edu
office: (202) 739-0474 cell: (202) 288-9333

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Gigi Gomez has been named Senior Research and Policy Analyst at the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). In her position at NAICU, Gomez is responsible for conducting research to support NAICU's public policy priorities. She will also serve as staff liaison to the State National Information Network, a cooperative research effort between NAICU and National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities State Executives (NAICUSE) supporting NAICUSE's policy agenda. She joined the staff on January 28, 2008.

Prior to joining NAICU, Gomez was a research associate for the Center for Policy Analysis, at the American Council on Education (ACE). While at ACE, she served as project manager on the American College President Survey, 2007 Edition (ACPS). ACPS is the only comprehensive source of demographic data on college presidents. Gomez also provided fact sheets, conducted data analysis for media and ACE members, and contributed to several other research projects.

Gomez has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Irvine, and a master's degree and doctorate in education from the University of California, Los Angeles.

"Gigi's experience and skills will make her a valuable addition to NAICU," said NAICU President David Warren. "We are pleased to have her as part of our team."

NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education. Since 1976, the association has represented private colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation, and government regulation. With nearly 1,000 member institutions and associations, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States. NAICU members enroll 85 percent of all students attending private institutions. They include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, comprehensive universities, church-related institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, single-sex colleges, and two-year colleges.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2008

CONTACT: Libby May, libby@naicu.edu
office: (202) 739-0477 cell: (301) 529-7313

Tony Pals, tony@naicu.edu
office: (202) 739-0474 cell: (202) 288-9333

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Gigi Gomez has been named Senior Research and Policy Analyst at the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). In her position at NAICU, Gomez is responsible for conducting research to support NAICU's public policy priorities. She will also serve as staff liaison to the State National Information Network, a cooperative research effort between NAICU and National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities State Executives (NAICUSE) supporting NAICUSE's policy agenda. She joined the staff on January 28, 2008.

Prior to joining NAICU, Gomez was a research associate for the Center for Policy Analysis, at the American Council on Education (ACE). While at ACE, she served as project manager on the American College President Survey, 2007 Edition (ACPS). ACPS is the only comprehensive source of demographic data on college presidents. Gomez also provided fact sheets, conducted data analysis for media and ACE members, and contributed to several other research projects.

Gomez has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Irvine, and a master's degree and doctorate in education from the University of California, Los Angeles.

"Gigi's experience and skills will make her a valuable addition to NAICU," said NAICU President David Warren. "We are pleased to have her as part of our team."

NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education. Since 1976, the association has represented private colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation, and government regulation. With nearly 1,000 member institutions and associations, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States. NAICU members enroll 85 percent of all students attending private institutions. They include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, comprehensive universities, church-related institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, single-sex colleges, and two-year colleges.

 

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February 14, 2008

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NAICU Membership Elects 2008-09 Board of Directors

NAICU Membership Elects 2008-09 Board of Directors

February 08, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                   

CONTACT: Libby May, libby@naicu.edu

office: (202) 739-0477  cell: (301) 529-7313 

 

Tony Pals, tony@naicu.edu

office: (202) 739-0474     cell: (202) 288-9333 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The membership of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) have selected 15 new board directors and four new board officers for 2008-09.  NAICU is the leading national association representing private higher education, serving as the unified voice of nearly 1,000 independent college and university presidents, and specialized, state, and regional association executives.  NAICU member institutions enroll nine of every 10 students attending a private college or university in the United States.  

Members of NAICU’s board of director set the association’s agenda on federal higher education policy; actively encourage support of NAICU priorities and initiatives; and oversee the association’s financial administration.  Members serve three-year terms.
 
“NAICU’s new board members and officers were selected by their peers because of their expertise in the field, proven leadership, and commitment to America’s college students,” said NAICU President David L. Warren. “They assume their responsibilities at a time of great challenge and transformation for American higher education.

 “The federal budget deficit, growing student financial need, increasingly competitive global economy, and today’s culture of accountability are among the dynamics affecting higher education,” Warren said.

 “Decisions made in Washington over the coming months and years will have significant consequences for whether students can afford to attend the institution of their choice, the ability of our institutions to maintain high academic standards, and the extent to which the federal government reaches into the management of our institutions and the privacy of our students,” Warren said. “Congress and the administration have the opportunity to make college more affordable, safeguard the American system of decentralized higher education, and work constructively with institutions to advance the nation’s economic strength, security, and science leadership. Our new board members and leaders will be critical to our efforts to make these goals a reality.”

