ACE Advocacy News - Recent Activityhttps://www.acenet.edu/_layouts/ContentFeedGenerator/ContentFeed.ashx?Feed=RecentAdvocacyActivityView all of the recent Advocacy Activity from ACEen-usCopyright , American Council on Educationdonotreply@ace.eduWed, 23 Apr 2014 06:49:26 -0500ACE News Feeds 1.0http://www.acenet.edu/PublishingImages/264x93-ACE-Print-Logo.jpgACE Advocacy News - Recent Activityhttps://www.acenet.edu/_layouts/ContentFeedGenerator/ContentFeed.ashx?Feed=RecentAdvocacyActivityRecentAdvocacyActivityhttp://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Todays-Top-Higher-Education-News.aspxHEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education NewsIn this morning’s papers, two big stories appeared in many outlets: Lumina Foundation’s announcement that college attainment is on the rise (covered here by The Chronicle of Higher Education) and a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report on private student loans, and what happens in the case of a co-signer’s death (covered here by The New York Times). Also, The Huffington Post has the news that a group of senators has called on the White House for more transparency in college sexual assault investigations. More stories are below:http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Joins-Brief-in-Accreditation-Lawsuit.aspxACE Joins Brief in Accreditation LawsuitACE signed on to an amicus brief filed Friday in an accreditation case on appeal from a federal district court in Virginia, Professional Massage Training Center v. Accreditation Alliance of Career Schools and Colleges (AACSC).http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-Statement-on-U-Va-FOIA-Ruling.aspxACE President Molly Corbett Broad's Statement on U.Va. FOIA RulingWe are gratified that the Supreme Court of Virginia recognized the importance of safeguarding the free exchange of ideas that is integral to the academic environment at American colleges and universities.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Brief-Stresses-Importance-of-Internships-to-College-Students.aspxACE Brief Stresses Importance of Internships to College StudentsACE and a group of higher education association filed an amicus brief this week in the high-profile case Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc., which deals with the legality of unpaid internships.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Associations-Comment-on-Camp-Tax-Reform-Plan.aspxACE, Higher Education Associations Comment on Camp Tax Reform PlanACE, along with 10 other higher education associations, sent comments April 4 to Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, on his recently released comprehensive tax reform plan.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-GOP-Budget-Proposes-Freezing-Maximum-Pell-Grant-Cutting-5-1-Trillion-in-Federal-Spending-Over-10-Years.aspxHouse GOP Budget Proposes Freezing Maximum Pell Grant, Cutting $5.1 Trillion in Federal Spending Over 10 YearsThe House Republicans budget proposal for FY 2015 would freeze the maximum Pell Grant award for 10 years and roll back other recent expansions of that program.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Panel-Reaches-Consensus-on-Draft-Rules-for-New-Campus-Safety-Law.aspxPanel Reaches Consensus on Draft Rules for New Campus Safety LawThe Department of Education ED panel working on draft regulations for the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE Act) reached consensus on proposed language yesterday in the last of its three negotiated rulemaking sessions.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Associations-Urge-Lawmakers-to-Extend-Tuition-Tax-Deduction-and-IRA-Charitable-Rollover.aspxACE, Higher Education Associations Urge Lawmakers to Extend Tuition Tax Deduction and IRA Charitable RolloverOn behalf of 13 other higher education associations, ACE President Molly Corbett Broad has urged House and Senate tax-writing committee leaders to include extensions of two key higher education provisions in any tax extenders legislation enacted this year.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Ed-Groups-Support-Pacific-Lutheran-in-Faculty-Unionization-Case.aspxACE, Higher Ed Groups Support Pacific Lutheran in Faculty Unionization CaseACE and six higher education associations have submitted an amicus brief to the National Labor Relations Board in support of Pacific Lutheran University in a case dealing with the unionization of full-time, non-tenure-track instructors.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/New-ACE-Analysis-Scrutinizes-Impacts-of-College-Ranking-Systems.aspxNew ACE Analysis Scrutinizes Impacts of College Ranking SystemsA new ACE issue brief finds that college rankings often have detrimental effects on institutions and that students—particularly low-income students—do not use them when choosing among their higher education options.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ED-Releases-New-Draft-Rules-for-Career-Education-Programs.aspxED Releases New Draft Rules for Career Education ProgramsThe Department of Education has released new draft rules for career education programs, an effort to ensure students who enroll in these programs will earn enough money to repay their student loans.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/2014-Atwell-Lecture.aspxInnovate, Disrupt, Repeat: The 2014 Atwell LectureUniversity of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman discussed higher education's need to innovate and be more entrepreneurial in the opening address at ACE's 96th Annual Meeting.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/News-From-ACEs-96th-Annual-Meeting.aspxNews From ACE's 96th Annual MeetingRead about the speakers, sessions, award winners and more from ACE's 96th Annual Meeting in San Diego.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Submits-Comments-to-Presidents-Sexual-Assault-Task-Force.aspxACE Submits Comments to President’s Sexual Assault Task ForceACE and six higher education associations have submitted comments to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, outlining a series of recommendations to consider as it drafts a proposal in response to the president’s call to action.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/WEDNESDAY-BUZZ-President-Releases-FY-2015-Budget-Proposal.aspxPresident Releases FY 2015 Budget ProposalPresident Obama's budget request for FY 2015 calls for new money to provide bonuses to colleges that bolster graduation rates for Pell Grant recipients and help support the development of the administration’s proposed college rating system.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Ed-Groups-Ask-IRS-to-Maintain-Current-Campaign-Activity-Rules-for-Colleges-and-Universities.aspxACE, 56 Groups Ask IRS to Maintain Current Campaign Activity Rules for Colleges and UniversitiesACE and a group of higher education organizations have submitted comments to the IRS in response to the agency's query about whether proposed restrictions​ on campaign-related activities should be extended to 501(c)(3) organizations.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Video-Urges-Congress-to-Close-the-Innovation-Deficit-by-Supporting-Federal-Investments-in-Research.aspxVideo Urges Congress to Close the Innovation DeficitA coalition of 14 business, higher education, and scientific organizations has launched a video that urges Congress to “Close the Innovation Deficit” with strong federal investments in research and higher education.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Ed-Groups-Ask-Appropriations-Leaders-to-Restore-Higher-Education-Funding-in-FY-2015.aspxAssociations Ask Appropriations Leaders to Restore Higher Education Funding in FY 2015ACE and 16 other higher education groups sent a letter yesterday to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders requesting higher education funding be increased in the FY 2015 spending bills the committees soon will begin drafting.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Groups-Write-House-in-Support-of-Immigration-Reform.aspxACE, Higher Education Leaders Write House in Support of Immigration ReformACE President Molly Corbett Broad and the leaders of 14 other higher education associations sent a letter Feb. 12 to the House urging it to move forward on immigration reform.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/WEBINAR-Trends-and-Tricky-Issues-Under-the-Fair-Labor-Standards-Act.aspxWEBINAR: Trends and Tricky Issues Under the Fair Labor Standards ActNACUA, in cooperation with ACE and CUPA-HR, will present a webinar Feb. 19 on the current climate of Fair Labor Standards Act litigation on college and university campuses.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Education-Groups-Write-of-Considerable-Controversy-and-Concern-Over-Administrations-College-Ratings-Plan.aspxHigher Education Groups Respond to Obama Administration's College Ratings PlanRead comments from ACE and 24 higher education associations on the Obama administration's proposed Postsecondary Institution Ratings System.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/New-ACE-Resources-Available-for-On-Campus-Collaborations-on-Multicultural-Education-and-Internationalization.aspxNew Resources Available for Collaborations Between Multicultural Education and Internationalization​The At Home in the World Toolkit is a collection of videos, graphics and other resources on the overlap between diversity and international education initiatives at colleges and universities.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/WEDNESDAY-BUZZ-President-Focuses-on-Job-Training-Economic-Growth-in-State-of-the-Union.aspxWEDNESDAY BUZZ: President Focuses on Job Training, Economic Growth in State of the UnionIn his fifth State of the Union address, the president continued his well established focus on the transformative nature of education and its ability to improve the nation’s economy and people’s lives.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/President-Creates-Task-Force-on-Campus-Sexual-Assault.aspxPresident Creates Task Force on Campus Sexual AssaultPresident Obama vows to work with colleges and universities on strategies to keep students safe and help “put those plans into practice.”http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/TUESDAY-BUZZ-Congressional-Negotiators-Release-Omnibus-Spending-Bill-Includes-Boost-for-NIH-Student-Aid.aspxTUESDAY BUZZ: Congressional Negotiators Release Omnibus Spending BillAmong the provisions in the final FY 2014 omnibus spending package are increases for research and student aid programs that begin to restore spending to pre-sequestration levels.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Workshop-Scheduled-on-Addressing-Student-Sexual-Misconduct.aspxWorkshop Scheduled on Addressing Student Sexual MisconductThe National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), in cooperation with ACE and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, will hold a workshop Feb. 28-March 1 in Miami on “Student Sexual Misconduct: Addressing Institutional Culture and Compliance.”http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-Launch-of-2014-GED-Program.aspxACE President Molly Corbett Broad on Launch of 2014 GED ProgramThis new, comprehensive GED program is a critical step forward in ACE's efforts to expand the pipeline of learners who are prepared for college-level work.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-Statement-on-Boycotts-of-Israeli-Academic-Institutions.aspxACE President Molly Corbett Broad's Statement on Boycotts of Israeli Academic InstitutionsSeveral scholarly associations have voted on formal motions to boycott activities involving faculty and staff at Israeli academic institutions. Such actions are misguided and greatly troubling, as they strike at the heart of academic freedom.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-the-Gallup-Purdue-Index.aspxACE President Molly Corbett Broad's Statement on the Gallup-Purdue IndexThe Gallup-Purdue Index is a promising new addition in our continuing efforts to advance the understanding of the benefits of higher education.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Submits-Amicus-Brief-in-U-Va-FOIA-Case.aspxACE Submits Amicus Brief in U.Va. FOIA CaseACE filed an amicus brief yesterday in the Supreme Court of Virginia in the case of American Tradition Institute v. the University of Virginia.