NAICU Washington Update

Historian Douglas Brinkley, Dozens of Presidents and Policy Experts Highlight NAICU’s Annual Meeting

January 17, 2020

Early February will be a fascinating time to be in Washington.  While the conflict over impeachment continues, presidential primaries move forward, and the President offers the 2020 State of the Union address, Congress will be at work on many key issues that will have long-term effects on higher education, including reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, the expected release of Title IX regulations, and many others. 
In the middle of all this will be NAICU’s 2020 Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day, February 2-5, 2020 in Washington, DC.  The 2020 Annual Meeting program is focused on the impact public policy has on enrollment, admissions and affordability. NAICU’s theme this year, Advancing America’s Future: Adapting and Advancing in a Changing World, celebrates the unique role private, nonprofit colleges and universities play in educating the next generation of Americans while exploring the myriad issues before our students, institutions and policymakers.
Douglas G. Brinkley, Ph.D., best-selling author, presidential historian, and the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and Professor of History at Rice University (TX), is the meeting’s keynote speaker.  Brinkley will discuss how the historical lessons of the past apply to the nation’s present and future.
In addition, the meeting will include presentations and panel discussions with dozens of college and university presidents, policy experts, and higher education leaders discussing the key issues that will impact campuses around the country.
Some of the issues being discussed include how paying players might change college athletics, admissions, and institutions’ relationships with students; the coming Title IX regulations and how they will affect campuses; how colleges are addressing increased price sensitivities and how they might rethink their futures; free college proposals; and how to retain vulnerable students.
As in previous years, there will be a series of pre-conference sessions, including a Government Relations Academy that sheds light on the dozens of federal policy issues facing private, nonprofit higher education, and a series of sessions focused on helping institutions advance their communications and messaging.

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