ACE Advocacy News - Recent Activity all of the recent Advocacy Activity from ACEen-usCopyright , American Council on Educationdonotreply@ace.eduThu, 24 May 2018 02:22:17 ZACE News Feeds 1.0 Advocacy News - Recent Activity Today's Top Higher Education NewsThe New York Times Editorial Board argues that the Education Department’s efforts to roll back regulations on for-profit colleges will harm students . . . Inside Higher Ed reports that special adviser to Education Secretary DeVos said Tuesday that, in order to reduce regulatory burden on accredited institutions, they are considering reorienting accreditation toward its original focus of academic quality . . . Cal State University has convinced two key legislative panels to approve funding to enroll nearly 11,000 more students, hire more faculty, and expand housing aid to those without shelter this fall . . . Representative Tom Reed (R-NY) introduced legislation that would waive the new tax on about 30 wealthy college endowments if they spend 25 percent of their annual investment earnings on reducing the cost for middle-income students., Higher Education Groups Comment on Proposal to Increase Social Media Scrutiny of Visa ApplicantsACE and 12 other higher education associations submitted comments this week to the State Department in response to a proposal to require all U.S. nonimmigrant visa applicants to submit their social media usernames and previous email addresses, phone numbers, and international travel., Higher Education Groups Urge Congress to Protect Student Aid From RescissionThe White House is expected to submit a formal request to Congress this week to cut up to $15 billion in existing federal spending. Education Groups Comment on New NSF Harassment Reporting RequirementsSeven higher education associations, including ACE, submitted comments to the National Science Foundation May 4 in response to a notice in the March 5 Federal Register proposing new reporting requirements on sexual assault and harassment for NSF grantees., Higher Education Groups Express Concerns Over Elimination of FBI Higher Education BoardACE and 14 other higher education associations sent a letter April 24 to the FBI asking the agency to convene a group of higher education representatives and key national security agencies to discuss security concerns. Court Hears Arguments in Trump Travel Ban CaseThe case, Trump v. Hawaii, examines President Trump's third attempt to ban refugees and immigrants from several majority-Muslim countries. Department Fact Sheet Addresses Questions About Campus Overtime PayThe Department of Labor has issued a fact sheet on "Higher Education Institutions and Overtime Pay Under the Fair Labor Standards Act" to clarify some key issues about exemptions to federal overtime pay requirements for campus employment. Education Groups Urge Congress to Pass Bill to Ease Access to Print Materials for the Visually ImpairedThe bill would ratify and implement the Marrakesh Treaty, which has been ratified by 35 other countries and entered into force on Sept. 30, 2016. by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Senate’s Failure to Pass Legislation Protecting DreamersWe urge congressional leaders in both chambers: Come back to the table, do not allow extraneous issues to hold Dreamers hostage to a political face-off, and redouble your efforts to reach a bipartisan compromise., Higher Education Associations Urge Congress to Act Now to Find Bipartisan Solution to Protect DreamersACE and 18 other higher education associations today sent a letter to congressional leaders urging lawmakers to move swiftly to pass bipartisan legislation offering permanent protections to Dreamers. Issue Front and Center During State of Union AddressPresident Trump advocated for legal status and a 12-year pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers in exchange for $25 billion for a border wall with Mexico and sweeping changes to current visa programs, including limits on family reunification visas. Education Act Resource Page Helps Members, Others Contact House About PROSPER ActBoth the House and Senate have begun work on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act (HEA), the nation's main law governing postsecondary education. To help with advocacy on these efforts, ACE has launched a resource page that includes information about the process along with links to contact Congress. by ACE President Ted Mitchell on Ending the Federal Shutdown, Commitment to Address DreamersIn particular, we are gratified that the agreement to pass a temporary funding measure includes a commitment to bring the issue of the DACA policy and Dreamers to the floor.;-Senate-Democrats-Secure-Commitment-to-Address-DACA-Dreamers.aspxAgreement Reached to End Government Shutdown; Senate Democrats Secure Commitment to Address DACA, DreamersSenate Democrats joined Republicans Monday to clear the way for the passage of a short-term spending bill to fund the government through Feb. 8 in exchange for a commitment to find a legislative solution for the young, undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers. by ACE President Ted Mitchell About Bipartisan Congressional Efforts to Protect DreamersWe strongly support the bipartisan efforts of a number of members of Congress, including Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), to forge a long-term legislative solution to permanently protect hundreds of thousands of Dreamers. of Dreamers Remains in Limbo as Talks Continue in CongressBipartisan talks in both the House and Senate continue to look for a legislative solution to protect Dreamers, young people brought illegally to the United States as children. Dreamers at Center of Federal Spending NegotiationsThe fate of hundreds of thousands of young people known as Dreamers remains in limbo as congressional leaders and President Trump negotiate a final FY 2018 spending bill and try to avert a government shutdown. by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Need for Congress to Act to Protect DreamersStatement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the need for Congress to act to protect Dreamers, the group of young people brought to the United States as children and raised as Americans but living under threat of deportation. If a solution is not reached this week, Mitchell urges Congress to move swiftly to adopt a long-term solution for Dreamers as lawmakers work to finalize the FY 2018 appropriations process in January. Expected to Vote This Week on Tax Bill with Negative Implications for Higher EducationCongress is poised to take final votes this week on the version of a sweeping tax bill released late Friday by a House-Senate Conference Committee that contains a number of provisions harmful to students and their families and the higher education institutions that serve them. Repeals Net Neutrality RulesThe FCC) has approved a proposal to repeal its net neutrality rules, which uphold the principle that all traffic on the internet should be treated equally., Other Higher Education Groups: HEA Bill Being Rushed Through Committee Without Clear Understanding of ConsequencesACE and 36 other higher education associations sent a letter today to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce as it begins the process of reauthorizing the primary federal law governing higher education, last updated in 2008. Prepares to Take Up Tax Bill; ACE Writes Senate Leaders on Endowments ProvisionCongress is back from the Thanksgiving holiday and House and Senate Republicans are continuing to work to pass a tax bill by the end of the year. The focus this week is on the Senate, where the bill could be up for a floor vote soon. Writes House Leaders About Tax Bill in Advance of Floor VoteACE President Ted Mitchell sent a letter today to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi expressing “grave concerns” about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1). Tax Bill Retains Benefits for Students, Puts Other Higher Education Provisions on Chopping BlockThe Senate released its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) Nov. 9, the same day the House Committee on Ways and Means voted 24-16 along party lines to approve its tax bill., Higher Education Community Launch Contact Congress Initiative for Tax BillAs the House and Senate work on tax reform legislation, campus leaders, students, faculty, and others can write lawmakers about specific provisions in the bills that would set back by decades the effort to make college more affordable for students and families. Tax Bill Increases Cost of College For Students, Taxes Private College EndowmentsAs the House Ways and Means Committee began to mark up their tax bill Monday, ACE and 45 