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/WEDNESDAY-BUZZ-House-Senate-Negotiators-Reach-Deal-on-Federal-Budget.aspxWEDNESDAY BUZZ: House, Senate Negotiators Reach Deal on Federal BudgetBudget negotiators have announced a bipartisan deal to set spending levels for the federal government through FY 2015 and partially replace sequestration cuts with other savings.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Record-Highs-in-International-Students-Study-Abroad-Announced-as-International-Education-Week-Begins.aspxRecord Highs in International Students, Study Abroad Announced as International Education Week BeginsIIE's annual Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange shows record highs in foreign students’ attendance at U.S institutions and in Americans studying abroad.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Education-Associations-Urge-Budget-Committee-to-Support-Research-and-Education-Eliminate-Sequestration.aspxHigher Education Groups Urge Budget Committee to Support Education and ResearchACE and 34 higher education groups ask congressional committees to eliminate sequestration cuts and prioritize investment in higher education and research.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Fisher-v-UT-Admissions-Case-Returns-to-Lower-Court-ACE-Submits-Brief.aspxFisher v. UT Admissions Case Returns to Lower Court; ACE Submits BriefACE and a group of 41 higher education associations yesterday submitted another brief in the ongoing diversity in admissions case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (UT).http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/College-Board-Tuition-Increases-Slow-Grant-Aid-Is-Not-Keeping-Up.aspxCollege Board: Tuition Increases Slow, Grant Aid Is Not Keeping UpThe College Board released its annual “trends” reports this morning, and the findings represent a mixed picture for college costs and student aid.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-of-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-College-Board-Trend-Reports-.aspxStatement of ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on College Board Trend ReportsThe College Board’s 2013 Trends in Student Aid and College Pricing reports present a mixed picture. The good news is the rate of increase in tuition for public four-year and community colleges is at its lowest in recent years.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/New-ACE-Publication-Helps-Policymakers-Understand-Federal-Financial-Aid-Programs.aspxNew Publication Helps Policymakers Understand Federal Financial AidFrom Pell Grants to unsubsidized loans to creating a financial aid package, this report helps explain the complex network of federal higher education programs.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Education-Associations-Release-Statement-on-Federal-Government-Shutdown.aspxHigher Education Associations Release Statement on Federal Government ShutdownACE and five other higher education associations released a statement Thursday expressing concern over the federal government shutdown.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Groups-Submit-Comments-on-Tuition-Assistance-MOU.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups Submit Comments on Tuition Assistance MOU​ACE, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, and a group of nine higher education associations submitted comments Sept. 30 on the Department of Defense’s proposed rule for its Tuition Assistance program memorandum of understanding.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACA-101-Helps-Campuses-Educate-Students-About-New-Health-Insurance-Marketplace.aspxACA 101 Helps Campuses Educate Students About New Health Insurance MarketplaceWith open enrollment in the new health insurance marketplace beginning this week, the Obama administration has issued a toolkit for colleges and universities to help inform students about the marketplace and other aspects of the Affordable Care Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ED-DOJ-Release-Guidance-on-Using-Race-to-Achieve-Diversity-on-College-Campuses.aspxED, DOJ Release Guidance on Using Race to Achieve Diversity on College CampusesThe departments of Education and Justice have released new Q&A guidance document that outlines the Obama administration’s position on the use of race to achieve diversity on college campuses.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Education-Leaders-Urge-Continued-Funding-for-NEH.aspxHigher Education Leaders Urge House to Maintain Funding for NEHACE President Molly Corbett Broad and the leaders of 22 other higher education groups sent a letter Sept. 20 to the House to express concern over the drastic funding cuts proposed for the National Endowment for the Humanities.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Obama-Administration-to-Hold-Panel-Discussion-on-Diversity-in-Higher-Education-.aspxObama Administration to Hold Panel Discussion on Diversity in Higher EducationThe U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) have scheduled a panel discussion on “Creating and Supporting Diversity in Higher Education” for Sept. 27 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. EDT at DOJ’s offices in Washington, DC.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Senate-House-Hold-HEA-Reauthorization-Hearings.aspxSenate, House Hold HEA Reauthorization Hearings​The Senate and House are moving forward on preparations to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, the primary law governing federal higher education programs.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/NACUA-ACE-to-Hold-Symposium-Workshop-on-Higher-Education-Compliance-.aspxNACUA, ACE to Hold Symposium & Workshop on Higher Education ComplianceThe National Association of College and University Attorneys, in cooperation with ACE, will hold a symposium and workshop Nov. 6-8 on “Higher Education Compliance Programs and Obligations.”http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Copyrighted-Music.aspxUse of Copyrighted Music on College and University CampusesA joint report by ACE and NACUBO on how campuses might handle music copyright issues.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/WEBINAR-How-DOMAs-Demise-Affects-Colleges-and-Universities.aspxWEBINAR: How DOMA's Demise Affects Colleges and UniversitiesThe National Association of College and University Attorneys, in cooperation with ACE, will hold a webinar Sept. 26 on how the demise of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will impact colleges and universities.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Ed-Groups-Ask-Supreme-Court-to-Strike-Down-Michigan-Ban-on-Considering-Race-in-College-Admissions.aspxHigher Ed Groups Ask Supreme Court to Strike Down Michigan Ban on Considering Race in College AdmissionsACE and 48 higher education groups submit brief to the U.S. Supreme Court urging justices to strike down Michigan’s ban on the consideration of race and ethnicity in admissions decisions.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-of-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-President-Obamas-Higher-Education-Proposals.aspxStatement of ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on President Obama’s Higher Education ProposalsBroad calls the president's plan "a sweeping, thoughtful proposal" which contains many details that will have to be explored in the months ahead.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/WEDNESDAY-BUZZ-Obamas-College-Costs-Bus-Tour-Begins-Tomorrow-in-New-York.aspxWEDNESDAY BUZZ: Obama Bus Tour to Focus on College CostsMany of this morning’s papers covered the news that President Obama will propose new policies on containing college costs during a bus tour of New York and Pennsylvania beginning Aug. 22.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-SUNY-COIL-Center-Announce-Technology-Awards-to-Enhance-Internationalization-and-Global-Competence.aspxACE, SUNY COIL Center Announce Internationalization Technology AwardsACE and the SUNY Center for Collaborative Online International Learning have created an awards program to recognize the use of technology to enhance institutional internationalization and the global competence of U.S. students.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/EDs-Kanter-Steps-Down-ACE-President-Offers-Reaction.aspxED’s Kanter Steps Down; ACE President Offers ReactionUnder Secretary of Education Martha Kanter has announced she will leave her post in the coming months. See ACE President Molly Corbett Broad's statement praising Kanter’s tenure.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Ed-Groups-Offer-Ideas-on-the-Higher-Education-Act.aspxACE, Higher Ed Groups Offer Ideas on the Higher Education ActIn response to a request from the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, ACE and 38 higher education groups have submitted suggestions for rewriting the Higher Education Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Education-Associations-Comment-on-Proposed-Revisions-to-National-Student-Loan-Data-System.aspxACE, Higher Education Associations Comment on Proposed Revisions to National Student Loan Data SystemACE sent a letter July 29 to the Department of Education expressing concern that proposed revisions to the National Student Loan Data System would expand the federal student financial aid database in ways that may not be appropriate.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Education-Leaders-Urge-House-to-Pass-Comprehensive-Immigration-Reform.aspxHigher Education Leaders Urge House to Pass Comprehensive Immigration ReformACE President Molly Corbett Broad and the leaders of 12 other higher education associations encourage the House to pass meaningful, comprehensive immigration reform legislation.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Education-Groups-Urge-Support-for-Bipartisan-Student-Loan-Certainty-Act.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups Ask House to Vote for Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty ActACE sent a letter to the House today on behalf of nine other higher education associations urging House members to support the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Other-Higher-Education-Associations-Express-Support-for-Senate-Student-Loan-Bill.aspxACE, Other Higher Education Associations Express Support for Senate Student Loan BillACE and a number of other higher education associations ask senators to vote for the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013 (S. 1334).http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-of-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-Senate-Student-Loan-Agreement.aspxStatement of ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on Senate Student Loan AgreementOn behalf of our 1,800 college and university members, representing all sectors of higher education, ACE strongly supports the Senate's compromise agreement on student loan interest rates.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/WEBINAR-Key-Legal-and-Policy-Issues-on-MOOCs.aspxWEBINAR: MOOCs—Key Legal and Policy Issues for Colleges and UniversitiesThe National Association of College and University Attorneys, in cooperation with ACE, will hold a webinar July 25 on the key legal and policy issues regarding massive open online courses (MOOCs).http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Senate-Appropriations-Subcommittee-Approves-FY-2014-Spending-Bill.aspxSenate Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY 2014 Spending BillThe Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee yesterday approved a $164.3 billion spending bill for FY 2014 that provides funding for the Obama administration’s “Race to the Top” program for higher education, as well as modest funding increases for some postsecondary programs.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Education-Community-Diversity-on-College-Campuses-Remains-Essential-National-Priority.aspxHigher Education Community: Diversity on College Campuses Remains Essential National PriorityIn the wake of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the higher education community stands committed to furthering the goals of equal opportunity and diversity on college campuses.