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  • Labor and Employment

    May 17, 2016

    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Department of Labor’s FLSA Overtime Regulation

    Colleges 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.

  • Tax Policy

    May 12, 2016

    Letter of Support for the Boost Saving for College Act

    Letter to Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) in support of the Boost Saving for College Act (S. 2869), an effort to help low- and middle-income families start saving for college by enhancing 529 college savings accounts.

  • Higher Education Act

    April 28, 2016

    Comments on the Distance Education Provisions in the Proposed Teacher Preparation Program Regulations

    Comments submitted by ACE and the five other presidential higher education associations to the Department of Education regarding the distance education provisions in the proposed regulations for teacher preparation programs.

  • Budget and Appropriations

    April 14, 2016

    Letter to Appropriations Committee Leaders on the Pell Grant Program Surplus

    Letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees expressing strong opposition to any effort to use funding taken from the Pell Grant program for any other purpose in the FY 2017 Labor-HHS appropriations bills.

  • Law and the Courts

    Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

    Resources on the legal challenges to race-conscious admissions, ACE’s amicus briefs in support of UT and more. The suit, brought by undergraduate Abigail Fisher in 2008, asked that the Court declare the university's race-conscious admissions inconsistent with the 2003 decision in Grutter v. Bollinger, which established that race had an appropriate but limited role in the admissions policies of public universities.

  • Financial Aid

    March 14, 2016

    Federal Financial Aid Policy and College Behavior

    This new monograph by Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman 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.



​​​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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ACE Advocacy Contacts

  • 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

  • Dan Madzelan

    Dan Madzelan

    Assistant Vice President, Government Relations

    Federal policy, federal student aid, legislative issues