other associations sent a letter to committee leaders expressing “grave concerns” with the legislation’s impact on students, families, and higher education as a whole. Tax Reform Bill Expected ThursdayHouse Republicans have pushed back the release of their signature tax reform bill until tomorrow, as representatives continue to hash out how to pay for the proposed $5.5 trillion in tax cuts. Passes FY 2018 Budget, Clearing the Way for Tax ReformThe Senate voted 51-49 late on Oct. 19 to pass a budget resolution for FY 2018 after an hours-long marathon session on the Senate floor. and University Presidents Urge Congress to Pass Legislation Protecting DreamersMore than 800 college and university presidents have signed their institutions on to a letter urging Congress to pass legislation as soon as possible to permanently protect Dreamers, young people brought to the United States as children., AACRAO, and CHEA Release Statement on Transfer of CreditACE, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and Council for Higher Education Accreditation last week issued a joint statement​ on the transfer and award of college credit, intended to serve as a guide for institutions developing or reviewing policies in this area. Education Community Asks Congress to Pass Legislation Protecting DreamersHigher education associations representing a broad range of U.S. colleges and universities have formed the Protect Dreamers Higher Education Coalition to help urge Congress to pass legislation protecting undocumented young people brought to this country as children., Higher Education Groups Oppose House Budget ResolutionThe House of Representatives is scheduled to vote tomorrow on its FY 2018 budget resolution, which is central to Republican efforts to advance tax reform legislation. Is Your Ticket to a Behind-the-Scenes Look at What's Coming Next in DCACE2018, ACE’s 100th Annual Meeting, will offer valuable opportunities for campus leaders to learn what to expect from federal policymakers in the coming months on topics such as immigration, Title IX and budget and appropriations., Higher Education Groups Urge Congress to Extend Perkins Loan ProgramOver 200 lawmakers and a group of higher education associations, including ACE, are urging Congress to extend the federal Perkins Loan Program, which is scheduled to expire Sept. 30., Higher Education Associations Express Serious Concerns About Senate Health Care LegislationIn a lette to Senate leaders, ACE and 19 other higher education associations raised serious concerns about the health care legislation to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act proposed by several Republican senators. Submits Comments on Regulatory Reform to Department of EducationThe department’s call for comments was part of the Trump administration’s regulatory reform efforts outlined in the executive order issued in February that required all federal agencies to begin identifying regulations to eliminate., Higher Education Groups Say Trump Travel Ban Threatens Colleges’ Ability to Attract International Students, Scholars​ACE and 29 other higher education associations submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case examining President Trump's second attempt to ban refugees and immigrants from several majority-Muslim countries. Education Associations Call on Congress to Protect Dreamers​ACE and 78 other associations are among the groups calling on Congress to pass legislation to permanently protect Dreamers, young people brought to the United States as children and raised as Americans but living under threat of deportation. Labor-HHS Spending Bill for FY 2018 Would Increase the Maximum Pell Grant AwardThe Senate Appropriations Committee last week voted 29-2 to approve the FY 2018 spending bill for Labor-HHS-Education, which includes a $100 increase in the maximum Pell Grant award and substantial new funding for the National Institutes of Health. Releases Issue Brief on Trump Administration’s DACA DecisionIn the wake of the rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, ACE has prepared an issue brief detailing the key elements of the Trump administration’s “DACA Rescission Memorandum” and how it will impact students and campuses. Administration Ends DACAThe Trump administration has announced that it is rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the policy that allows certain individuals who came to the United States as children to stay in the country and obtain temporary work permits., Higher Education Groups Ask President to Preserve DACA Until Longer Term Solution Is FoundACE and 36 other higher education associations are urging President Trump to preserve the five-year-old DACA program, which allows undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to work and study here legally for two-year renewable terms., Other Higher Education Groups Submit Comments to Education Department Task Force on Agency ReformACE and 19 other higher education associations submitted comments on Friday to the Department of Education in response to a request from Joe Conaty, co-chair of the Agency Reform Task Force, for feedback from education stakeholders regarding Executive Order 13781. That order called for individuals to submit ideas on how to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of federal agencies. of Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals Program Remains UncertainThe fate of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program established in 2012 by President Obama remains uncertain amid sometimes conflicting reports of where the Trump administration stands on its future., Other Higher Education Associations Send Letter in Support of the Dream ActACE and 32 other higher education associations are urging the Senate to approve the Dream Act of 2017, which would allow a select group of undocumented immigrants to earn lawful permanent residence and have access to a path toward citizenship. Approves Budget Resolution, Continues Work on FY 2018 Spending Bills​The House Budget Committee voted along party lines late Wednesday night to approve a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2018 that would require more than $200 billion in cuts to mandatory programs and set the path for a major overhaul of the tax code., Higher Education Groups File Brief in Bankruptcy Tuition “Claw Back” CaseACE filed an amicus brief in the first federal appeals court review of whether a bankruptcy trustee should be able to force an institution that has received payments from a parent for a child’s education to give that money back to the insolvent parent’s bankruptcy trustee. Mitchell Named President of ACEACE has announced that Ted Mitchell, a former college president and top federal policy maker, has been named the Council's 13th president, effective Sept. 1, 2017. Committee Approves Bill to Expand GI Bill BenefitsThe House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs voted to approve a bipartisan bill to expand the Post-9/11 GI Bill, primarily by redefining eligibility and removing the 15-year cap for benefits that had forced veterans to “use it or lose it.” Court Allows Limited Trump Travel Ban to Go Into Effect; Administration Issues New GuidelinesThe Supreme Court has kept in place a significant portion of the injunctions that have prevented enforcement of President Trump’s travel ban, but will take up the two federal appeals court rulings this fall., Higher Education Groups Urge Senate to Fix Problems With Health Care BillIn a letter to Senate leaders, ACE and 18 other higher education associations raised serious concerns about the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, the Senate bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. Director Testifies on Budget Request for FY 2018National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins testified June 22 before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on his agency’s FY 2018 budget, which the White House is proposing to cut by $7.2 billion for the upcoming fiscal year. by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on Trump Administration Decision to Continue DACA ProgramACE responds to the Trump administration's announcement to continue the Obama-era program designed to protect so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as young children. by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Department of Education's Regulatory Review AnnouncementSecretary of Education Betsy DeVos has announced the department's intention to establish rulemaking committees on borrower defense to repayment and gainful employment regulations. Urges Support for National Institutes of Health as HHS Secretary Defends Administration’s