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Education-Groups-Endorse-Senate-Immigration-Bill.aspxSenate Passes Comprehensive Immigration Reform BillThe Senate approves a historic plan to overhaul the nation's immigration system, a measure that contains a number of provisions strongly supported by the higher education community, including a DREAM Act for students.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Subsidized-Student-Loan-Rates-Will-Double-July-1.aspxSubsidized Student Loan Rates Double July 1Students applying for new federally subsidized student loans will see the interest rate double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent Monday after Congress failed to pass legislation preventing the automatic hike.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-Fisher-v-University-of-Texas.aspxACE President Molly Corbett Broad on Fisher v. University of TexasWe are deeply gratified that the court agrees with the higher education community—diversity on our campuses offers unique educational benefits to students and is a compelling government interest.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Supreme-Court-Hands-Down-Rulings-in-Higher-Education-Employment-Cases.aspxU.S. Supreme Court Hands Down Rulings in Higher Education Employment CasesAlong with Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the U.S. Supreme Court today issued two other rulings of interest to the higher education community—Vance v. Ball State and UT Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/U-S--Supreme-Court-Rules-in-Fisher-v-University-of-Texas-at-Austin.aspxU.S. Supreme Court Rules in Fisher v. University of Texas at AustinThe U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision today in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (UT), ordering lower courts to take another look at the challenge to UT’s use of race and ethnicity in its admissions process.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE%E2%80%99s-Hartle-Testifies-Before-Senate-Subcommittee-on-DoD-Tuition-Assistance-Program.aspxACE’s Hartle Testifies Before Senate Subcommittee on DoD Tuition Assistance ProgramBalance is needed between protecting service members and taxpayers and ensuring that program requirements don’t keep institutions from participating, ACE Senior Vice President Terry W. Hartle tells a Senate subcommittee.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Senate-Moves-Forward-on-Immigration-Bill;-Debate-Expected-to-Last-a-Month.aspxSenate Moves Forward on Immigration Bill; Debate Expected to Last a Month​The Senate voted 84-15 yesterday to move forward on considering a comprehensive, bipartisan plan to overhaul the nation's immigration system, setting up what is expected to be a month-long debate on the bill.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Files-Amicus-Brief-in-Digital-Copyright-Case-.aspxACE Files Amicus Brief in Digital Copyright CaseACE has submitted a brief in the case Authors Guild v. HathiTrust Digital Library, in which the Authors Guild is charging that the digital repository is violating copyright by making some of its members’ work freely available.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Requests-US-Supreme-Court-Review-of-Oregon-State-Case.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups Request U.S. Supreme Court Review of OSU Student Alliance v. RayACE has submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court to request a hearing in a case that looks at whether a public university president can be held legally responsible for actions performed by other administrators without the president’s knowledge.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Passes-Student-Loan-Bill.aspxHouse Passes Student Loan BillThe House of Representatives voted 221-198 May 23 to approve the Smarter Solutions for Students Act (H.R. 1911), legislation intended to address the upcoming interest rate increase for subsidized student loans.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Senate-Judiciary-Committee-Approves-Sweeping-Immigration-Reform-Bill.aspxSenate Judiciary Committee Approves Sweeping Immigration Reform BillThe Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a comprehensive plan to overhaul the nation's immigration system, which includes a version of the DREAM Act and other higher education provisions.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Student-Loan-Bill-Moves-Forward-in-House.aspxStudent Loan Bill Moves Forward in HouseAction heated up in the House and Senate last week on the looming interest rate increase for subsidized student loans, which is slated to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent July 1.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Groups-Offer-Guiding-Principles-on-Student-Loan-Reform.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups Offer Guiding Principles on Student Loan ReformACE and 14 higher education associations release a statement of principles for lawmakers to consider as they craft legislation to address the looming interest rate increase for subsidized student loans.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Paper-Argues-There-Is-Scant-Evidence-Proving-Federal-Aid-Drives-Up-College-Prices.aspxPaper Argues There Is Scant Evidence Proving Federal Aid Drives Up College PricesIn a new monograph written for ACE, Donald E. Heller argues there is scant evidence of a relationship between changes in federal student aid and tuition increases.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/College-Board-Releases-Guide-to-Upcoming-Supreme-Court-Decision-in-Fisher-v--UT.aspxCollege Board Releases Guide to Upcoming Supreme Court Decision in Fisher v. UTIn preparation for the Supreme Court's upcoming decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the College Board's Access and Diversity Collaborative has released the guide, "Preparing for the Fisher Decision: Are You Ready?http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/FRIDAY-BUZZ-Student-Loan-Interest-Rate.aspxFRIDAY BUZZ: Student Loan Interest Rate Proposals Emerge From CongressA range of legislative choices to revamp the federal student loan system emerged in Congress this week, as the interest rate on subsidized student loans is poised to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent July 1.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Groups-Weigh-In-on-the-Senate-Immigration-Bill.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups Weigh In on Senate Immigration BillACE and 12 other higher education groups sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee today on the recently introduced comprehensive immigration bill, calling the measure an “important step.”http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/WEBINAR-The-Clery-Act-Amendments-in-the-Violence-Against-Women-Act.aspxWEBINAR: The Clery Act Amendments in the Violence Against Women ActThe National Association of College and University Attorneys, in cooperation with ACE, is hosting a webinar May 31 on the Clery Act amendments in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and what they mean for Clery Act and Title IX compliance.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Submits-Amicus-Brief-in-Support-of-GSU-in-Fair-Use-Case.aspxACE Submits Amicus Brief in Support of GSU in Fair Use CaseACE has submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in a case that examines whether it is “fair use” for professors to reserve small excerpts of academic works online for review by their students.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Testifies-on-Insuring-Adjunct-Faculty-and-Student-Workers-Under-ACA.aspxACE Testifies on Insuring Adjunct Faculty and Student Workers Under ACASteven Bloom, director of federal relations at ACE, testified at an April 23 hearing of the IRS and the Treasury Department about regulations which would affect coverage for adjunct faculty and student campus employees under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Ed-Associations-Urge-Lawmakers-Support-Higher-Ed-Tax-Provisions-Safeguard-Charitable-Givi.aspxACE, Higher Education Associations Urge Lawmakers to Support Higher Education Tax Provisions, Safeguard the Charitable Giving DeductionOn behalf of a number of higher education associations, ACE President Molly Corbett Broad this week submitted comments to a pair of House Ways and Means Committee Tax Reform Working Groups, one on education and family benefits and the other on charitable/exempt organizations.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Hartle-Testifies-House-Panel-Preparing-Higher-Ed-Act-Reauthorization.aspxACE’s Hartle Testifies to House Panel Preparing for Higher Education Act ReauthorizationACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle spoke before the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training April 16 at the hearing “Keeping College Within Reach: The Role of Federal Student Aid Programs.”http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Hearing-Bill-In-state-Tuition-Rates-Veterans.aspxHouse Holds Hearing on Bill to Grant In-state Tuition Rates for VeteransThe House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held a hearing April 10 on numerous pieces of pending and draft veterans legislation.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Hartle-Testify-Before-House-Subcommittee-Role-of-Federal-Aid-College-Access.aspxACE’s Hartle to Testify Before House Subcommittee on the Role of Federal Aid in College AccessACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle will testify before the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training April 16 at 11:00 a.m. on the panel “Keeping College Within Reach: The Role of Federal Student Aid Programs.”http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-Obama-FY-2014-Budget.aspxACE President Molly Corbett Broad on President Obama's FY 2014 BudgetAs the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, ACE welcomes many of the proposals included in the president’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Obama-FY-2014-Budget-Proposes-Changes-to-Federal-Student-Loans-Increases-Research-Funding.aspxObama’s FY 2014 Budget Proposes Changes to Federal Student Loans, Increases Research FundingPresident Obama released his budget proposal for FY 2014 today, which includes among the higher education provisions a proposal to move to a market-based interest rate on all federal student loans. This includes the interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans, which are set to double to 6.8 percent July 1 if no action is taken.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Senate-Approves-FY-2014-Budget-Proposal.aspxSenate Approves FY 2014 Budget ProposalThe Senate passed its first formal budget proposal in four years early Saturday, a plan which would fully fund Pell Grants and eliminate future shortfalls from the program, among other provisions of interest to higher education.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/MEMO-New-Campus-Sexual-Assault-Policies-and-Procedures-Under-Violence-Against-Women-Act.aspxNew Campus Obligations Under Violence Against Women ActACE has prepared a brief memo that reviews new obligations for colleges and universities under the Violence Against Women Act, which are effective March 7, 2014.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Senate-Approves-FY-2013-Spending-Bill-Work-Turns-to-FY-2014-Budget.aspxSenate Approves FY 2013 Spending Bill; Both Chambers Turn to FY 2014 BudgetThe Senate voted 73-26 today to approve its version of the FY 2013 spending package (HR. 993) needed to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Urges-DoD-to-Restore-Funding-for-Military-Tuition-Assistance.aspxACE Urges DoD to Restore Funding for Military Tuition Assistance ProgramsACE and 12 other higher education associations sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today, requesting that he reconsider recent decisions by most branches of the military to suspend their Tuition Assistance (TA) programs.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Supports-UT-Medical-School-Title-VII-Case.aspxACE Supports UT Medical School in Title VII Retaliation Burden of Proof CaseACE has submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that will decide what an employee must prove in order to prevail on a claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that his employer retaliated against him.