 

New NAICU Board Officers

 

Dr. Victor J. Boschini, Jr., chancellor of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, has been elected chair of the NAICU board of directors. His one-year term as chair of NAICU=s board was ratified February 6 by member college and university presidents at the 2008 NAICU Annual Meeting.  Vice chair of the board in 2007-08, Boschini succeeds Leslie Garner, president of Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, who remains on the board as past chair. 

Boschini assumed office as Texas Christian University’s 10th chancellor in 2003.  Boschini came to TCU after serving as president of Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., from 1999 to 2003.  At Illinois State, Boschini held the positions of vice president for student affairs and associate professor of education.  Earlier, he held administrative and teaching posts at Butler University and Indiana University.  Boschini received his bachelor’s degree from Mount Union College, master’s in personnel from Bowling Green State University, and doctorate in higher education administration from Indiana University.

 

Dr. Walter D. Broadnax, president, Clark Atlanta University, in Atlanta, Ga., has been named vice chair. Broadnax became president of Clark Atlanta University in August of 2002. Prior to his presidency at Clark Atlanta University, he served as dean of the school of public affairs at American University in Washington, D.C., and as professor of public policy and management in the school of public affairs at the University of Maryland, where he also directed the university’s Bureau of Governmental Research. Broadnax received his bachelor’s of arts degree from Washburn University and master’s in public administration degree from the University of Kansas. His doctorate degree is from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

 

Dr. S. Georgia Nugent, president of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, has been named secretary

 

Dr. Joseph McGowan, president of Bellarmine University, in Louisville, Ky, has been named treasurer.

 

Eight new members were elected to three-year terms on the NAICU board, representing the association=s national regions:

Rev. Brian J. Shanley, president, Providence College, Providence, R.I.
Region I (Conn., Maine, Mass., N.H., R.I., Vt.)

Dr. Baird Tipson
, president, Washington College, Chestertown, Md.
Region II (Del., D.C., Md., N.J., N.Y.)

Dr. Peyton R. Helm
, president, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa.
Region III (Ky., Ohio, Pa., W.Va.) 

Dr. William T. Greer, president, Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk, Va.
Region IV ( Fla., Ga., N.C., S.C., Va.) 

Dr. Daniel J. Carey, president, Edgewood College, Madison, Wis.
Region V (Ill., Ind., Mich., Wis.)

Dr. Roger Parrott, president, Belhaven College, Jackson, Miss.

Region VI (Ala., Ark., La., Miss., Okla., Tenn. Texas)

 

Dr. R. Alton Lacey, president, Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis, Mo.
Region VII (Iowa, Kan., Minn., Mo., Neb., N.D., S.D.)

Dr. Thomas L. Hellie, president, Linfield College, McMinnville, Ore.
Region VIII (Alaska, Ariz., Calif., Colo., Hawaii, Idaho, Mont., N.M., Nev., Ore., Utah, Wash., Wyo.)

 

Four presidents have been named to three-year terms as at-large members of the board:

 

Dr. Pamela Jolicoeur, president, Concordia College at Moorhead, Moorhead, Minn.

Dr. Jennifer Braaten, president, Ferrum College, Ferrum, Va.

Dr. John DeGioia, president, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Larry Earvin, president, Huston-Tillotson College, Austin, Texas

One individual has been selected to serve a three-year term as a representative of the National Association of Independent College and University State Executives:

 

Ms. Judith B. Greiman president, Connecticut Conference on Independent Colleges, Hartford, Conn.

 

One individual has been selected to serve a three-year term as a representative of the NAICU Secretariat, an advisory board made up of the executives of specialized and regional independent college and university association:

Mr. Gary Luhr, executive director, Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, Louisville, Ky. 

One individual has been selected to serve a three-year term as a non-voting member of the board:

 

Ms. Ellen Smith, director of government relations, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.

 

NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education.  Since 1976, the association has represented private colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation, and government regulation.  With nearly 1,000 member institutions and associations, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States.  NAICU members enroll 85 percent of all students attending private institutions.  They include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, comprehensive universities, church- and faith-related institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, single-sex colleges, art institutions, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions. 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                   

CONTACT: Libby May, libby@naicu.edu

office: (202) 739-0477  cell: (301) 529-7313 

 

Tony Pals, tony@naicu.edu

office: (202) 739-0474     cell: (202) 288-9333 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The membership of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) have selected 15 new board directors and four new board officers for 2008-09.  NAICU is the leading national association representing private higher education, serving as the unified voice of nearly 1,000 independent college and university presidents, and specialized, state, and regional association executives.  NAICU member institutions enroll nine of every 10 students attending a private college or university in the United States.  