FY 2018 BudgetACE's letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price and Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, expresses strong opposition to the Trump administration’s proposed $7.2 billion spending cut for NIH in FY 2018., Higher Education Groups Urge Congress to Continue Support for Student Aid, ResearchACE and 34 other higher education associations wrote to the leaders of the House and Senate budget and appropriations committees, asking them to maintain Congress’s “historic commitment” to financial aid and research in FY 2018. Budget Slashes Higher Education Along With Other Domestic ProgramsThe president's $4.1 trillion budget proposal for FY 2018 makes deep cuts to higher education, which ACE President Molly Corbett Broad said in a statement would have a crushing impact on low-income and working-class Americans. by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 BudgetPresident Trump's budget for FY 2018 envisions drastic cuts to federal student aid and research funding of a magnitude not seen in nearly four decades., Other Associations Express Concern Over Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program​ACE and 36 other higher education groups sent a letter last week to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, expressing concern with recent reports regarding the Department of Education’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on Fiscal Year 2017 Budget AgreementThe budget agreement released today demonstrates strong, bipartisan support for the students and families our colleges and universities serve, and for the advancement of medical and scientific research. Deal Restores Year-Round Pell Grants, Boosts NIH Funding by $2 Billion​Congressional negotiators have reached an agreement on a $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund the federal government for the remainder of FY 2017., Other Associations Express Concern Over Suspension of Federal Data Retrieval Tool​ACE and 25 other higher education associations expressed “grave concern” in a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about the suspension of the IRS data tool that makes the student financial aid application process quicker and more accurate. Education Coalition Urges Congress to Protect, Strengthen Federal Investment in Student Aid​ACE is among the 576 organizations and higher education institutions sending a letter to Congress urging members to protect the federal student loan program and strengthen Pell Grants. Request Congress Finalize Funding for FY 2017Thirty-five groups, including ACE, wrote to congressional leaders encouraging them to finalize work on the FY 2017 appropriations process “in the most expedient and least disruptive way” and opposing the cuts to student aid and research proposed by the Trump administration., Other Groups Call on FCC to Uphold Net Neutrality Rules​ACE and a number of other organizations sent a letter March 29 to Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai outlining a set of net neutrality principles they recommend should form the basis of any review of the FCC’s Open Internet Order. Education Leaders Send Letter About Dreamers to President Trump​More than 560 college and university presidents sent a letter March 16 to President Trump in support of the “Dreamers,” a group of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Budget Proposes Deep Cuts for Student Aid, Research FundingWhile the "skinny budget" does not contain detailed information on all programs, what was identified would represent the largest cuts to student aid and research funding proposed in decades. Summary Outlines Revised Travel Ban’s Potential Impact on Higher Education​President Trump signed a new executive order March 6 outlining his revised immigration travel ban, which aims to address the range of legal issues with the original order signed on Jan. 27. by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on President Trump’s Revised Travel BanIn response to the Trump administration’s second travel ban, an effort to clarify the first executive order issued on Jan. 27. Issues New Travel Ban, Clarifies Potential Impact on Student Visa HoldersACE President Molly Corbett Broad says that while a step in the right direction, the order still creates a climate where it is hard to view the United States as a welcoming place for study and research. Confirmed as Secretary of Education; Higher Education Agenda Largely Unknown​Betsy DeVos, a wealthy Republican advocate and donor to K-12 charter schools and voucher programs, was confirmed by the Senate yesterday as the new secretary of education. Tell DHS Secretary About Critical Role International Students and Scholars Play in the U.S.​Six hundred college and university presidents have written to the secretary of Homeland Security, expressing concern about President Trump’s order imposing a 90-day travel ban on seven Muslim countries and freezing refugee admissions. Write Homeland Security Secretary on Maintaining U.S. as Destination of Choice for International Students, ScholarsACE and 50 other higher education associations have written to Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly to offer assistance with the challenges the department faces in connection with international students, faculty and scholars. Panel Questions DeVos in Contentious Confirmation Hearing for Education Secretary​While Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next secretary of education, offered little clarity around her views on higher education, her responses to several questions did hint at what the agency’s higher education agenda might look like in the future, should she be confirmed., Higher Education Groups Back BRIDGE Act for DACA RecipientsSens. Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin have introduced a bill to provide temporary relief from deportation and employment authorization for recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status and DACA-eligible individuals. Releases Brief on the Post-Election Climate for the DACA Program, “Sanctuary Campuses”Amid uncertainty about the future of the nation’s immigration laws under the Trump administration, ACE has released a new issue brief that can help frame the discussion about these questions and concerns. Judge Blocks Obama Administration's Overtime Pay Rule​A federal district judge in Texas last week at least temporarily blocked the Department of Labor’s overtime rule set to go into effect Dec. 1, a decision that could have a substantial impact on colleges and universities. Department Releases Final Borrower Defense RegulationsThe new rules apply a uniform federal standard for the handling of student loan discharges in cases where borrowers assert fraud or abuse by institutions., Higher Education Groups: Restore Year-Round Pell Grants​ACE and 33 other higher education groups sent a letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders expressing strong support for restoring year-round Pell Grants in any spending bill they devise for the rest of FY 2017., Education Groups Submit Brief to Connecticut Supreme Court in Study Abroad Liability LawsuitACE, along with 23 higher education and independent schools associations, has submitted a brief to the Connecticut Supreme Court in the so-called Hotchkiss School “tick-bite case,” a study abroad liability suit. Department Releases Final Teacher Preparation Regulations​The regulations require states to report on and rate programs using a number of measures including student learning outcomes, placement and retention rates and feedback from graduates and their employers. Court Denies Petitions To Hear NCAA v. O'Bannon​The U.S. Supreme Court has denied requests by both parties to review last year’s federal appeals court decision in O’Bannon v. NCAA, a case involving federal antitrust laws and restrictions on the compensation of intercollegiate athletes. Supports Legislation Promoting Equal Access to Education for Students with Disabilities​ACE believes that equal access to higher education for students with disabilities is a critical issue, and strongly supports the Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education (AIM HE) Act., Groups Submit Testimony on Endowments to House Ways & Means Subcommittee​ACE and six other higher education associations submitted testimony for the record last week to the House Ways & Means Oversight Subcommittee as a follow-up to a Sept. 13 hearing on college and university endowments and their potential impact on areas such as college access and affordability. by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on C-RAC’s New Review PolicyStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions' new review