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  • Student Mobility

    December 4, 2018

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    Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on Central European University

    ACE President Ted Mitchell released a statement regarding Central European University being forced to relocate from Budapest, Hungary, to Vienna, Austria, and calling on Hungary to reconsider its stance and show that it understands and embraces the...

  • 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 Mobility

    November 26, 2018

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    Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Pardon of Matthew Hedges

    ACE President Ted Mitchell released a statement regarding the pardon of British Ph.D. student Matthew Hedges, who had been wrongfully imprisoned by the United Arab Emirates.

  • Institutional Effectiveness

    November 13, 2018

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    ACE Research Report Explores Lessons Learned from University of Missouri Crisis

    A new ACE report explores what led to the University of Missouri’s 2015-16 racial crisis and the institution's response, offering recommendations to leaders who strive to create a positive racial climate on campus.

  • Student Mobility

    November 13, 2018

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    Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on Open Doors 2018

    ACE President Ted Mitchell released a statemtent Nov. 13 on the 2018 Open Doors report from IIE, which showed declining new international student enrollment for the third year in a row.

  • 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.

  • Financial Aid

    October 19, 2018

    October 9-12, 2018

    ​With midterm elections less than a month away and lawmakers focused on campaigning, there will not be a regular edition of President to President until Congress reconvenes in mid-November for a lame duck session. One matter we are watching for is...

  • Higher Education Act

    October 12, 2018

    October 1-5, 2018

    The House of Representatives officially adjourned last week, with Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announcing that votes are no longer expected during the month of October and that they will reconvene in November sometime after the midterm...

  • Financial Aid

    October 10, 2018

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    ACE, NASFAA Ask Education Department to Reimburse Institutions for Perkins Loan Forgiveness Costs

    Some students who received a Perkins loan can have their debt cancelled, but for the past eight years, the burden of covering the cost has fallen solely to colleges and universities with no assistance from the Department of Education.

  • Financial Aid

    October 5, 2018

    ACE and NAFSAA Followup Letter to Department of Education on Reimbursement for Perkins Loan Cancellations

    ​ACE and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NAFSAA) submitted this letter to the Department of Education following up on their July 11 letter regarding the department’s failure to reimburse colleges and universities...

 

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    2017

    Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on College Basketball Corruption Case​

    Sept. 26, 2017—ACE President Ted Mitchell responds to the federal investigation into the college basketball corruption scheme.

    Sept. 5, 2017—ACE responds to Trump administration's reported announcement to rescind the Obama-era program designed to protect so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as young children.

    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on Trump Administration Decision to Continue DACA Program

    June 16, 2017—ACE responds to the Trump administration's announcement to continue the Obama-era program designed to protect so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as young children.

    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Department of Education's Regulatory Review Announcement

    June 14, 2017—Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has announced the department's intention to establish rulemaking committees on borrower defense to repayment and gainful employment regulations.

    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Agreement

    May 1, 2017—The budget agreement released today demonstrates strong, bipartisan support for the students and families our colleges and universities serve, and for the advancement of medical and scientific research.

    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

    May 23, 2017—President Trump's budget for FY 2018 envisions drastic cuts to federal student aid and research funding of a magnitude not seen in nearly four decades.

    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on President Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

    March 6, 2017—In response to the Trump administration’s second travel ban, an effort to clarify the first executive order issued on Jan. 27.

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    2016​

    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on USA Funds Announcement

    Dec. 7, 2016—We applaud USA Funds’ new direction and its continued commitment to exploring innovative ways to expand access to postsecondary education for a wide range of students.

    ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Election of Donald J. Trump

    Nov. 9, 2017—I join more than 4,000 college and university presidents and other higher education leaders across the country in wishing President-elect Trump well as he prepares to embark on his term in January and address the many challenges facing our nation at home and abroad.

    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on C-RAC’s New Review Policy

    Sept. 21, 2016—Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions' new review policy, which will further scrutinize institutions with low graduation rates.