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Army-Marine-Suspend-Tuition-Assistance-Program-Sequestration.aspxSequestration Results in Suspension of Military Tuition Assistance ProgramsThe Army and Marine Corps have announced they are suspending new enrollments in the their Tuition Assistance (TA) programs due to sequestration, the massive cuts to federal discretionary spending that took effect March 1.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Kirwan-Addresses-Social-Equity-and-College-Completion-in-2013-Atwell-Lecture.aspxVIDEO: Kirwan Addresses Social Equity and College Completion in 2013 Atwell LectureWilliam E. Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, opened ACE’s 95th Annual Meeting yesterday with the Robert H. Atwell Lecture, “The Completion Imperative: Harnessing Change to Meet Our Responsibilities.”http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Business-Higher-Education-Forum-Urges-Congress-to-Avoid-Sequestration-.aspxBusiness-Higher Education Forum Urges Congress to Avoid SequestrationThe members of the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) have appealed to President Obama and congressional leaders to avert sequestration, the across-the-board federal spending cuts set to take effect March 1.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Supports-University-of-Oregon-in-Graduate-Student-Discrimination-Lawsuit.aspxACE Supports University of Oregon in Graduate Student Discrimination LawsuitACE and six other higher education associations have filed an amicus brief in support of the University of Oregon (UO), urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case arising out of a dispute with a former doctoral student who filed a discrimination lawsuit after her dissertation committee fell apart.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/University-of-New-Hampshire-President-Huddleston-Represents-ACE-at-House-Charitable-Giving-Hearing-.aspxUniversity of New Hampshire President Huddleston Represents ACE at House Charitable Giving HearingUniversity of New Hampshire (UNH) President Mark Huddleston testified on behalf of ACE and 10 other higher education associations yesterday at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on “Tax Reform and Charitable Contributions.”http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/BUZZ-Obama-SOTU-Higher-Ed.aspxWEDNESDAY BUZZ: President Obama’s State of the Union Address and Higher EducationPresident Obama raised several major higher education issues during Tuesday’s State of the Union address, including college affordability and the need for strong federal backing of research funding.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/CBO-Report-Pell-Grants-Solid-Footing.aspxCBO Report: Pell Grants on Solid FootingThe Congressional Budget Office (CBO) yesterday released detailed estimates on funding for the federal Pell Grant and student loan programs. The estimates represented very good news about the overall health of Pell Grant funding and showed some positive trends in student borrowing.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Administration-Releases-Proposed-Rules-Self-Funded-Student-Health-Insu.aspxAdministration Releases Proposed Rules on Contraception Coverage at Religious Institutions, Self-Funded Student Health Insurance PlansThe Obama Administration moved forward last week on two regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that impact colleges and universities: Contraceptive coverage at religious institutions—including religiously affiliated colleges—and self-funded student health insurance plans.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Issues-Paper-Higher-Education-Under-Sequestration.aspxACE Issues Paper on Higher Education Under SequestrationACE has issued a paper detailing the impact on higher education if Congress cannot agree on a plan to deal with the looming budget sequestration, the massive cuts to discretionary spending scheduled to take effect March 1.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/WEDNESDAY-BUZZ-Senate-Obama-Immigration-Plans-Touch-on-Higher-Education.aspxWEDNESDAY BUZZ: Senate, Obama Immigration Plans Touch on Higher EducationPresident Obama laid out plans for comprehensive immigration reform in a Las Vegas speech Tuesday afternoon, on the heels of a bipartisan group of eight senators who released a similar proposal on Monday.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Education-Leaders-Call-Action-Attainment.aspxHigher Education Leaders Call for Bold Action on AttainmentIn an open letter released today, leading college and university presidents call upon their colleagues to make retention and completion a critical campus priority to stem the unacceptable loss of human potential represented by the number of students who never make it to graduation.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Associations-Comment-DoD-Student-Complaint.aspxHigher Education Associations Comment on Ways to Strengthen Department of Defense Student Complaint FormACE and other higher education associations have submitted comments to the Department of Defense (DoD) about a planned federal complaint system for students receiving federal military and veterans educational benefits.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Fiscal-Cliff-Tax-Incentives-College-Students.aspxFiscal Cliff Bill Contains Tax Incentives for College Students and FamiliesThe fiscal cliff legislation Congress approved on Jan. 1 contains a number of tax provisions that will benefit students and families, along with new limits to the charitable giving deduction that may impact higher education institutions.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/VA-Provides-Post-911-GI-Bill-Benefits-Guidance.aspxVA Provides Guidance to Institutions on Processing Post-9/11 GI Bill BenefitsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has sent a letter with suggestions for how college and university administrators can assist the VA as the agency works to improve the timely processing of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/DoD-Releases-Revised-Tuition-Assistance-Memo.aspxDoD Releases Revised Tuition Assistance MemoThe Department of Defense (DoD) on Thursday announced the release of the long-awaited memorandum of understanding (MOU) colleges and universities must sign to participate in DoD's Tuition Assistance program.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/KH2G-Surpasses-Mark-Donated-Ads.aspxUpdate: KnowHow2GO Surpasses $200 Million Mark in Donated Media SpaceThe national campaign KnowHow2GO (KH2GO) has received $215 million in donated media space for its efforts over nearly six years to encourage students in grades 8–10 to prepare for college.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/New-Issue-Brief-Diversity-Attainment-Gaps.aspxNew Issue Brief Explores African American and Hispanic College Attainment GapsA new issue brief from ACE sheds light on why certain racial and ethnic minorities—specifically African Americans and Hispanics—have lower levels of postsecondary degree attainment. The Education Gap: Understanding African American and Hispanic Attainment Disparities in Higher Education is the first in a series of four briefs on diversity and inclusion issues. The series is generously supported by the GE Foundation.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Supreme-Court-Hears-Workplace-Discrimination-Case.aspxSupreme Court Hears Arguments in Workplace Discrimination Case That Could Impact CampusesThe U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in Vance v. Ball State University, a case that could decide who can be considered a “job supervisor” in a federal workplace discrimination lawsuit.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Groups-Urge-Caution-Charitable-Giving.aspxHigher Education Groups Urge Caution on Charitable Giving DeductionACE and a coalition of higher education associations have sent letters to President Obama and Congress, urging caution when considering changes to the charitable giving tax deduction as part of negotiations to end the so-called fiscal cliff.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-NSC-Explore-More-Postsecondary-Graduation-Rate.aspxACE, National Student Clearinghouse Explore More Comprehensive Graduation RateA new analysis of postsecondary graduation rates by ACE finds that markedly more students have actually completed or are still pursuing their education than is indicated by the current federal method of reporting graduation rates.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-President-MCB-on-the-Re-Election-of-President-Barack-Obama.aspxACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Re-Election of President Barack ObamaThe American Council on Education congratulates President Barack Obama on his re-election. I join more than 3,000 college and university presidents across the country in wishing him well as he embarks on a second term in January.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/BUZZ-Obama-Wins-Second-Term.aspxWEDNESDAY BUZZ: Obama Wins Second TermAs the higher education community reviews the results of yesterday’s election, there is particular interest in the potential impact on colleges and universities of President Barack Obama’s re-election, a new Congress and state ballot initiatives. Some media reports focused on President Obama’s record on student aid and attainment as well as his administration’s regulatory agenda. ACE President Molly Corbett Broad congratulated the president in a statement.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Files-Brief-with-Supreme-Court-in-Vance-Ball-State.aspxSupreme Court to Hear Case on Definition of Supervisor in Job Bias SuitACE submits amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Ball State University (IN) in a case that could decide who can be considered a “job supervisor” in a federal workplace discrimination lawsuit.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/College-Board-Reports-Find-Slowdown-in-Growth-of-College-Costs.aspxWEDNESDAY BUZZ: College Board Reports Find Slowdown in Growth of College CostsThis year’s reports from the College Board found a substantial slowdown in sticker prices at four-year public universities, where the average 4.8 percent increase was the smallest rise in more than a decade.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Works-to-Collaborate-With-the-Navy-on-Higher-Education-Pathways-for-Veterans.aspxACE Works to Collaborate With the Navy on Higher Education Pathways for VeteransAfter a meeting earlier this year between ACE President Molly Corbett Broad and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, discussions are ongoing about how the Council can further assist veterans seeking a college degree.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Supreme-Court-Hears-Arguments-in-UT-Admissions-Case.aspxSupreme Court Hears Arguments in UT Admissions CaseThe U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments October 10th in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (UT), a case involving the constitutionality of the university’s use of race and ethnicity in its admissions process.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Congress-Approves-FY-2013-CR.aspxCongress Approves FY 2013 Funding Bill, Leaves Until After ElectionThe Senate gave final approval on Friday to a temporary spending bill, known as a continuing resolution (CR), to keep the government funded at current levels through March 27, 2013.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/BUZZ-Higher-Education-Under-Sequestration.aspxMONDAY BUZZ: Higher Education Under SequestrationThe White House released a report Friday outlining the impact of what is known as “sequestration,” the deep cuts facing most federal programs on Jan. 1 if Congress cannot devise a plan by the end of the year to reduce the deficit. As expected, the effects on higher education would be significant.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Congress-Veterans-Consumer-Bills.aspxCongress Moves Forward on Veterans Consumer Information BillsCongress moved forward this week with legislation designed to provide additional consumer information and protections for veterans using G.I. Bill education benefits.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Releases-Memo-on-Campus-Political-Campaign-Activities.aspxACE Releases Memo on Campus Political Campaign ActivitiesWith the 2012 presidential race in full swing, the ACE has reissued its 2011 memo, Political Campaign-Related Activities of and at Colleges and Universities.