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President to President
Molly Corbett Broad's weekly email newsletter to higher education leaders.

President to President, May 9-13, 2011

Vol. 12, No. 17

  • DREAM Act Reintroduced in Senate
  • Webinar Next Week on Higher Education Issues in Washington
  • Higher Education Associations Ask Administration to Help Libyan Students in United States
  • IN BRIEF: Apply Now for Advancing to the Presidency; CAO-CFO Workshop Scheduled for August

Immigration was the big focus in Washington this week, with the Obama administration and Senate Democrats preparing to tackle part of this complex issue by renewing calls for the passage of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.

President Obama endorsed the DREAM Act on Tuesday in a wide-ranging speech on immigration in El Paso, Texas, arguing that it makes no sense to punish DREAM-eligible young people—who know no other home than the United States—for the actions of their parents. The following day, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) reintroduced the perennial piece of legislation in the Senate, the only immigration-related bill Congress currently is ready to debate. The measure would provide a path to citizenship for immigrants who were brought to the United States as young children and who want to pursue higher education or military service.

The criteria are similar to past DREAM Act bills—students would have a chance to earn legal status if they:

  • Came to the United States as children (15 or younger),
  • Are long-term U.S. residents (continuous physical presence for at least five years),
  • Have good moral character,
  • Graduate from high school or earn a GED credential, and
  • Complete two years of college or military service in good standing.

You might remember that the DREAM Act was one of the measures Congress tried to pass in the lame-duck session of the 111th Congress last December. The House approved the bill, but it subsequently stalled in the Senate after several attempts to get the 60 votes needed to shut off debate and move the measure to a vote.

Although the DREAM Act has always had and retains some bipartisan support, the 112th Congress is decidedly less inclined to approve any immigration legislation at this point. However, ACE has been a long-time advocate and has championed each incarnation of the bill, and we will support this version. I will keep you updated as the process moves along.

I hope you or a member of your team are planning to join us next week for a webinar on what's going on in Washington and how the current legislative and regulatory climate might affect your campus.

"An Update on Federal Legislation, Regulation and Budget Issues Impacting Colleges and Universities" is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17, from 1-2:30 p.m. EDT. Senior Vice President Terry Hartle and I will be joined for the discussion by Jason Delisle, director of the Federal Education Budget Project for the New America Foundation, and Jennifer Blum, partner and vice chair of the Government and Regulatory Affairs Practice Group for Drinker Biddle.

For more information and to register, see the ACE website.

Last week I discussed the efforts to assist the 2,000 Libyan nationals studying in the United States who have been left with no financial support since the United Nations Security Council froze Libyan assets on Feb. 28.

ACE sent a letter Tuesday to the departments of Homeland Security, Treasury and State seeking financial and regulatory relief for these students. If the Obama administration unfreezes Libyan assets for humanitarian purposes, as they have proposed, we've asked that some funds be set aside for these students. We also have requested the administration to consider allowing the Libyan students whose visas are about to expire to temporarily remain in the United States.

This issue is starting to get some attention in the media (see The New York Times, MSNBC and The Denver Post), although we have not yet heard anything from the administration.

For more information, see www.nafsa.org/Libya.

IN BRIEF

To help better understand and support the important relationship between chief academic officers and chief financial officers, ACE and the National Association of College and University Business Officers are offering a two-day workshop Aug. 8-9 in Washington, DC. The focus of the workshop will be building an effective partnership, working successfully with the president and developing a shared strategy to take on today's challenges. Click here for more information and to register.

ACE is offering a two-day "boot camp" on the presidential search process, Advancing to the Presidency: A Workshop on Successful Presidential Search and Transition, Oct. 17-18 in Washington, DC. This workshop offers participants face-to-face interactions with search consultants, advice from sitting presidents and insights on contract negotiation, as well as targeted feedback on your CV/résumé, cover letter and recorded mock interviews. Approximately 30 percent of participants have secured a presidency within three years of participating. The deadline for first consideration is July 1. Click here for more information and to register.

Molly Corbett Broad
President of ACE