policy, which will further scrutinize institutions with low graduation rates., Associations Urge Permanent Solution to Graduate Student Health Insurance IssueIn a letter to three federal agencies, the groups urge permanent guidance that will allow universities to continue providing subsidized health insurance plans for their graduate students under the Affordable Care Act. Comment on Proposed Rules for State Oversight of Distance Education​​ACE and a group of 17 higher education associations submitted comments to the Education Department on the proposed regulations on state authorization requirements for postsecondary distance education. by ACE Vice President and General Counsel Peter McDonough on NLRB’s Columbia University RulingThe National Labor Relations Board has ruled 3-1 that students who work as teaching or research assistants at private colleges and universities are employees and eligible to be unionized., Higher Education Associations Comment on Proposed Borrower Defenses Regulations​ACE and a group of 13 other higher education associations have submitted comments on proposed regulations for discharge of federal loans when colleges have defrauded students. Infographic Highlights the Federal Perkins Loan ProgramSee the latest installment in the ACE Center for Policy and Research Strategy's Higher Ed Spotlight series, which covers relevant and timely issues of interest to higher education stakeholders. CPRS' Research Informs Pressing Issues in Higher EducationCPRS produces papers, briefs, blog posts, infographics and convenings that explore emergent practices with an emphasis on solutions for an evolving higher education landscape and changing American demographic. of Education Proposes Rules on Oversight of Online Courses​The proposed regulations on state authorization requirements for postsecondary distance education outline how colleges and universities that offer online education programs to students in other states should be regulated. Memo Outlines Rules Governing Political Activity on CampusACE’s memo on Political Campaign-Related Activities of and at Colleges and Universities can help campuses learn more about the appropriate ways to become involved in elections. Committee Passes FY 2017 Education Appropriations Bill​The full House Committee on Appropriations voted 31-19 July 14 to approve the FY 2017 spending bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, which does not restore year-round Pell Grants. Approves Five Higher Education Bills​The House has passed five higher education bills that aim to improve the financial aid process, enhance consumer information and strengthen federal programs that support the work of minority-serving institutions. Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY 2017 Labor-HHS-Education BillThe House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education has approved its spending bill for FY 2017. The bill does not restore year-round Pell Grants. ACE Webcast on Impact of Federal Overtime Regulation on Higher Education Now Available​The June 17 ACE webcast discussing the potential challenges campuses will face in implementing the new Fair Labor Standards Act overtime pay regulation is now archived and available for free viewing. Ask Administration to Clarify Graduate Student Health Coverage Rules​Sen. Charles Schumer and a group of 16 Democratic senators sent a letter last week to the Obama administration on the need to develop a permanent solution to allow graduate students to receive subsidized student health insurance coverage. Court Affirms Constitutionality of UT Admissions Policy​​The U.S. Supreme Court on June 23 issued its long-awaited decision in the second hearing of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (UT), voting 4-3 to uphold UT’s diversity in admissions policy. President Molly Corbett Broad Statement on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin DecisionThe U.S. Supreme Court has voted 4-3 to uphold the University of Texas at Austin's consideration of race and ethnicity in college admissions. Committee Approves Five Bills in Move Toward Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act​The House Education and the Workforce Committee has approved five higher education measures focused on improving the financial aid process, enhancing consumer information and strengthening federal programs that support the work of minority-serving institutions. Appropriations Bill Restores Year-Round Pell, Increases NIH Funding​The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations subcommittee yesterday approved a $162 billion funding bill for FY 2017 that restores year-round Pell Grants and increases the maximum grant award from $5,815 to $5,935. Releases Issue Brief to Help Institutions Prepare for New Federal Overtime Rule​Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor released its long-anticipated final rule on overtime pay. This issue brief will help campuses prepare before the new rule goes into effect on Dec. 1. Webinar on Providing Subsidized Student Health Insurance to Graduate Students Now Available​A free video and powerpoint slides are now available of the May 12 ACE webinar exploring whether helping graduate students pay for student health insurance could trigger penalties for colleges and universities under the Affordable Care Act. Releases Brief on New Federal Guidance on Transgender StudentsThe issue brief helps colleges and universities understand their responsibilities to transgender students under the new guidance documents issued by the ​Departments of Education and Justice. Federal Overtime Rule Could Have Significant Impact on Higher EducationThe Department of Labor's final rule on overtime pay establishes a new threshold of $47,476 a year for those working more than 40 hours a week to be eligible for overtime compensation. by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Department of Labor’s FLSA Overtime RegulationColleges and universities are major employers in many communities around the country, offering stable jobs with good wages and benefits to millions of individuals from many professions and walks of life. Comments on Distance Education Provisions in Teacher Preparation Regulations​Along with five other presidential higher education associations, ACE submitted comments to the Education Department on the distance education provisions in its proposed teacher preparation program rules., Associations Urge Congress to Preserve Pell Surplus, DoD Research FundingThe groups sent a letter expressing strong opposition to any effort to take funds from the Pell Grant Program to use for other purposes in the FY 2017 Labor-HHS appropriations bills. Report: Federal Aid Rarely Affects Tuition Policy at Colleges and Universities​A new monograph written for ACE finds little evidence that increases in federal financial aid drive up college tuition, and that institutions rarely rely on federal aid as a rationale to give out less of their own institutional aid. Releases Memo on Campus Political Campaign ActivitiesWith the 2016 presidential election in full swing, ACE has reissued its memo on Political Campaign-Related Activities of and at Colleges and Universities. BUZZ: President Releases Budget for FY 2017, Requests Funding for America’s College Promise Program​President Obama released the final budget request of his presidency yesterday, requesting a total of $69.4 billion for the Department of Education for FY 2017. Poised to Reinstate Perkins Loan Program​Congress is poised this week to reinstate the Federal Perkins Loan Program, which expired on Oct. 1. The Senate today approved a bill renewing the program for two years, although with restrictions that will raise costs for many borrowers. The House is expected to follow suit on Thursday. Court Takes a Second Look at UT's Admissions PolicyThe U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Dec. 9 in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (UT), a case that focuses on UT’s limited use of race in its admissions process. Loan Supporters Push for Reinstatement of the Program​ACE, 53 higher education organizations and 535 colleges and universities are requesting a one-year extension of the Perkins Loan Program, which expired on Oct. 1. Ask Congress to Prioritize Higher Education in FY 2016 Labor-HHS Spending BillACE and a group of 21 higher education associations ask for higher education be made a priority as appropriations committees move forward on the remaining spending bills for the 2016 fiscal year. of Education Announces Accreditation Plans​The Department of Education has released a package of measures designed to enhance higher education accreditation, part of the administration’s push to