Members of NAICU’s board of director set the association’s agenda on federal higher education policy; actively encourage support of NAICU priorities and initiatives; and oversee the association’s financial administration.  Members serve three-year terms.
 
“NAICU’s new board members and officers were selected by their peers because of their expertise in the field, proven leadership, and commitment to America’s college students,” said NAICU President David L. Warren. “They assume their responsibilities at a time of great challenge and transformation for American higher education.

 “The federal budget deficit, growing student financial need, increasingly competitive global economy, and today’s culture of accountability are among the dynamics affecting higher education,” Warren said.

 “Decisions made in Washington over the coming months and years will have significant consequences for whether students can afford to attend the institution of their choice, the ability of our institutions to maintain high academic standards, and the extent to which the federal government reaches into the management of our institutions and the privacy of our students,” Warren said. “Congress and the administration have the opportunity to make college more affordable, safeguard the American system of decentralized higher education, and work constructively with institutions to advance the nation’s economic strength, security, and science leadership. Our new board members and leaders will be critical to our efforts to make these goals a reality.”

 

New NAICU Board Officers

 

Dr. Victor J. Boschini, Jr., chancellor of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, has been elected chair of the NAICU board of directors. His one-year term as chair of NAICU=s board was ratified February 6 by member college and university presidents at the 2008 NAICU Annual Meeting.  Vice chair of the board in 2007-08, Boschini succeeds Leslie Garner, president of Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, who remains on the board as past chair. 

Boschini assumed office as Texas Christian University’s 10th chancellor in 2003.  Boschini came to TCU after serving as president of Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., from 1999 to 2003.  At Illinois State, Boschini held the positions of vice president for student affairs and associate professor of education.  Earlier, he held administrative and teaching posts at Butler University and Indiana University.  Boschini received his bachelor’s degree from Mount Union College, master’s in personnel from Bowling Green State University, and doctorate in higher education administration from Indiana University.

 

Dr. Walter D. Broadnax, president, Clark Atlanta University, in Atlanta, Ga., has been named vice chair. Broadnax became president of Clark Atlanta University in August of 2002. Prior to his presidency at Clark Atlanta University, he served as dean of the school of public affairs at American University in Washington, D.C., and as professor of public policy and management in the school of public affairs at the University of Maryland, where he also directed the university’s Bureau of Governmental Research. Broadnax received his bachelor’s of arts degree from Washburn University and master’s in public administration degree from the University of Kansas. His doctorate degree is from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

 

Dr. S. Georgia Nugent, president of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, has been named secretary

 

Dr. Joseph McGowan, president of Bellarmine University, in Louisville, Ky, has been named treasurer.

 

Eight new members were elected to three-year terms on the NAICU board, representing the association=s national regions:

Rev. Brian J. Shanley, president, Providence College, Providence, R.I.
Region I (Conn., Maine, Mass., N.H., R.I., Vt.)

Dr. Baird Tipson
, president, Washington College, Chestertown, Md.
Region II (Del., D.C., Md., N.J., N.Y.)

Dr. Peyton R. Helm
, president, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa.
Region III (Ky., Ohio, Pa., W.Va.) 

Dr. William T. Greer, president, Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk, Va.
Region IV ( Fla., Ga., N.C., S.C., Va.) 

Dr. Daniel J. Carey, president, Edgewood College, Madison, Wis.
Region V (Ill., Ind., Mich., Wis.)

Dr. Roger Parrott, president, Belhaven College, Jackson, Miss.

Region VI (Ala., Ark., La., Miss., Okla., Tenn. Texas)

 

Dr. R. Alton Lacey, president, Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis, Mo.
Region VII (Iowa, Kan., Minn., Mo., Neb., N.D., S.D.)

Dr. Thomas L. Hellie, president, Linfield College, McMinnville, Ore.
Region VIII (Alaska, Ariz., Calif., Colo., Hawaii, Idaho, Mont., N.M., Nev., Ore., Utah, Wash., Wyo.)

 

Four presidents have been named to three-year terms as at-large members of the board:

 

Dr. Pamela Jolicoeur, president, Concordia College at Moorhead, Moorhead, Minn.

Dr. Jennifer Braaten, president, Ferrum College, Ferrum, Va.

Dr. John DeGioia, president, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Larry Earvin, president, Huston-Tillotson College, Austin, Texas

One individual has been selected to serve a three-year term as a representative of the National Association of Independent College and University State Executives:

 

Ms. Judith B. Greiman president, Connecticut Conference on Independent Colleges, Hartford, Conn.