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/KnowHow2GO-PSAs-Debut-US-Open.aspxNew College Access KnowHow2GO PSAs to Debut at US OpenThe Ad Council, in partnership with ACE and the U.S. Tennis Association, will debut new TV public service advertisements (PSAs) at the US Open today on behalf of the national KnowHow2GO campaign designed to encourage low-income and first generation students to take the steps necessary to prepare for college. The ads will premiere on TV screens throughout the Arthur Ashe Stadium during the tournament.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Brief-UT-Admissions-Policy.aspxACE Submitting U.S. Supreme Court Brief Supporting University of Texas Admissions PolicyACE today is submitting an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the University of Texas at Austin (UT), urging the court to reaffirm the constitutionality of the university's use of race and ethnicity in its admissions process.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Expiring-Tax-Incentives.aspxHigher Education Groups Urge Congress to Extend Expiring Tax IncentivesACE today sent a letter to the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees, urging Congress to pass extensions of expired and expiring higher education tax incentives.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/NYU-Grad-Student-Unionization.aspxACE Joins NYU in Arguing Against Graduate Student UnionizationACE filed a brief yesterday with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as it decides whether to allow private college graduate students to unionize, in two cases involving New York University.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Approves-Funding.aspxHouse Subcommittee Approves Education Funding for FY 2013A House Appropriations Subcommittee today voted 8-6 to approve a $70 billion Education Department (ED) budget for FY 2013 that includes a slight increase to the maximum Pell Grant award.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/NLRB-Supreme-Court.aspxACE Asks NLRB to Defer to Supreme Court Decision on Faculty UnionizationIn a brief filed July 6 with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), ACE said the board should adhere to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that faculty members are managerial employees and thus ineligible for collective bargaining.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Deadline-Campuses-Serving-Veterans.aspxDeadline Extended for Campuses to Sign VA’s “Principles of Excellence” for Serving Veterans and Service MembersVA has announced the deadline to express intent to comply with the "Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members" has been extended to Aug. 1.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Student-Loan-Interest-Rate-Hike.aspxSubsidized Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Staved Off for at Least One More YearCongress passed legislation Friday to keep the interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans from doubling to 6.8 percent, but only after weeks of negotiations and just two days before the increase was due to take effect.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Supreme-Court-Upholds-ACA.aspxSupreme Court Upholds Affordable Care ActThe Supreme Court yesterday ruled 5-4 that President Obama’s signature overhaul of the nation’s health care system—the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—is constitutional.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Service-Member,-Veterans-Education-Principles-of-Excellence.aspxHigher Education Groups Request Clarification on Service Member, Veterans Education Principles of ExcellenceACE and the National Association of College and University Business Officers NACUBO, along with 11 other higher education associations, have asked the Obama administration to clarify certain provisions in the recent executive order on service member and veterans education.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Ohio-State-Student-Records-Case.aspxSupreme Court of Ohio Rules in Favor of Ohio State in Student Records CaseThe Supreme Court of Ohio issued a ruling yesterday in favor of The Ohio State University in its quest to protect student privacy in dealing with a request for information from ESPN.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/UMN-Student-Discipline-Case.aspxMinnesota Supreme Court Rules in Favor of University of Minnesota in Student Discipline CaseThe Minnesota Supreme Court today upheld a lower court decision in favor of the University of Minnesota in the case Tatro v. the University of Minnesota, which dealt with the university’s right to enforce academic codes of conduct and professional ethics.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Obama-Administration-Immigration-Policy.aspxMONDAY BUZZ: New Obama Administration Immigration Policy Enacts Some DREAM Act ProvisionsThe Obama administration has announced a new policy to put into place some provisions of the DREAM Act, making some young people brought to the United States illegally as children safe from deportation proceedings.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Education-Funding-FY-2013.aspxSenate Appropriations Panel Approves Education Funding for FY 2013A Senate Appropriations Committee subcommittee Tuesday approved a $68.5 billion Education Department budget for FY 2013, including a slight hike to the maximum Pell Grant.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Second-Round-of-College-Cost-Lists.aspxWEDNESDAY BUZZ: Education Department Releases Second Round of College Cost ListsThe Department of Education yesterday released its second annual college cost lists. The department's intention is to provide families with more information about the actual price of college and to focus attention on institutions with rapid tuition increahttp://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/University-of-Illinois-FERPA-Case.aspxAppeals Court Vacates Decision in University of Illinois FERPA CaseThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has sent The Chicago Tribune’s case against the University of Illinois back to the federal district court, vacating the district court’s judgment and directing it to dismiss the case.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Memo-on-Executive-Order-on-Veterans-Benefits.aspxMemo Available on Executive Order on Tuition Assistance, Veterans BenefitsHigher education institutions can refer to a memo prepared by the law firm Hogan Lovells US LLP to learn more about President Obama's April 26 executive order directing the departments of Defense (DoD), Veterans Affairs (VA) and Education (ED) to establish "Principles of Excellence to strengthen oversight, enforcement, and accountability" of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and DoD's military tuition assistance program.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Executive-Order-Deceptive-College-Recruiting-Practices-Veterans.aspxFRIDAY BUZZ: Executive Order Targets Deceptive College Recruiting Practices Aimed at VeteransPresident Obama’s executive order aiming to protect veterans from deceptive recruiting practices the White House charges are employed by some for-profit colleges generated a slew of headlines today.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/NACIQI-Releases-Accreditation-Recommendations.aspxNACIQI Releases Accreditation RecommendationsThe National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, the panel that advises the education secretary on accrediting agencies, last Friday approved a set of recommendations on revamping the accreditation process in the next reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/VA-Post-911-GI-Bill-Benefits-Debt-Collection-Efforts.aspxVA May Include Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits in Debt Collection EffortsVA is considering a policy that would alter the way it collects prior debts owed by veterans, a change that could have a significant impact on both veterans and colleges and universities.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Defense-Department-Tuition-Assistance-Program-MOU.aspxDefense Department Nearing Completion of Tuition Assistance Program MOUDoD is nearing completion of a new memorandum of understanding that colleges and universities must sign to participate in DoD’s Tuition Assistance Program.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/NACUA,-Higher-Education-Groups-Launch-Higheredcompliance-org.aspxNACUA, Higher Education Groups Launch Higheredcompliance.orgThe National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and 20 higher education associations—including ACE—have launched the Higher Education Compliance Alliance website, a resource to help administrators better understand the ever-growing number of federal regulations for colleges and universities.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Urges-HHS-to-Publish-Final-Student-Health-Insurance-Rules.aspxACE Urges HHS to Publish Final Student Health Insurance RulesACE and a group of higher education associations sent a letter March 2 to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the White House, requesting HHS immediately issue the final version of the proposed rules for Student Health Insurance Coverage (SHIC).http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-repeals-ED-regs.aspxHouse Votes to Repeal State Authorization, Credit Hour RegulationsThe House of Representatives voted 303-114 yesterday to repeal the Department of Education’s (ED) state authorization and credit hour regulations that went into effect July 1, 2011.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-ED-reg-repeal.aspxHouse to Vote This Week on Bill to Repeal State Authorization, Credit Hour RegulationsThe House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this week on a bill (H.R 2117) to repeal two Department of Education regulations that went into effect July 1, 2011.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Supreme-Court-UT-Affirmative-Action.aspxWEDNESDAY BUZZ: Supreme Court Will Hear University of Texas Diversity in Admissions CaseThe U.S. Supreme Court announced yesterday it will hear a case dealing with the consideration of race and ethnicity in admissions at the University of Texas at Austin (UT).http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Obama-FY13-Budget.aspxMONDAY BUZZ: President Releases Budget Proposal for FY 2013President Obama visited Northern Virginia Community College today to discuss the education provisions in his FY 2013 budget proposal, including an $8 billion community college job training program and a substantial funding increase for the Education Department.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Broad-on-Obama's-Higher-Ed-Proposals.aspxACE President Molly Corbett Broad on President Obama's Higher Education ProposalsPresident Obama has put forward a thoughtful and important proposal to help students and families finance higher education. It is also a complex, multi-faceted plan, and important details remain to be unveiled. If approved by Congress, it would provide an enormous amount of money to help students and families. Colleges and universities stand ready to do everything they can to help enhance student access and completion.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/SOTU-Education-Recovery-and-Growth.aspxWEDNESDAY BUZZ: President Focuses on Education as a Means to Recovery and Growth in Third State of the Union AddressRecognizing that colleges and universities play a significant role in economic recovery and expansion, President Obama laid out a plan last night in his third State of the Union address for job training at community colleges, keeping higher education affordable for students and families and supporting research as an engine for growth.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/MONDAY-BUZZ-State-Support-for-Higher-Education-Continues-to-Fall.aspxMONDAY BUZZ: State Support for Higher Education Continues to FallState support for higher education declined again this year as enrollment on campuses across the country continued to rise, according to the annual Grapevine study by the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Brief-Files-in-Churchill-Case.aspxHigher Education Groups File Brief in Support of University of Colorado in Churchill CaseACE and three other higher education associations submitted an amicus brief to the Colorado Supreme Court today in the case Ward Churchill v. the University of Colorado (CU), which centers around the university’s firing of former CU-Boulder professor Ward Churchill for academic misconduct in 2007.