make accreditors focus more on student outcomes. by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Department of Education's Accreditation PlanThere is no question that accreditors are being called upon to watch institutions—especially low-performing schools—more carefully and the Department of Education’s action comes in response to that imperative., Higher Education Groups Submit Brief to Supreme Court for Second Hearing of Fisher v. UT-AustinThe U.S. Supreme Court will rehear the case on the University of Texas at Austin's diversity in admissions policy Dec. 9. Ways and Means Hearing Looks at Higher Education Costs and Tax Policy​ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle was among the witnesses before a House Ways and Means subcommittee hearing on the role federal tax policy plays in controlling college costs. Court Rules Against Payments for Student-AthletesThe Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday issued a long-awaited ruling in the closely watched O’Bannon v. NCAA class-action antitrust lawsuit. by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Ninth Circuit’s Ruling in O’Bannon v. NCAAStudent-athletes are first and foremost students, and transforming them into paid professionals would harm the quality of their overall educational experience. Passes Bill to Extend Perkins Loan ProgramThe House has passed a bipartisan bill to extend the Perkins Loan Program through October 2016. The program is set to expire Oct. 1 barring action by the Senate. by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the AAU Sexual Assault Climate SurveyColleges and universities are working extremely hard to prevent sexual violence on campus, and climate surveys are one potentially valuable tool in these efforts. by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the White House’s “Prior-Prior Year” AnnouncementThe White House has announced that the federal government allow students to apply for financial aid based on their family’s income from two years earlier instead of the immediately previous year, a concept known as “prior-prior year.” by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Department of Education’s Revised College ScorecardThe Department of Education has unveiled its new College Scorecard website, the tool it is offering in place of the administration's plan to rate colleges. BUZZ: White House Releases College Scorecard, Announces FAFSA Changes​The Obama administration announced two major initiatives over the weekend: The launch of the new College Scorecard website, and a major step toward FAFSA simplification in the form of “prior-prior year” income data. Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Sexual AssaultA House subcommittee yesterday held the latest in its series of hearings to discuss issues related to reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, this time to deliberate on preventing and responding to sexual assault on campus. Dismisses Northwestern Football Players’ Unionization BidThe National Labor Relations Board has ended an attempt by Northwestern University football players to unionize. In a unanimous ruling, the NLRB declined to assert jurisdiction in the case. by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the National Labor Relations Board’s Decision in the Northwestern Student-Athlete Unionization CaseNLRB has ended an attempt by Northwestern University football players to unionize. by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on Hillary Clinton’s Student Loan PlanHillary Clinton has rolled out a $350 billion proposal designed to help millions pay for college and reduce interest rates for people with student loans. Court: $41.5 Million Jury Award in Study-Abroad Case Could Discourage School TripsThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has issued a decision in the so-called Hotchkiss School “tick-bite case,” a study-abroad liability suit in which ACE submitted an amicus brief last year. HELP Committee Holds Hearing on Campus Sexual AssaultThe Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing July 29 on campus sexual assault, one in a series of panels the committee has held in conjunction with its work on Higher Education Act reauthorization. Passes Need-Based Education Aid ActThe House of Representatives yesterday voted unanimously to approve the Need-Based Educational Aid Act of 2015 (S. 1482), sending the bill to President Obama for his expected signature. Releases Groundbreaking Report on Race, Class, and College AccessNew report examines contemporary admissions practices at four-year colleges and universities across a wide range of selectivity in the context of recent legal challenges to race-conscious admissions. Appeals Court: Legality of Unpaid Internships Depends on Educational Value of WorkA federal appeals court has agreed that unpaid internships can be legal if the students are gaining an educational benefit from the work, a positive ruling for the ability of employers and higher education institutions to continue to offer students these opportunities. by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the U.S. Supreme Court Granting Review in Fisher v. University of TexasThe U.S. Supreme Court has again agreed to hear a legal challenge to the race-conscious admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin, first decided by the court in 2013. Moves Forward on Education FundingThe House and Senate appropriations committees both passed their FY 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education bills this week, and the results were somewhat mixed for higher education. Department Scales Back Plan to Rate CollegesThe Department of Education (ED) announced yesterday that it has scaled back the planned Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS) first announced by President Obama in August 2013. by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on Department of Education's Ratings PlanThe Department of Education is now planning a consumer-oriented website that will not include a scoring system or any evaluations of colleges. Clears the Way for Education Department’s Gainful Employment RegulationA federal judge has cleared the way for the Education Department’s gainful employment regulation, part of the administration’s efforts to ensure that individuals who enroll in career training programs can repay their student loans. Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY 2016 Education Spending BillThe House Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, has approved a FY 2016 spending measure that might best be characterized as better news than expected for higher education. HELP Hearing on College Affordability Focuses on Declines in State FundingA Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on ensuring college affordability focused on the continuing pattern of state disinvestment in higher education and the direct impact it has on college costs, student debt loads and access to higher education. and Diversity Collaborative Issues SyllabusDesigned to map relevant issues about campus diversity and direct institutions to important resources that can help them understand these issues, develop effective policies and mitigate legal risk., Higher Education Groups Comment on Data Transparency-Consumer Information PaperRead ACE's comments to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee about Sen. Lamar Alexander’s policy paper on Federal Postsecondary Data Transparency and Consumer Information. Passes FY 2016 Budget ResolutionThe plan cuts more than $5 trillion in spending from nearly all federal government agencies over the next decade, including $496 billion from the overall pool of funds for student aid, scientific research and institutional support., Higher Education Groups Comment on Alexander Accreditation Policy PaperRead comments from ACE and a group of 28 higher education associations and regional accreditors on Sen. Lamar Alexander’s (R-TN) policy paper on accreditation. Proposals Would Have Negative Consequences for Students and InstitutionsSenate HELP Committee proposals to add risk and cost for institutions participating in federal financial aid programs would penalize all students and institutions in attempt to address the behaviors of a handful of bad actors. to Save Student Aid LaunchesThe Student Aid Alliance launches a campaign to increase awareness and spur action against congressional threats to curtail federal student aid programs. Begins Work on FY 2016 Budget​Congress took the first major step toward a FY 2016 budget last week with the passage of budget resolutions in the House and the Senate, both of which propose to greatly restrict available funding for student aid and