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

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

The Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education released a report on Feb. 12, 2015, examining how the federal oversight of higher education has evolved and expanded over the years. The Task Force was formed in fall 2013​ by a bipartisan group of senators​, including Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Richard Burr (R-NC) and was co-chaired by William E. Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, and Nicholas Zeppos, chancellor of Vanderbilt University (TN).

Accreditation Task Force ReportACE’s National Task Force on Institutional Accreditation released a report in 2012, urging the higher education community to strengthen and improve the quality and public accountability of the accreditation process. The task force, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was co-chaired by University of Richmond (VA) President Edward Ayers and Association of American Universities President Emeritus Robert Berdahl. Members included presidents and chancellors from public and private, nonprofit and for-profit, two-year and four-year institutions, along with accrediting agency officials and other experts.



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