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  • Higher Education Act

    August 29, 2014

    Comments on the Harkin Higher Education Act Reauthorization Discussion Draft

    Letter to Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, on the discussion draft for the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

  • Higher Education Act

    October 30, 2014

    THURSDAY 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.

  • Law and the Courts

    October 21, 2014

    Fair Use Case Sent Back to Lower Court

    The 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.

  • Law and the Courts

    October 21, 2014

    Amicus Brief: Munn v. The Hotchkiss School

    Submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, this brief supports the Hotchkiss School in its appeal of a lower court ruling that awarded $41.75 million to the plaintiff for allegedly suffering a tick bite while on a study-abroad trip.

  • Higher Education Act

    September 16, 2014

    Analysis of the 2014 TEACH Act

    Summary and analysis of the proposed Technology, Equality and Accessibility in College and Higher Education Act (TEACH Act), which is intended to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to instructional technology used by a postsecondary school.

  • Law and the Courts

    September 5, 2014

    Summary: The Campus Accountability and Safety Act

    Summary and analysis on the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA) (S. 2692), introduced by Sen. Claire McCaskill and cosponsors on July 30, 2014.



​​​The Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education, formed in 2013​ by a bipartisan group of senators, is conducting an in-depth study of the federal regulations affecting colleges and universities, with a focus on regulations stemming from the Higher Education Act and, more broadly, the Department of Education. The senators appointed 16 higher education leaders to be a part of the Task Force, and asked William Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, and Nicholas Zeppos, chancellor of Vanderbilt University (TN), to serve as co-chairs. ​

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ACE Advocacy Contacts

  • Steven Bloom

    Director, Federal Relations

    Tax issues, college costs, endowments, health care reform & student health insurance, higher education finance, immigration, labor & employment

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    Jon Fansmith


    Budget & appropriations, federal student aid

  • Terry Hartle

    Senior Vice President, ACE

    Accreditation, college costs, federal policy, federal student aid, higher education finance, immigration, legislative issues, tuition

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    Anne Hickey

    Director, Government Relations

    Budget & appropriations, federal policy, federal student aid, legislative issues

  • Dan Madzelan

    Dan Madzelan

    Associate Vice President

    Federal policy, federal student aid, legislative issues

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    Ada Meloy

    General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel

    Legal issues in higher education, academic freedom, admissions, discrimination issues, tenure, university governance