research. Proposes Student Aid Bill of Rights​President Obama, in a visit yesterday to Georgia Tech, announced a plan to streamline the system for servicing federal student loans. by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on President Obama’s Student Loan PlanThe president's proposed "Student Aid Bill of Rights" would streamline the system for servicing student loans., Higher Education Groups Support Schumer Tax Credit BillACE and 11 other higher education associations sent a letter Feb. 27 to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) in support of his recently introduced bill to make a number of important reforms to the American Opportunity Tax Credit and Lifetime Learning Credit. HELP Committee Hears From Regulation Task Force Co-Chairs​A Senate panel heard testimony yesterday from the two chancellors who co-chaired the Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education, which released a report Feb. 12 examining how the federal oversight of colleges and universities has expanded in recent years., Higher Education Groups Support Regulatory Relief ActBipartisan legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate to block some of the most controversial Department of Education regulations that impact colleges and universities., Higher Education Groups: Administration’s College Ratings Plan Framework Is Not FeasibleIn comments to the Department of Education, they urge other routes to achieve the goals of better consumer information and stronger accountability. Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education Releases Report​The bipartisan group of U.S. senators that created the Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education has released a report examining how the federal oversight of higher education has evolved and expanded over the years. Force on Federal Regulation of Higher EducationThe Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education has concluded its work and on Feb. 12, 2015, released a report examining how the federal oversight of higher education has evolved and expanded over the years. to Exempt Student Workers From the Affordable Care Act Reintroduced in the House​ACE and a group of seven higher education associations are endorsing a bill that would exempt full-time students from the ACA's employer mandate, which requires large employers to offer health insurance plans to employees working 30 hours a week or more. Outlines Proposal for Strong Network Neutrality ProtectionsFCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced the outlines of a proposal to protect network neutrality that, if approved, will have a significant impact on higher education institutions.’s Proposed FY 2016 Budget Focuses on Higher Education​President Obama's budget request for FY 2016 calls for increasing federal spending on many higher education programs, including his proposal for two free years of community college nationwide. Teacher Preparation Regulations Will Undo Progress Made to Improve Program Quality​In comments to the Education Department, ACE and 30 other higher education groups write that the proposed rules for teacher prep programs will worsen existing challenges and undo progress made by states and institutions to improve program quality., Higher Education Groups Say Tax Bill Important to Increasing College Access​ACE and a group of nine higher education associations sent a letter yesterday to Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) strongly endorsing his American Opportunity Tax Credit Act of 2015, which makes important reforms to the AOTC and Lifetime Learning Credit. Innovation Act Would Implement Much-Needed Visa Reforms​A bipartisan group of senators have introduced a visa reform bill designed to expand the ability of high-skilled workers to live and work in the United States. Presents Community College Proposal as Part of Broader “Middle Class Economics” Plan​President Obama discussed his proposal for two years of free community college as necessary to secure the nation’s future in a “21st century economy that rewards knowledge like never before.” Approves Terrorism Risk Insurance Reauthorization Bill​Congress approved legislation last week to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, which expired Dec. 31. TRIA is a significant issue for universities, especially those with DI athletic programs or major DoD labs. President Molly Corbett Broad's Statement on President Obama’s Community College InitiativePresident Obama has presented an extremely bold proposal, a potential game-changer that could encourage millions more students to consider, apply and enroll in postsecondary education. BUZZ: President Obama Proposes Two Years of Free Community CollegePresident Obama today outlined an ambitious proposal to make community college tuition-free nationwide in a speech at Knoxville’s Pellissippi State Community College., Higher Education Groups Say Cost Estimates for Teacher Prep Rules “Unrealistically Low”Read about the comments sent by ACE and a group of 22 higher education associations sent to OMB on the cost implications of the Education Department's proposed regulations for teacher preparation programs. of Education Releases Status Report on Ratings System PlanThe Department of Education Friday released the “draft framework” of the agency’s planned college ratings system. President Molly Corbett Broad on the Department of Education’s College Ratings Framework​The Department of Education has worked hard and engaged in extensive consultation to produce a thoughtful report on the status of its planned ratings system. However, in reality this is a status report on the beginning of a conceptual framework. Extends Tax Credits Important to Higher Education, Fails to Act on Terrorism Insurance Program​The Senate yesterday approved an extension of $45 billion in expiring tax incentives, including several major provisions important to higher education before senators left town for the year and formally wrapped up the business of the 113th Congress. Education Funding Remains Flat in FY 2015 Spending BillHigher education funding remains mostly flat under the $1.1 trillion spending bill that funds most federal agencies through the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, 2015. College and University EndowmentsA new ACE publication outlines the importance of these funds in helping institutions support their educational missions and answers frequently asked questions about their purpose and use. Uncertainty on Federal Spending Bill, a Potential Problem for Pell Grants​As congressional leaders continue to debate funding the federal government for the remainder of the 2015 fiscal year, reports have circulated of a proposal in the Senate to cut $2 billion in Pell Grant funding. President Molly Corbett Broad on the Death of ACE General Counsel Ada MeloyACE mourns the loss of a dear colleague and friend.’s Executive Action on Immigration Reform Expands Deferred Action Program​President Obama has outlined his long-awaited plan for executive action on immigration reform, which includes an expansion of his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, launched in 2012. Files Brief in Appeal of O’Bannon Case​ACE submitted a friend-of-the-court brief Friday in support of the National College Athletic Association’s (NCAA) appeal in the class-action antitrust lawsuit filed by Ed O’Bannon. Hearing Looks at Copyright Issues in Education​A House Judiciary subcommittee today heard testimony on Copyright Issues in Education and for the Visually Impaired as Congress continues to consider whether to revise the Copyright Act, last overhauled in 1976. BUZZ: Education Department Releases Final Gainful Employment Rule​The Department of Education today released the final rule on gainful employment, an effort to ensure that individuals who enroll in career training programs will earn enough money to repay their student loans., Education Groups File Brief in Study Abroad Liability CaseACE, the National Association of Independent Schools and 26 education groups have submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in support of The Hotchkiss School as the institution appeals a federal court ruling in a study-abroad liability case. Use Case Sent Back to Lower CourtThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit issued its opinion Oct. 17 in Cambridge University Press v. Patton, the case challenging the use of various scholarly works in the Georgia State University library’s electronic reserves. Department Issues Final Rules Aimed at Campus Safety​The Department of Education has issued final rules to implement changes to the Clery Act made by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), which