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  • Budget and Appropriations

    July 18, 2016

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    House 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.

  • Health Care Reform

    June 27, 2016

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    Senators 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.

  • Law and the Courts

    June 24, 2016


    Supreme 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.

  • Higher Education Act

    June 21, 2016

    Letter on Package of House Higher Education Act Bills

    Letter to Reps. John Kline (R-MN) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) of the House Education and the Workforce Committee on the package of higher education legislation the committee will consider on June 22.

  • Budget and Appropriations

    June 8, 2016

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    Senate 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.

  • Labor and Employment

    May 26, 2016

    Issue Brief: U.S. Department of Labor Issues FLSA’s New Overtime Rule

    On May 23, the U.S. Department of Labor released its long-anticipated final rule on overtime pay, which will have a significant impact on colleges and universities nationwide. This issue brief on the new rule will help institutions prepare for when it goes into effect on Dec. 1.



​​​The 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. The Task Force was formed in fall 2013​ by a bipartisan group of senators​, including Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Richard Burr (R-NC) and was co-chaired by William E. Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, and Nicholas Zeppos, chancellor of Vanderbilt University (TN).

Accreditation Task Force ReportACE’s National Task Force on Institutional Accreditation released a report in 2012, urging the higher education community to strengthen and improve the quality and public accountability of the accreditation process. The task force, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was co-chaired by University of Richmond (VA) President Edward Ayers and Association of American Universities President Emeritus Robert Berdahl. Members included presidents and chancellors from public and private, nonprofit and for-profit, two-year and four-year institutions, along with accrediting agency officials and other experts.


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  • Steven Bloom

    Director, Government Relations

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

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    Jon Fansmith

    Director, Government Relations

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

  • 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 Meehan

    Director, Government Relations

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

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    Dan Madzelan

    Assistant Vice President, Government Relations

    Federal policy, federal student aid, legislative issues