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Letter to the Senate HELP Committee on Priorities for Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act

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Letter to the Senate HELP Committee on Priorities for Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act

February 23, 2018

In response to a call for comments by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Feb. 13 regarding the Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization, ACE and 47 other higher education associations submitted a letter listing seven principles that represent broad goals of the higher education community for reauthorization.

The principles are:
  1. Do no har​m. Reauthorization of the HEA should be used to clearly and unambiguously improve student aid for students.
  2. The Higher Education Act should continue to promote access to postsecondary education and encourage completion.
  3. Terms, conditions, and loan limits for federal student loans matter for undergraduate, graduate, and parent borrowers.
  4. Institutions should be responsible for defining their mission and the nature of their academic programs.
  5. The bill should make efforts to reduce fraud and abuse where it exists, and should not take steps that will increase the likelihood of fraud or abuse.
  6. The federal government should encourage experimentation and expansion of new learning opportunities to promote quality and efficiency.
  7. Streamline regulations and reduce regulatory burden in a manner that allows institutions to meet their obligations to students and taxpayers without imposing unnecessary cost or the diversion of resources.
Along with ACE, assocations signing the letter include:
  • ACPA- College Student Educators International 
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education 
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing 
  • American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine 
  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers 
  • American Association of Community Colleges  
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities 
  • American Association of University Professors 
  • American College Health Association 
  • American Dental Education Association 
  • American Indian Higher Education Consortium  
  • APPA- Leadership in Education Facilities 
  • Association of American Medical Colleges 
  • Association of American Universities  
  • Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities 
  • Association of College and University Housing Officers- International 
  • Association of College Unions International  
  • Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges 
  • Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities  
  • Association of Public and Land-grant Universities 
  • Association of Research Libraries 
  • Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities  
  • Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area  
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities 
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation  
  • Council for Opportunity in Education 
  • Council of Graduate Schools  
  • Council of Independent Colleges  
  • Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions 
  • Educational Testing Service 
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities  
  • NASPA- Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education  
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling 
  • National Association of Colleges and Employers 
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers 
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities  
  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators 
  • National Association of System Heads 
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation 
  • NODA- Association for Orientation, Transition & Retention in Higher Education
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society 
  • The College Board 
  • The Common Application  
  • UNCF (United Negro College Fund) 

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