    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad and ACE Board Chair John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University, on the NCAA Diversity and Gender Equity Pledge

    Sept. 21, 2016—Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad and ACE Board Chair John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University, on the NCAA's diversity and gender equity pledge released Sept. 21.

    ACE President Molly Corbett Broad Statement on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin Decision

    June 23, 2016The U.S. Supreme Court has voted 4-3 to uphold the University of Texas at Austin's consideration of race and ethnicity in college admissions.

    Statement of ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Death of St. Cloud State University President Earl Potter

    June 14, 2016Statement of ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Death of St. Cloud State University President Earl Potter, whose passing represents an enormous loss to SCSU and all of higher education.

    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Department of Labor’s FLSA Overtime Regulation

    May 17, 2016Colleges and universities are major employers in many communities around the country, offering stable jobs with good wages and benefits to millions of individuals from many professions and walks of life.

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    2015

    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Department of Education's Accreditation Plan

    Nov. 5, 2015There is no question that accreditors are being called upon to watch institutions—especially low-performing schools—more carefully and the Department of Education’s action comes in response to that imperative.

    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on GEDWorks

    Oct. 2, 2015The establishment of GEDWorks™ and the partnership between GED Testing Service and some of the nation’s largest employers marks a significant step toward our goal of expanding the pipeline of adult learners equipped to compete in today’s global economy.

    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Election of Margaret Spellings as University of North Carolina President

    Oct. 23, 2015Margaret Spellings is an experienced leader who helped set a national higher education agenda around affordability and accountability, and she now brings that experience to the University of North Carolina.

    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Shooting at Umpqua Community College

    Oct. 1, 2015Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on Oct. 1.

    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Ninth Circuit’s Ruling in O’Bannon v. NCAA

    Sept. 30, 2015Student-athletes are first and foremost students, and transforming them into paid professionals would harm the quality of their overall educational experience.

    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on Mary Sue Coleman Being Named President of the Association of American Universities

    Sept. 29, 2015A former president of the University of Michigan and the University of Iowa, Coleman will assume her new role on June 1, 2016.

    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the White House’s “Prior-Prior Year” Announcement

    Sept. 14, 2015The White House has announced that the federal government allow students to apply for financial aid based on their family’s income from two years earlier instead of the immediately previous year, a concept known as “prior-prior year.”

    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Department of Education’s Revised College Scorecard

    Sept. 14, 2015The Department of Education has unveiled its new College Scorecard website, the tool it is offering in place of the administration's plan to rate colleges.

    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the National Labor Relations Board’s Decision in the Northwestern Student-Athlete Unionization Case

    Aug. 17, 2015NLRB has ended an attempt by Northwestern University football players to unionize.

    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on Hillary Clinton’s Student Loan Plan

    Aug. 10, 2015Hillary Clinton has rolled out a $350 billion proposal designed to help millions pay for college and reduce interest rates for people with student loans.

    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the U.S. Supreme Court Granting Review in Fisher v. University of Texas

    June 29, 2015The U.S. Supreme Court has again agreed to hear a legal challenge to the race-conscious admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin, first decided by the court in 2013.

    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on Department of Education's Ratings Plan

    June 25, 2015The Department of Education is now planning a consumer-oriented website that will not include a scoring system or any evaluations of colleges.

    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on President Obama’s Student Loan Plan

    March 10, 2015The president's proposed "Student Aid Bill of Rights" would streamline the system for servicing student loans.

    Statement of ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Death of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh

    Feb. 27, 2015We mourn the passing but celebrate the remarkable life and profound legacy of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh.

    ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Report of the Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education

    Feb. 12, 2015This report contains an in-depth examination of how the federal oversight of higher education has expanded and evolved over the years and offers a set of recommendations aimed at streamlining and simplifying regulations.

    ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on President Obama’s Community College Initiative

    Jan. 9, 2015President Obama has presented an extremely bold proposal, a potential game-changer that could encourage millions more students to consider, apply and enroll in postsecondary education.​​​

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