President Obama signed into law last year. Education Groups Submit Suggestions for Updating White House Innovation Strategy​ACE and four other higher education associations have submitted comments on updating a 2011 Obama administration policy document, A Strategy for American Innovation. Opens Survey to Admissions and Enrollment Management LeadersThe results will inform a new study to examine how legal challenges to race-conscious admissions have changed contemporary admissions practices. Hill Event Addresses Accountability and Minority-Serving Institutions, StudentsScholars scrutinized the impact of the Obama administration’s proposed college ratings plan and other policies on minority-serving institutions and minority students Tuesday at a Capitol Hill forum hosted by the UCLA Civil Rights Project and cosponsored by ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy, among others. Education Groups Comment on Senate HEA Discussion Draft​ACE and a group of 20 associations have submitted comments to the Senate HELP committee on the Harkin Higher Education Act reauthorization discussion draft., Higher Education Groups Endorse Bills to Exempt Student Workers from Affordable Care Act​ACE and a group of seven higher education associations have sent letters in support of two bills that would exempt full-time students from the ACA’s employer mandate. Bill Includes In-state Tuition ProvisionBoth the House and Senate this week voted overwhelmingly to approve a $16.3-billion compromise bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and speed up veterans' access to healthcare. Introduce Campus Sexual Assault Legislation​A bipartisan group of eight senators, led by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), have unveiled a bill aimed at mitigating sexual assaults on college campuses. Approves HEA Reauthorization, Tax Simplification BillsWith the August recess in sight, the House has approved a package of three Higher Education Act reauthorization bills and the Student and Family Tax Simplification Act. Submits Comments on Changes to the Clery Act​ACE has submitted comments to the Department of Education on proposed regulations to implement changes to the Clery Act made by the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act, which was signed into law last year., Other Organizations File Comments With FCC Stressing Importance of Net NeutralityACE and 10 other organizations emphasized the importance of protecting and promoting an open Internet in comments filed July 18 with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as the agency considers so-called net neutrality rules. Approves Permanent Extension of IRA Charitable Rollover​The House of Representatives last week voted 277-130 to approve the America Gives More Act of 2014 (H.R. 4719), a package of five charitable giving tax provisions, including a permanent extension of the IRA Charitable Rollover. at Austin's Consideration of Race in Admissions Ruled Legal by Appeals CourtA federal appeals court has ruled that the University of Texas at Austin’s use of race as one of many factors in admissions decisions meets the standards set last year by the U.S. Supreme Court. Committee Passes Package of Higher Education Act BillsThe House Education and the Workforce Committee dove headlong into the Higher Education Act last week, passing three bills as the initial legislative action of its reauthorization effort., Other Groups Release Net Neutrality PrinciplesACE and 10 other organizations released a set of “net neutrality” principles last week in support of maintaining the openness of the Internet. Issues Talking Points on Student and Family Tax Simplification ActAlso see the testimony submitted to the Senate Finance Committee for the June 24 hearing on higher education and the tax code. Amicus Brief Supports Northwestern in College Athlete Unionization Case​Students who participate in intercollegiate athletics and receive athletic scholarships are not employees, says the brief filed by ACE and four other higher education groups. Hearing Looks at Efforts to Address Campus Sexual ViolenceThe Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a hearing yesterday on “Sexual Assault on Campus: Working to Ensure Student Safety,” continuing the federal government’s efforts to weigh in on this very sensitive and complex issue. Committee Approves Student and Family Tax Simplification ActThe House Ways and Means Committee voted 22-13 June 24 to approve legislation to consolidate four higher education tax provisions into one. Unveils Bill to Reauthorize the Higher Education ActSenate Democrats have introduced legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA), while House Republicans issue a blueprint that outlines their upcoming HEA bills. BUZZ: Senators Propose Bill to Simplify FAFSASens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) yesterday proposed legislation that eventually could be wrapped into the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). The Financial Aid Simplification and Transparency (FAST) Act, among other provisions, would simplify the 108-question Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Department Issues Proposed Rule on Campus Sexual Assault​The Obama Administration yesterday released a proposed rule to implement changes to the Clery Act under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, which President Obama signed in March 2013. Court Rules HathiTrust Digital Library Is Fair Use​The creation of a full-text searchable book database is a ‘‘quintessentially transformative use’’ of a copyrighted work, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled. President Molly Corbett Broad's Statement on Student Loan Repayment Program ExpansionPresident Obama's decision to expand the "Pay As You Earn" student loan repayment plan is an important step that will make several million more Americans eligible for this generous option. Expands Income-Based Repayment for Student LoansPresident Obama announced a series of executive actions June 9 on federal student loans, including a memorandum directing the expansion of the Pay As You Earn program. Comments on Administration's Proposed Gainful Employment RulesACE weighs in on ED's proposed rules on gainful employment, the administration’s effort to ensure students who enroll in career training programs will earn enough money to repay their student loans. Releases Final MOU for Tuition Assistance ProgramThe Department of Defense has published the final memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the Tuition Assistance program. Colleges and universities will need to sign the MOU to participate in the program. Committee Looks at College Athletes and UnionizationIn the wake of last month’s decision by the NLRB to classify Northwestern University football players as employees, the House Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing May 8 to discuss college athletes and unionization. Success for Student Veterans Focus of House HearingThe House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held a hearing May 8 to look at "Defining and Improving Success for Student Veterans" and the current state of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Urges Congress to Close the Innovation DeficitResearch and development spending in the United States has remained essentially flat over the past decade, while China and South Korea have boosted their investment 90 and 50 percent, respectively. President Molly Corbett Broad's Statement on Report by the White House Sexual Assault Task ForceCollege and university presidents are firmly committed to providing safe, secure environments for their students, said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad in a statement on the Task Force report. Force Issues Recommendations for Responding to Campus Sexual AssaultThe White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault released its first report this morning, which includes new guidelines to help colleges and universities prevent, identify and respond to sexual assault on campus. Memo Gives Guidance for Inviting Federal Officials to CommencementThis memo is designed to help colleges and universities better understand how to comply with federal ethics and reporting requirements when inviting government officials to speak at commencement. BUZZ: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Ban on Considering Race in Admissions, Leaves Fisher Decision IntactThe U.S. Supreme Court issued a major higher education decision yesterday, a 6-2 ruling that reverses the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. President Molly Corbett Broad's Statement on Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action RulingACE President Molly Corbett Broad’s statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the case which sought to overturn Michigan’s ban on considering diversity in college admissions decisions. Joins Brief in Accreditation LawsuitACE signed on to an amicus brief filed Friday in an accreditation case on appeal from a federal district court in Virginia, Professional Massage Training Center v. Accreditation Alliance of Career Schools and Colleges (AACSC). President Molly Corbett Broad's Statement on U.Va. FOIA RulingWe are gratified that the Supreme Court of Virginia recognized the importance of safeguarding the free exchange of ideas that is integral to the academic environment at American colleges and universities. