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The Virginian-Pilot, VA

Higher Ed in the Age of Trump

Higher Ed in the Age of Trump

February 21, 2017

Scott D. Miller, president of Virginia Wesleyan University, writes: I recently attended briefings on Capitol Hill, sponsored by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities at its annual meeting. On the agenda was launching the Independent College Caucus, a bipartisan initiative to recognize contributions of independent colleges and universities.
Scott D. Miller, president of Virginia Wesleyan University, writes: I recently attended briefings on Capitol Hill, sponsored by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities at its annual meeting. On the agenda was launching the Independent College Caucus, a bipartisan initiative to recognize contributions of independent colleges and universities.

February 21, 2017

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The Times-Tribune, PA

College Grant Proposal Cuts Reflect Poor Policy

College Grant Proposal Cuts Reflect Poor Policy

February 21, 2017

Thomas Botzman, president of Misericordia University (PA), writes: Sadly, the proposed state budget for fiscal 2017-18 cuts IAG funding by $13 million, generating modest savings at the state level in a move that I believe is contrary to the best interests of students and taxpayers. The allocation of IAG funds to private colleges and universities is based on the number of low- and moderate-income students they serve. Therein lies the beauty of this funding mechanism, as spending on IAG for private higher education has a means test to assure that private higher education provides access to the benefit of the public good.
Thomas Botzman, president of Misericordia University (PA), writes: Sadly, the proposed state budget for fiscal 2017-18 cuts IAG funding by $13 million, generating modest savings at the state level in a move that I believe is contrary to the best interests of students and taxpayers. The allocation of IAG funds to private colleges and universities is based on the number of low- and moderate-income students they serve. Therein lies the beauty of this funding mechanism, as spending on IAG for private higher education has a means test to assure that private higher education provides access to the benefit of the public good.

February 21, 2017

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Lower Hudson Valley Journal News, NY

Fake 'Free Tuition' Promise Squeezes Private Colleges

Fake 'Free Tuition' Promise Squeezes Private Colleges

February 21, 2017

College of Mount St. Vincent (NY) Trustee Steve Acunto writes: The just policy of equal state financial aid for all students of similar means is now in jeopardy. Students should be able to use that support at whatever New York institution of higher education, public or private, best fits their academic, social and career interests. This has been the state's long-held policy, as embodied in TAP. In fact, expanding TAP would then enable more students to attend SUNY or CUNY tuition-free, while assisting the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers for whom private institutions offer the opportunity they seek for economic mobility. It is a common sense fact of education life that one size does not fit all — that is why so many private schools are in such demand and why their livelihood deserves the resource that TAP provides to them through the students they educate.
College of Mount St. Vincent (NY) Trustee Steve Acunto writes: The just policy of equal state financial aid for all students of similar means is now in jeopardy. Students should be able to use that support at whatever New York institution of higher education, public or private, best fits their academic, social and career interests. This has been the state's long-held policy, as embodied in TAP. In fact, expanding TAP would then enable more students to attend SUNY or CUNY tuition-free, while assisting the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers for whom private institutions offer the opportunity they seek for economic mobility. It is a common sense fact of education life that one size does not fit all — that is why so many private schools are in such demand and why their livelihood deserves the resource that TAP provides to them through the students they educate.

February 21, 2017

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Reading Eagle, PA

Higher Education Budget Unfair, Misguided

Higher Education Budget Unfair, Misguided

February 16, 2017

Dr. Thomas Flynn, president of Alvernia University (PA), and Dr. Lex McMillan, president of Albright College (PA), write:  Gov. Tom Wolf warned that this would be a tough budget year. We sympathize. Every year is a tough budget year at our institutions, Alvernia University and Albright College. We must enhance the quality of our students' education while controlling costs and reallocating limited resources.  Fortunately, guiding this challenging work for us are two sacred principles: to increase student financial aid annually to ensure our schools remain places of opportunity for students with modest financial resources; and to invest in improvements with maximum benefit for our students.
Dr. Thomas Flynn, president of Alvernia University (PA), and Dr. Lex McMillan, president of Albright College (PA), write:  Gov. Tom Wolf warned that this would be a tough budget year. We sympathize. Every year is a tough budget year at our institutions, Alvernia University and Albright College. We must enhance the quality of our students' education while controlling costs and reallocating limited resources.  Fortunately, guiding this challenging work for us are two sacred principles: to increase student financial aid annually to ensure our schools remain places of opportunity for students with modest financial resources; and to invest in improvements with maximum benefit for our students.

February 16, 2017

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Charleston Gazette-Mail, SC

Private Colleges Matter to WV Students, Future

Private Colleges Matter to WV Students, Future

February 15, 2017

Edwin H. Welch, president of University of Charleston (WV), writes: Taken collectively, the eight private colleges in West Virginia are the third largest higher education nonprofit in the state, behind West Virginia University and Marshall University. They employ 2,270 individuals and have a combined operating budget of $200 million. That means an economic impact in West Virginia of about $425 million.
Edwin H. Welch, president of University of Charleston (WV), writes: Taken collectively, the eight private colleges in West Virginia are the third largest higher education nonprofit in the state, behind West Virginia University and Marshall University. They employ 2,270 individuals and have a combined operating budget of $200 million. That means an economic impact in West Virginia of about $425 million.

February 15, 2017

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