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/BUZZ-FY12-Budget.aspxFRIDAY BUZZ: Final FY12 Budget Maintains Maximum Pell With Eligibility ChangesCongressional leaders last night struck a deal on a final FY 2012 budget omnibus bill, which the House passed this afternoon by a vote of 296-121. A Senate vote is expected later today. The measure maintains the maximum Pell Grant at $5,550 but also makes several changes to Pell eligibility and other student aid programs that will impact hundreds of thousands of students.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Delays-MOU-Military-Tuition.aspxDefense Department Delays MOU on Military Tuition Assistance ProgramThe Department of Defense has extended the date by which institutions must sign its new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Military Tuition Assistance Program from Jan. 1 to March 30, 2012.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Groups-Ask-Defense-MOU.aspxSenators, Education and Military Groups Ask Defense Department to Withdraw MOU on Military Tuition Assistance ProgramA bipartisan group of 52 senators have written to Secretary Leon Panetta, asking him to delay implementation of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) new requirements for institutional participation in the Military Tuition Assistance Program.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Brief-Support-UM-Discipline-Case.aspxACE Files Brief in Support of the University of Minnesota in Student Discipline CaseACE filed an amicus brief today in the case Tatro v. the University of Minnesota, which deals with the university’s right to address threats and enforce academic codes of conduct and professional ethics.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/BUZZ-Guidance-Achieving-Diversity.aspxMONDAY BUZZ: Administration Issues Guidance on Achieving Diversity in Higher EducationThe Departments of Justice and Education on Dec. 2 released a new guidance document detailing the flexibility that the Supreme Court has provided to colleges and universities to promote diversity on campus.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-NACIQI-Draft-Recommendations.aspxAssociations Provide Comments to ED on NACIQI Draft RecommendationsNACIQI last October issued a draft discussion paper outlining 30 potential options for reforming the nation's accreditation system. ACE and a group of higher education associations submitted comments Nov. 22 on the draft, providing a series of principles for NACIQI to take into account in making final recommendations to Secretary Arne Duncan.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Launches-Institute-New-Presidents.aspxACE Launches Institute for New PresidentsACE today announced the launch of the ACE Institute for New Presidents, a leadership development program to help new college presidents successfully navigate the unique and varied issues confronting American higher education.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Hearing-on-College-Costs.aspxHouse Subcommittee Holds Hearing on College CostsHigher education leaders and experts on its cost and affordability testified yesterday before a House panel on what colleges and universities are currently doing—and what they can do—to make college more affordable for students and families.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Brief-Supporting-Ohio-Refusal.aspxACE Submits Brief Supporting Ohio State’s Refusal to Give Student Records to ESPNACE today filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Ohio Supreme Court in support of The Ohio State University’s (OSU) quest to protect student privacy in dealing with a request for information from ESPN.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Coalition-Delivers-Signatures-Committee.aspxCoalition Delivers 100,000 Signatures to Super Committee in Support of Federal Student AidThe Student Aid Alliance delivered a statement of support for federal student aid funding signed by more than 100,000 people to members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or Super Committee. The Alliance has already heard positive feedback from a number of those members’ offices.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Molly-Corbett-Broad-Statement-Departure-Penn-State-University-President-Graham-Spanier.aspxStatement of ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on Departure of Penn State University President Graham SpanierStatement of ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on Departure of Penn State University President Graham Spanierhttp://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Sign-Statement-Save-Student-Aid.aspxMore Than 70,000 Sign Statement to Save Student AidMore than 70,000 college and university presidents, students, administrators and others from institutions nationwide have signed a public statement of support for federal student aid hosted by the Student Aid Alliance (SAA) since it was launched on Oct. 24.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Senate-Bill-Amendment-Help-Veterans.aspxSenate Bill Includes Amendment to Help Veterans With Jobs, EducationThe Senate this afternoon is poised to pass a bill to repeal the 3 percent withholding rule that adds an amendment aimed at helping returning veterans transition to civilian employment, including an extension of GI Bill benefits for some veterans.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE's-Blue-Ribbon-Panel-Global-Engagement-American-Higher-Education.aspxACE's Blue Ribbon Panel on Global Engagement Report Informs Next Steps for American Higher EducationU.S. colleges and universities have historically set the benchmark for excellence in higher education, but these institutions will have to adapt and collaborate with their peers abroad in the coming years to remain competitive. Assisting institutions in addressing these challenges is the centerpiece of a report issued today by ACE which charts a new agenda for global engagement in higher education.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/BUZZ-College-Board-Findings-Obama.aspxWEDNESDAY BUZZ: College Board Finds Continuing Declines in State Support for Higher EducationThe College Board today released its annual reports, Trends in College Pricing and Trends in Student Aid, which found tuition and fees continuing to rise on campuses around the country, most significantly at public institutions dealing with sharp declines in state funding.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Molly-Corbett-Broad-College-Boards-Annual-Student-Aid-Pricing-Reports.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the College Board's Annual Student Aid and Pricing ReportsStatement by American Council on Education President Molly Corbett Broad on the College Board's Annual Student Aid and Pricing Reportshttp://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/SAA-Launches-Signature-Campaign.aspxStudent Aid Alliance Launches Signature CampaignMore than 8,875 presidents, students, administrators and others have signed a public statement of support for federal student aid hosted by the Student Aid Alliance (SAA).http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/DoD-Issues-FAQ-Tuition-Assistance-MOU.aspxDefense Department Issues FAQ on Tuition Assistance Program Memorandum of UnderstandingIn March of this year, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued new requirements for continued participation in the tuition assistance (TA) program, which provides up to $4,500 in tuition costs for eligible service members.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Coalition-Congress-Funding-International.aspxCoalition Urges Congress to Preserve Funding for International EducationACE, in conjunction with a coalition of higher education associations, is stepping up efforts to prevent Congress from making further cuts to the Department of Education's (ED) international and foreign language programs.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Proposed-Cuts-Minority-Institutions.aspxGroups Protest Proposed Cuts to Minority-Serving InstitutionsACE and a group of 36 higher education associations sent a community letter to Congress on Oct. 14, asking members to reject the massive cuts to Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) proposed in the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee draft FY 2012 funding bill.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Education-Commission-on-Attainment.aspxHigher Education Associations to Convene Commission on AttainmentSix presidential higher education associations today announced the creation and first convening of a national Commission on Higher Education Attainment.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Racial-Disparities-Gender-Gaps-Student-Achievement-Higher-Education.aspxRacial Disparities, Gender Gaps Persist in Student Achievement in Higher EducationLarge disparities persist among racial and ethnic groups even for younger generations in higher education, and women are surpassing men in postsecondary attainment, according to Minorities in Higher Education—Twenty-Fourth Status Report: 2011 Supplement from ACE.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Approp-Releases-Draft.aspxHouse Appropriations Committee Releases Draft FY 2012 Labor-HHS Funding BillThe House Appropriations Committee yesterday released a draft spending plan for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education which recommends $153.4 billion for these agencies in FY 2012, some $4 billion below the total for FY 2011.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Hearing-Improving-Outcome-Veterans.aspxSenate Hearing on Improving Educational Outcomes for Veterans, Service MembersThe Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a subcommittee hearing yesterday on the Post-9/11 GI Bill and for-profit schools, the primary focus of which was the 90/10 rule, which requires at least 10 percent of an institution’s funding to be from sources other than federal aid.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/President-Proposal-Super-Committee.aspxPresident’s Proposal to Super Committee Contains No Higher Education CutsPresident Obama on Monday submitted a plan to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (also known as the Super Committee) that, in addition to many other provisions, contains the increased funding necessary to maintain the current maximum Pell Grant award for 10 years.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Senate-Committee-Approve-Funding.aspxSenate Appropriations Committee Approves Education Funding for FY 2012The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved an FY 2012 spending plan for the Department of Education that would maintain the maximum Pell Grant award as well as preserve FY 2011 funding levels for Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, the Federal Work-Study Program and the TRIO Programs.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Senate-Patent-Bill-President.aspxSenate Sends Final Patent Bill to PresidentThe Senate yesterday voted 89-9 to approve the House version of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (H.R. 1249), sending the first reform of U.S. patent laws since 1952 to President Obama for his expected signature.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Debt-Ceiling-Bill.aspxTUESDAY BUZZ: President Signs Debt Ceiling BillThe Senate today voted 74-26 to approve the Budget Control Act of 2011 to increase the federal government’s borrowing authority, averting a potential debt default just hours ahead of the midnight deadline. President Obama signed the measure, which includes $17 billion over two years for the Pell Grant Program, almost immediately.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/University-Presidents-Recommendations-for-the-Future.aspxUniversity Presidents From Two Continents Offer Recommendations for the FutureUniversity presidents representing countries across Europe, the United States and Canada may encounter different cultures, governments and students, but they all agree on one thing: Higher education institutions are facing turbulent times, according to a new essay from ACE.