 

One individual has been selected to serve a three-year term as a representative of the NAICU Secretariat, an advisory board made up of the executives of specialized and regional independent college and university association:

Mr. Gary Luhr, executive director, Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, Louisville, Ky. 

One individual has been selected to serve a three-year term as a non-voting member of the board:

 

Ms. Ellen Smith, director of government relations, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.

 

NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education.  Since 1976, the association has represented private colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation, and government regulation.  With nearly 1,000 member institutions and associations, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States.  NAICU members enroll 85 percent of all students attending private institutions.  They include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, comprehensive universities, church- and faith-related institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, single-sex colleges, art institutions, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions. 

 

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Representative Ralph Regula to Receive 2008 NAICU Award for Advocacy of Independent Higher Education

Representative Ralph Regula to Receive 2008 NAICU Award for Advocac...

February 01, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2008

CONTACT: Libby May, libby@naicu.edu
office: 202-739-0477 cell: 301-529-7313

Tony Pals, tony@naicu.edu
office: 202-739-0474 cell: 202-288-9333

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 1-Representative Ralph Regula, R-Ohio, has been selected by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) to receive its 2008 Award for Advocacy of Independent Higher Education. The award will be presented by NAICU President David L. Warren during a luncheon that begins at 12:00 p.m. at Tuesday, February 5, at the NAICU annual meeting. The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

The NAICU Advocacy Award was established in 1993 to recognize individuals outside of academe who have championed the cause of independent nonprofit higher education. No single contribution makes one eligible to receive the award. Instead, it recognizes a lifetime of service, initiative, and determination.

Currently serving in his 18th term, representing the 16th District of Ohio, Representative Regula has spent his career as an advocate of increased funding for education, health research, job training, and assistance for families with special education and health needs. One of his highest priorities has been to ensure that low-income students have access to a college education.

"Having served as a teacher, principal, member of the Ohio Board of Education, and trustee of his alma mater, Mount Union College, Representative Regula knows first hand the importance of education to the people of Ohio and the nation "said NAICU President David L. Warren. "In Congress, his position on the House Appropriations Committee has allowed him to further serve the educational needs of his constituents and students across the country by steadfastly supporting increased funding for the student aid programs."

During his 2000-2006 tenure as chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, Rep. Regula defied demands from his party's leadership to deeply cut education programs. Instead, he increased the Pell Grant maximum by $750 over a six-year period. His regular meetings with Ohio college presidents and students reaffirmed and reinforced his position, despite the intense pressure to reduce student aid funding.


NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education. With nearly 1,000 member institutions and associations nationwide, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States. NAICU members enroll 85 percent of all students attending private institutions. They include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, church- and faith-related institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, single-sex colleges, art institutions, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2008

CONTACT: Libby May, libby@naicu.edu
office: 202-739-0477 cell: 301-529-7313

Tony Pals, tony@naicu.edu
office: 202-739-0474 cell: 202-288-9333

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 1-Representative Ralph Regula, R-Ohio, has been selected by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) to receive its 2008 Award for Advocacy of Independent Higher Education. The award will be presented by NAICU President David L. Warren during a luncheon that begins at 12:00 p.m. at Tuesday, February 5, at the NAICU annual meeting. The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

The NAICU Advocacy Award was established in 1993 to recognize individuals outside of academe who have championed the cause of independent nonprofit higher education. No single contribution makes one eligible to receive the award. Instead, it recognizes a lifetime of service, initiative, and determination.

Currently serving in his 18th term, representing the 16th District of Ohio, Representative Regula has spent his career as an advocate of increased funding for education, health research, job training, and assistance for families with special education and health needs. One of his highest priorities has been to ensure that low-income students have access to a college education.

"Having served as a teacher, principal, member of the Ohio Board of Education, and trustee of his alma mater, Mount Union College, Representative Regula knows first hand the importance of education to the people of Ohio and the nation "said NAICU President David L. Warren. "In Congress, his position on the House Appropriations Committee has allowed him to further serve the educational needs of his constituents and students across the country by steadfastly supporting increased funding for the student aid programs."

During his 2000-2006 tenure as chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, Rep. Regula defied demands from his party's leadership to deeply cut education programs. Instead, he increased the Pell Grant maximum by $750 over a six-year period. His regular meetings with Ohio college presidents and students reaffirmed and reinforced his position, despite the intense pressure to reduce student aid funding.


NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education. With nearly 1,000 member institutions and associations nationwide, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States. NAICU members enroll 85 percent of all students attending private institutions. They include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, church- and faith-related institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, single-sex colleges, art institutions, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions.


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