Letter to Education Deputy Secretary Mitchell M. Zais Requesting Clarification on Foreign Gift Reporting Requirements
Published: July 12, 2019

ACE a​nd six other higher education associations sent this letter to Department of Education (ED) Deputy Secretary Mitchell M. Zais regarding the agency's reply​ to requests for clarification on Section 117 of the Higher Education Act, which requires colleges and universities to report foreign gifts. 

This latest letter expresses dissatisfaction with ED’s reply, saying it seems to suggest the department “plans to enforce vague, incomplete, confusing, and obsolete guidance” without issuing any clarification, despite being asked to do so by two previous letters.

Along with ACE, associations signing the letter include:

  • American Association of Community Colleges
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • Association of American Universities
  • Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
  • Council on Governmental Relations
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universitie​​s