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Amicus-Brief-Illinois-FERPA-Case.aspxACE Files Amicus Brief in University of Illinois FERPA CaseACE, on behalf of nine other higher education associations, yesterday filed an amicus brief to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the University of Illinois’s effort to keep information about student applicants private.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Ada-Meloy-University-of-Illinois-FERPA-Case.aspxStatement of ACE General Counsel Ada Meloy on University of Illinois FERPA CaseStatement of ACE General Counsel Ada Meloy on University of Illinois FERPA Case. The American Council on Education, on behalf of nine other higher education associations, today filed an amicus brief in the appeal of Chicago Tribune Company vs. University of Illinois Board of Trustees.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Accommodating-Traumatic-Brain-Injury-Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder-on-Campus.aspxACE Provides Tips for Accommodating Traumatic Brain Injury, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on CampusAs millions of returning service members and veterans enter higher education, ACE offers tips in a new report for faculty and staff who may be working with students suffering from "invisible injuries" like traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Court-State-Authorization-Rule.aspxWEDNESDAY BUZZ: Court Strikes Down Part of State Authorization RuleThe U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has struck down a portion of the Department of Education’s controversial new rule which requires distance education programs to get authorization in every state where they have students. The rule—known as “state authorization”—is part of a package of new regulations that went into effect July 1.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Legal-Issues-in-Faculty-Retirement.aspxNew Paper Examines Legal Issues in Faculty RetirementHigher education institutions face increasingly complex legal challenges since Congress ended mandatory retirement for tenured faculty in 1994. A publication released today by ACE provides college and university presidents and cabinet members with guidance on these issues.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Senate-Version-of-H-R-2117.aspxSenate Version of H.R. 2117 Would Rescind Education Department RegulationsSens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Ben Nelson (D-NE) last week introduced the Senate version of the Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act (H.R. 2117), the House bill to rescind the Department of Education’s credit hour and state authorization regulations that went into effect Friday.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/NCES-Releases-Tuition-Watch-Lists.aspxTHURSDAY BUZZ: NCES Releases Tuition Watch ListsThe National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) today released its new college price watch lists. The lists, which were mandated by the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act, are available here.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Testimony-on-DREAM-Act.aspxSenate Subcommittee Hears Testimony on DREAM ActA Senate Judiciary subcommittee this morning held the first-ever hearing on legislation designed to give undocumented young people brought to the United States as children a path to higher education and citizenship.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Approves-Patent-Reform-Bill.aspxHouse Approves Patent Reform BillThe House of Representatives voted 304-117 on June 23 to pass the America Invents Act (H.R. 1249), clearing the way for the first overhaul of the U.S. patent system since 1952.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Scholarships-Restored-for-Libyans.aspxScholarships Restored for Libyans Studying in the U.S.Two thousand Libyan nationals studying in the U.S. now have renewed access to scholarship funding, which had been frozen since Feb. 28 due to the conflict in their home country. Their new stipends will cover monthly living allowances, health insurance and tuition fees through May 2012.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Debate-Patent-Reform-Measure.aspxHouse to Debate Patent Reform Measure This WeekThe House of Representatives is expected to consider the America Invents Act (H.R. 1249) this week after a compromise was reached yesterday on a contentious provision to allow the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to keep all of the fees it collects.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Committee-Blocks-Regulations.aspxTHURSDAY BUZZ: House Committee Votes to Block Department of Education RegulationsThe House Committee on Education and the Workforce yesterday voted to repeal two of the Department of Education’s new regulations scheduled to go into effect July 1.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Bill-Repeal-Mark-Up-Tomorrow.aspxHouse Bill to Repeal New Education Department Regulations to Be Marked Up TomorrowThe House Committee on Education and the Workforce is scheduled tomorrow to mark up a measure (H.R. 2117) that would repeal two of the more problematic Department of Education regulations scheduled to go into effect July 1.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Senate-For-Profit-Student-Debt.aspxWEDNESDAY BUZZ: Senate Committee Hearing Looks at For-Profit Student DebtThe Senate Health, Labor, Education and Pensions Committee held its fifth hearing yesterday on the for-profit education sector, this time focusing on student debt loads and the new “gainful employment” rule intended to ensure students in career programs will earn enough money to repay their loans.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Supreme-Court-Rules-Against-Stanford.aspxTUESDAY BUZZ: Supreme Court Rules Against Stanford in Patent CaseThe Supreme Court ruled yesterday that universities do not have automatic rights to patents developed under federal research grants.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Summary-of-Gainful-Employment.aspxACE Releases Summary of Education Department’s Gainful Employment RegulationACE has prepared a summary document to help institutions better understand the final rule on gainful employment released last week by the Department of Education (ED).http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Statement-Supreme-Court-Decision-Stanford-v--Roche.aspxJoint Statement on the Supreme Court Decision in Stanford v. RocheEarlier today, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in the appeal of Stanford University against Roche Diagnostics.This case is of significant interest to the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), Association of American Universities (AAU), ACE, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), and Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) because of its potential impact on university technology transfer, on development and commercialization of university-generated basic technology, and on scientific collaborations between university and private-sector scientists.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Final-Gainful-Employment-Rule.aspxTHURSDAY BUZZ: Education Department Releases Final Gainful Employment RuleThe Department of Education this morning released its long-awaited final rule on gainful employment, laying out a new system for ensuring that career education programs benefit students without saddling them with unmanageable debt.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Undergraduate-Enrollment-Increase.aspxTHURSDAY BUZZ: Undergraduate Enrollment Sees Largest Increase in 30 YearsUndergraduate enrollment in U.S. colleges and universities grew by 5 million students between 2000 and 2009, according to a new report from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES). This increase is the largest in the undergraduate population in 30 years.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/GI-Bill-Fairness-Act-of-2011.aspxHouse Passes Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011The House of Representatives yesterday passed the GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011 (H.R. 1383) by vote of 389-0.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/New-FERPA-Rules.aspxHigher Education Groups Concerned New FERPA Rules Unravel Student Privacy ProtectionsACE and a group of higher education associations responded yesterday to the Department of Education’s plan to revise the regulations governing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Student-Aid-Alliance-FY-2012-Budget.aspxStudent Aid Alliance Calls for Renewed Support for Pell Grants, Other Federal Aid Programs in FY 2012 BudgetThe Student Aid Alliance (SAA) has issued its fiscal year 2012 (FY 2012) appropriations request to Congress, calling for renewed funding for Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, Federal Work-Study and other critical programs that allow millions of students to pursue higher education.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Libyan-Students-in-United-States.aspxACE, Higher Education Associations Ask Administration to Help Libyan Students in United StatesACE sent a letter today to the Departments of Homeland Security, Treasury and State seeking financial and regulatory relief for the approximately 2,000 Libyan nationals studying in the United States.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Comments-on-Proposed-Student-Health-Plan-Rules.aspxACE Comments on Proposed Student Health Plan RulesACE submitted comments this week to the Department of Health and Human Services on proposed rules relating to student health insurance coverage under the health care reform legislation signed into law last year.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Pell-Grant-Maximum-Maintained-2011-Budget-Compromise.aspxTUESDAY BUZZ: Maximum Pell Grant Maintained in FY 2011 Budget Compromise; Other Student Aid Programs CutThe maximum Pell Grant award of $5,500 will be preserved in the fiscal year 2011 budget compromise struck by lawmakers Friday night, but year-round Pell Grants, among other federal student aid programs, have been eliminated.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Education-Department-Student-Privacy-Initiatives.aspxEducation Department Launches Student Privacy InitiativesThe Department of Education this week announced a series of initiatives designed to safeguard student privacy while clarifying that states have the flexibility to share school data when necessary.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Republican-Budget-Plan-Slashes-Student-Aid.aspxWEDNESDAY BUZZ: House FY 2012 Republican Budget Plan Slashes Student Aid; Fate of 2011 Budget Still UnclearThe FY 2012 budget plan released yesterday by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) would impose major changes on key government entitlement programs and sweeping cuts in domestic spending, including Pell Grants and funding for university research and job training programs.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Committee-Holds-Hearing-on-Patent-Reform.aspxHouse Committee Holds Hearing on Patent ReformA new bill introduced in the House of Representatives to overhaul the nation's patent system was the subject of a Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Student-Aid-Alliance-Website-Helps-Fight-Student-Aid-Cuts.aspxStudent Aid Alliance Unveils New Website to Help Fight Federal Student Aid CutsThe Student Aid Alliance today unveiled a new website to help students and higher education leaders make the case for protecting Pell Grants and other core federal student aid programs from drastic budget cuts.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-and-Pearson-Collaborate-to-Transform-GED-Test.aspxACE and Pearson Collaborate to Transform GED Test, Aligned with Common Core State Standards, Based on GED 21st Century InitiativeACE and Pearson today announced the creation of a ground-breaking new business that will drive the future direction, design, and delivery of the GED® testing program.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Nancy-Cantor-Honored-Commitment-Diversity-in-Higher-Education.aspxNancy Cantor Honored for Ongoing Commitment to Diversity in Higher EducationNancy Cantor, chancellor and president of Syracuse University (NY), received the 2011 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award from ACE today.