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  • January 30, 2019

    Comments to the Department of Education on Proposed Rule Amending Title IX Regulations

    The associations believe while there are some elements in the proposed regulations that would be helpful, on balance, the draft rule would do more harm than good. ​The comments note provisions that would help institutions address sexual harassment, provisions that would undermine these efforts, and provisions that require clarification.

  • Immigration

    December 10, 2018

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    ACE Submits Comments on Proposed Public Charge Rule

    The Council is concerned about the impact on American students with immigrant family members as well as international students, including graduate and professional students who may become legally employed in the United States.

  • Financial Aid

    November 28, 2018

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    Education Department Announces Delay in Recall of Perkins Funds

    The Department of Education has announced a delay in the recall of Perkins Loan funds from colleges and universities while it explores the need to reimburse institutions for their share of canceled loans for some borrowers.

  • Student Issues

    November 29, 2018

    Letter to HHS on Proposed Definition of Sex

    ACE and 28 other higher education associations sent this letter to the Department of Health and Human Services to express concern about a proposal under consideration to narrowly define sex as determined at birth and unchangeable.

  • Law and the Courts

    November 8, 2018

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    Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on Ninth Circuit DACA Ruling

    We applaud the unanimous decision keeping the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy in force. However, it also underscores the unacceptable legal and political limbo in which Dreamers continue to find themselves.

  • Higher Education Act

    October 3, 2018


    ED Delays Final Regulations on Borrower Defense, Gainful Employment

    The Department of Education will miss a key deadline this fall to release final regulations to replace the borrower defense and gainful employment rules implemented by the Obama administration.



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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    Anne Meehan


    Budget & appropriations; federal policy; federal student aid; legislative issues

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    Sarah Spreitzer


    Research policy & funding; federal policy; international students; immigration; legislative issues