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  • Racial/Ethnic Minority Students

    July 5, 2018

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    Education Department Reverses Obama-era Guidance on Diversity in Admissions

    The Trump administration has rescinded a number of Obama-era guidance documents that outlined how colleges can consider race as a factor in admissions, a move ACE President Ted Mitchell said sent “precisely the wrong message to institutions that are committed to following four decades of Supreme Court precedent.”

  • Law and the Courts

    June 26, 2018

    Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the U.S. Supreme Court's Travel Ban Ruling

    In the current climate of harsh rhetoric on immigration, the travel ban contributes to the perception that this country is no longer a welcoming place for study and research by the world’s best and brightest international scholars and students.

  • Immigration

    June 20, 2018

    Letter to Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen on Immigrant Family Separation

    ACE President Ted Mitchell sent a letter June 20, 2018 to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen to oppose the policy of separating immigrant children from their parents when families are apprehended at the border.

  • Immigration

    June 20, 2018

    Letter Urging a Permanent Solution for DACA in House Immigration Legislation

    ACE, along with nine other higher education associations, sent a letter June 20 to Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, expressing appreciation for efforts made in the House to provide a legislative solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018.

  • Student Mobility

    June 6, 2018

    Joint Statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee for Student Visa Integrity Hearing

    ACE, together with the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities, and the Council on Governmental Relations sent a joint statement June 6 to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration, regarding the “Student Visa Integrity: Protecting Educational Opportunity and National Security” hearing.

  • Immigration

    April 13, 2018

    Letter to the Department of Homeland Security on Processing DACA Renewals

    ACE and 36 other higher education associations sent this letter to the Department of Homeland Security April 13 advocating for timely processing of all DACA renewal applications.



Tax Reform and Higher Education: What Students, Families, and Institutions Need to KnowThe Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law by President Trump on Dec. 22, 2017. Throughout November and December 2017, a coalition of higher education associations advocated for changes to the House and Senate bills to preserve the education benefits that help millions of middle- and lower-income students and families finance a college education. This page served as a repository for resources to explain the issues at stake and help the higher education community share their views and concerns about the legislation with lawmakers.

The Student Athlete, Academic Integrity and Intercollegiate AthleticsThe Student-Athlete, Academic Integrity and Intercollegiate Athletics recommends practices for aligning academic values and athletics programs. The paper stems from an April 22, 2016, ACE Roundtable attended by nearly three dozen higher education leaders, including presidents and chancellors, athletic directors and coaches, conference officials, student-athletes and faculty athletics representatives. It was co-chaired by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad and Georgetown University (DC) President John J. DeGioia, chair of the ACE Board of Directors.​​​

The Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education released a report on Feb. 12, 2015, 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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