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Miami-Dade-College-Eduardo-Padr%C3%B3n-Board-Chair-American-Council-on-Education.aspxMiami Dade College President Eduardo J. Padrón Becomes Board Chair of American Council on EducationEduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami Dade College (FL), has been named chair of the Board of Directors of ACE, the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Report-Seeks-New-Definition-of-Dynamic-Presidential-Leadership.aspxACE Report Seeks New Definition of Dynamic Presidential LeadershipAs nearly 1,500 college and university leaders gather for ACE's 93rd Annual Meeting, a new report examines what kind of leadership higher education will need for the future and how to best develop it.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/TIAA-CREF-Freeman-Hrabowski-Theodore-M--Hesburgh-Award-Leadership-Excellence.aspxTIAA-CREF Honors Freeman Hrabowski with 2011 Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership ExcellenceTIAA-CREF has announced that Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, has been awarded the 2011 TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence. Dr. Hrabowski was selected by an independent panel of judges based largely on his work to increase the representation of minority students in science and engineering and create an institutional model of inclusive excellence.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Robert-Caret-ACE-Council-of-Fellows-Fidelity-Investments-Mentor-Award.aspxRobert Caret Receives 2011 ACE Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor AwardRobert Caret, president of Towson University (MD) and president-elect of the University of Massachusetts, was today presented with the 2011 Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award* during ACE's 93rd Annual Meeting. The Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award is presented annually to acknowledge the enormous role of mentors in the success of ACE Fellows Program participants.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Susan-Perry-Donna-Shavlik-Award-ACE.aspxACE Honors Susan L. Perry With 2011 Donna Shavlik AwardACE this evening honored Susan L. Perry, a pioneer in the integration of computing and library services, with the 2011 Donna Shavlik Award in recognition of her lifelong commitment to advancing women’s issues in higher education. The award was presented during the Women’s Leadership Dinner hosted by ACE’s Office of Women in Higher Education (OWHE) as part of the ACE Annual Meeting currently underway at the Washington Hilton.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Rescind-State-Authorization-Rule.aspxACE, Groups Ask Education Department to Rescind State Authorization RuleACE and 59 higher education and accrediting organizations yesterday sent a letter to the Department of Education requesting that it rescind the so-called state authorization regulation released in October as part of the final package of program integrity rules.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Hearings-Examine-Regulatory-Burden-on-Education.aspxWEDNESDAY BUZZ: First in Series of House Hearings Examines Regulatory Burden on EducationThe House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing yesterday to examine the impact of federal regulations on educational institutions.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Supreme-Court-Hears-Patent-Case.aspxTUESDAY BUZZ: Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Patent Case; Senate Prepares to Take Up Patent Reform MeasureThe U.S. Supreme Court yesterday heard oral arguments in the case Stanford University v. Roche Molecular Systems, which deals with the question of who owns the rights to patents stemming from federally funded research.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Washington-ACE-93rd-Annual-Meeting.aspxMore Than 1,400 Higher Education Leaders to Gather in Washington for ACE's 93rd Annual MeetingLeadership, information technology and the future of higher education will be just a few the issues addressed at the 93rd Annual Meeting of ACE, taking place in Washington, DC, March 5-8, 2011. Among the featured speakers will be: the Honorable Raymond Jefferson, assistant secretary for veterans' employment and training service, U.S. Department of Labor; Clayton M. Christensen, Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School (MA); and Bob Johansen, distinguished fellow, Institute for the Future.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Bill-Cuts-Student-Aid.aspxHouse Spending Bill Would Make Deep Cuts to Student AidThe House of Representatives took the first step in finalizing funding for FY 2011 by voting 235-189 on Saturday to pass legislation (H.R. 1) that would cut $61 billion from spending on domestic programs for the remainder of the fiscal year.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-FY2011-Funding-Bill.aspxHouse Begins Debate on FY 2011 Funding Bill; Student Aid Among Programs to Be CutThe House begins debate today on legislation to fund the federal government for the remainder of FY 2011. The bill would cut more than $100 billion from domestic programs—including student aid—and the higher education community in Washington is uniformly opposing it.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Molly-Corbett-Broad-President-Obama's-Budget-Proposal.aspxStatement of ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on President Obama's Budget ProposalStatement of ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on President Obama's Budget Proposalhttp://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Obama-FY2012-Budget.aspxMONDAY BUZZ: President’s FY 2012 Budget Request Would Maintain Pell GrantsPresident Obama released his budget request for the coming fiscal year this morning at a middle school in Baltimore. Most significantly for higher education, the proposal contains specific provisions to maintain the stability of the Pell Grant Programhttp://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/STUDENT-AID-ALLIANCE-OPPOSE-STUDENT-AID-CUTS.aspxStudent Aid Alliance Urges House to Oppose Drastic Student Aid Cuts in H.R. 1The Student Aid Alliance (SAA) today sent a letter to members of the House of Representatives asking them to oppose the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (H.R. 1), citing drastic cuts to student aid programs that will cause significant damage to the U.S. economy in both the short and long term.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Statement-HHS-Student-Health-Care-Regulations.aspxACE Reacts to Proposed HHS Student Health Care RegulationsACE today reacted to the release of proposed regulations by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would ensure college and university health plans offer students the consumer protections created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the health care reform legislation signed into law last year.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Senate-Judiciary-Committee-Patent-Bill.aspxSenate Judiciary Committee Approves Patent Bill; House Committee to Take Up Issue This WeekThe Patent Reform Act of 2011 moved forward last week as the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 15-0 on Feb. 3 to approve the bipartisan measure authored by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA).http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Supreme-Court-Walsh-Badger-Catholic.aspxACE Asks Supreme Court to Hear Religious Activities Funding CaseACE submitted an amicus brief today to the U.S. Supreme Court requesting that it review a federal appeals court ruling that requires the University of Wisconsin-Madison to fund religious worship activities.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/BUZZ-President-Focuses-Innovation-Education-SOTU.aspxWEDNESDAY BUZZ: President Focuses on Innovation, Education in State of the Union AddressRepeating his goal of once again having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by the end of the decade, President Obama focused on the necessity of investing in innovation and education to “win the future” and compete in the global economy Tuesday night in his second State of the Union address.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Supreme-Court-Medical-Schools-FICA.aspxSupreme Court Rules Medical Schools Must Pay Social Security Taxes for ResidentsThe U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled unanimously that medical schools must treat residents as employees rather than students and therefore these students are not exempted from paying Social Security and Medicare taxes.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Luce-Foundation-Grant-ACE-Will-Multicultural-Education-and-Internationalization.aspxLuce Foundation Grant to ACE Will Promote Multicultural Education and InternationalizationThe Henry Luce Foundation has awarded ACE a three-year, $400,000 grant for At Home in the World, a project to promote collaboration between internationalization and multicultural education initiatives on college and university campuses.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Patent-Brief-Stanford-SupremeCt.aspxACE, Research Groups Submit Brief to the Supreme Court in Patent CaseACE has joined with a coalition of higher education and research organizations and more than 40 higher education institutions to submit an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Stanford University (CA) in Stanford v. Roche.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/FCC-Approves-Net-Neutrality-Rules.aspxFCC Approves Net Neutrality RulesThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today approved new regulations that would strengthen the concept of “net neutrality” by preventing Internet service providers from blocking or slowing the delivery of services or content from rival companies.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Revised-Title-IX-Compliance-Policy.aspxTUESDAY BUZZ: Obama Administration Announces Revised Title IX Compliance PolicyVice President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan today announced a change to Title IX compliance requirements for colleges and universities, reversing a 2005 policy that allows institutions to comply by using electronic surveys to measure female students’ interest in athletics.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-of-Higher-Education-Presidential-Associations-on-Affirmative-Action-Cases-Before-the-United-States-Supreme-Court.aspxStatement of Higher Education Presidential Associations on Affirmative Action Cases Before the United States Supreme CourtThe higher education community welcomes the United States Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger, cases addressing race-conscious admissions at the University of Michigan. A decision by the Court promises to bring legal clarity to admission practices.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Task-Force-on-Government-Regulation-of-Higher-Education-Main.aspxTask Force on Government Regulation of Higher EducationThe Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education was formed in fall 2013 by a bipartisan group of senators to examine ways to reduce and streamline the myriad federal regulations that impact colleges and universities.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Internationalization-Through-Technology.aspxInternationalization Through TechnologyThis is an award program to recognize and promote the use of technology to advance internationalization. Technology holds great promise for supporting activities that strengthen institutional global engagement through meaningful international collaborations for faculty and staff, and for providing students with experiences and opportunities through which they may acquire global competencies—the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to live and work in our multicultural and interconnected world.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Resources-Fisher-v-University-of-Texas-at-Austin-Before-the-US-Supreme-Court.aspxRESOURCES: Fisher v. University of Texas at AustinStatements from ACE and the higher education community, ACE’s amicus brief in support of UT, news stories on the decision, and more.