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of U.Va. in FOIA CaseThe Virginia Supreme Court has ruled in favor of U.Va. in its attempt to protect researchers and their work from unwarranted access through the commonwealth’s Freedom of Information Act. Brief Stresses Importance of Internships to College StudentsACE and a group of higher education association filed an amicus brief this week in the high-profile case Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc., which deals with the legality of unpaid internships., Higher Education Associations Comment on Camp Tax Reform PlanACE, along with 10 other higher education associations, sent comments April 4 to Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, on his recently released comprehensive tax reform plan. Reaches Consensus on Draft Rules for New Campus Safety LawThe Department of Education ED panel working on draft regulations for the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE Act) reached consensus on proposed language yesterday in the last of its three negotiated rulemaking sessions. GOP Budget Proposes Freezing Maximum Pell Grant, Cutting $5.1 Trillion in Federal Spending Over 10 YearsThe House Republicans budget proposal for FY 2015 would freeze the maximum Pell Grant award for 10 years and roll back other recent expansions of that program., Higher Education Associations Urge Lawmakers to Extend Tuition Tax Deduction and IRA Charitable RolloverOn behalf of 13 other higher education associations, ACE President Molly Corbett Broad has urged House and Senate tax-writing committee leaders to include extensions of two key higher education provisions in any tax extenders legislation enacted this year., Higher Ed Groups Support Pacific Lutheran in Faculty Unionization CaseACE and six higher education associations have submitted an amicus brief to the National Labor Relations Board in support of Pacific Lutheran University in a case dealing with the unionization of full-time, non-tenure-track instructors. ACE Analysis Scrutinizes Impacts of College Ranking SystemsA new ACE issue brief finds that college rankings often have detrimental effects on institutions and that students—particularly low-income students—do not use them when choosing among their higher education options. Releases New Draft Rules for Career Education ProgramsThe Department of Education has released new draft rules for career education programs, an effort to ensure students who enroll in these programs will earn enough money to repay their student loans., Disrupt, Repeat: The 2014 Atwell LectureUniversity of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman discussed higher education's need to innovate and be more entrepreneurial in the opening address at ACE's 96th Annual Meeting. From ACE's 96th Annual MeetingRead about the speakers, sessions, award winners and more from ACE's 96th Annual Meeting in San Diego. Education Groups Endorse Student Achievement Measure InitiativeNine national higher education organizations have endorsed the Student Achievement Measure (SAM), a collaborative effort by the association community to track student attendance across institutions. Submits Comments to President’s Sexual Assault Task ForceACE and six higher education associations have submitted comments to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, outlining a series of recommendations to consider as it drafts a proposal in response to the president’s call to action. Releases FY 2015 Budget ProposalPresident Obama's budget request for FY 2015 calls for new money to provide bonuses to colleges that bolster graduation rates for Pell Grant recipients and help support the development of the administration’s proposed college rating system., 56 Groups Ask IRS to Maintain Current Campaign Activity Rules for Colleges and UniversitiesACE and a group of higher education organizations have submitted comments to the IRS in response to the agency's query about whether proposed restrictions​ on campaign-related activities should be extended to 501(c)(3) organizations. Urges Congress to Close the Innovation DeficitA coalition of 14 business, higher education, and scientific organizations has launched a video that urges Congress to “Close the Innovation Deficit” with strong federal investments in research and higher education. Ask Appropriations Leaders to Restore Higher Education Funding in FY 2015ACE and 16 other higher education groups sent a letter yesterday to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders requesting higher education funding be increased in the FY 2015 spending bills the committees soon will begin drafting., Higher Education Leaders Write House in Support of Immigration ReformACE President Molly Corbett Broad and the leaders of 14 other higher education associations sent a letter Feb. 12 to the House urging it to move forward on immigration reform. Releases Guidance on Health Care Coverage for Adjuncts and Student WorkersThe Obama administration has released final guidance on how colleges and universities should calculate the hours of adjunct faculty and student workers under the Affordable Care Act. Education Groups Respond to Obama Administration's College Ratings PlanRead comments from ACE and 24 higher education associations on the Obama administration's proposed Postsecondary Institution Ratings System. Resources Available for Collaborations Between Multicultural Education and Internationalization​The At Home in the World Toolkit is a collection of videos, graphics and other resources on the overlap between diversity and international education initiatives at colleges and universities. BUZZ: President Focuses on Job Training, Economic Growth in State of the UnionIn his fifth State of the Union address, the president continued his well established focus on the transformative nature of education and its ability to improve the nation’s economy and people’s lives. Creates Task Force on Campus Sexual AssaultPresident Obama vows to work with colleges and universities on strategies to keep students safe and help “put those plans into practice.” BUZZ: Congressional Negotiators Release Omnibus Spending BillAmong the provisions in the final FY 2014 omnibus spending package are increases for research and student aid programs that begin to restore spending to pre-sequestration levels. President Molly Corbett Broad's Statement on Boycotts of Israeli Academic InstitutionsSeveral scholarly associations have voted on formal motions to boycott activities involving faculty and staff at Israeli academic institutions. Such actions are misguided and greatly troubling, as they strike at the heart of academic freedom. President Molly Corbett Broad's Statement on the Gallup-Purdue IndexThe Gallup-Purdue Index is a promising new addition in our continuing efforts to advance the understanding of the benefits of higher education. Submits Amicus Brief in U.Va. FOIA CaseACE filed an amicus brief yesterday in the Supreme Court of Virginia in the case of American Tradition Institute v. the University of Virginia. BUZZ: House, Senate Negotiators Reach Deal on Federal BudgetBudget negotiators have announced a bipartisan deal to set spending levels for the federal government through FY 2015 and partially replace sequestration cuts with other savings. Education Groups Urge Budget Committee to Support Education and ResearchACE and 34 higher education groups ask congressional committees to eliminate sequestration cuts and prioritize investment in higher education and research. v. UT Admissions Case Returns to Lower Court; ACE Submits BriefACE and a group of 41 higher education associations yesterday submitted another brief in the ongoing diversity in admissions case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (UT). Board: Tuition Increases Slow, Grant Aid Is Not Keeping UpThe College Board released its annual “trends” reports this morning, and the findings represent a mixed picture for college costs and student aid.