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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

This Week in Legislation - Week of February 21


 
Week of February 21, 2017

·         This week, both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate are in recess for the Presidents’ Day holiday. Both chambers will return to legislative business on Monday, February 27, 2017.

·         On Wednesday through Friday, all day, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity holds a meeting to elect a new chair and vice-chair, convenes a panel discussion on outcome measures, revisits how it will proceed in its review of accrediting agencies at future meetings, and considers a compliance report involving the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

·         On Wednesday at 12:00 p.m., The Heritage Foundation hosts a panel discussion titled, “Reawakening the Congressional Review Act.” The Congressional Review Act of 1996 (CRA) is Congress’s most recent effort to exert its authority over the federal regulatory process. The Act requires the Executive Branch to report every rule to the House of Representatives and Senate, and allows each chamber to move a resolution repealing the regulation with a simple majority vote. Participants include: David McIntosh, President, Club for Growth, and former U.S. Representative from Indiana; Todd Gaziano, Executive Director, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Law, Pacific Legal Foundation; Paul Larkin, Senior Legal Research Fellow, Institute for Constitutional Government; and John Malcolm, Director, Edwin Meese III Center.

 
·         On Wednesday at 1:00 p.m., Federal Reserve Board of Governors Member Jerome Powell gives a speech titled, “The Economic Outlook and Monetary Policy,” at the Forecaster’s Club of New York Luncheon in New York, NY.

 
·         On Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC) releases the minutes of its two-day meeting held January 31 – February 1.

 
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

5 Reasons Schools Should Send A Yearly Debt Letter To Student Borrowers







 
 








By Amy Glynn, Vice President of Financial Aid & Community
Initiatives at CampusLogic

A loan letter, sometimes referred to as a debt letter, is a “letter” sent to student loan borrowers each year  recapping for the student pertinent information about his or her loan debt to date. For example, estimated monthly payments and percentage of loan limits used.



Loan Letters Gaining Traction
Indiana University (IU) implemented a loan letter to all student borrowers in 2012; student borrowing has declined by 18 percent. Indiana and Nebraska have passed laws mandating annual debt letters while other states have proposed legislation. Georgia’s chancellor requires a debt letter for all students, a move impacting all four-year public institutions in The University of Georgia System.

Four reasons you should send a yearly debt letter:

1 - Master Promissory Notes Aren’t Enough
What other industry allows an open-ended loan application—one that can be added to for up to 10 years? The Master Promissory Note (MPN)  simplified and reduced the amount of paperwork collected over a student’s lifetime, only making them complete the loan application once every 10 years. Having a student complete an MPN reminds him/her that real money is trading hands. A loan letter makes student borrowing even more tangible.
2 – Students Need to Physically Handle Debt
The importance of students seeing the money they are borrowing as more than numbers on a page is monumental. There was a time when students would sign loan documents each year, later signing the physical check over to the school. I’m not saying we go back to the days of paper checks, but I think sending a letter each year reminding students of their growing debt is important. Right now, for many, there’s no other place students regularly receive this information.
3- Students Don’t Know How Much They Have Borrowed
A Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings study found that among Federal Loan borrowers 28% said they had no Federal Loan debt. An additional 14% said they didn’t have any student debt. This means, at minimum, 42% of students with loan debt are unaware of it. It’s scary that borrowers are making the largest financial decision of their lives to-date, yet they don’t know how much they’re going to have to repay. 
4—Students Don’t Know the Repayment Terms On Their Loans.
According to LendEDU’s recent study of student loan borrowers:

-          93% don’t know the difference between subsidized and unsubsidized loans
-          94% don’t understand their loan repayment terms
-          73% thought Sallie Mae was a person, not a company
These statistics indicate students don’t understand the terms of their loans. How do we combat this? Education. And more education. We need to find new, relevant ways to educate students on potential loan debt, both before and during the borrowing process. A good loan letter can do just that—just ask the schools that are seeing tremendous results from implementing them.

State Legislative Update - February 2017


 
State Legislative Update                               

February 2017

Legislative news from across the SASFAA region, prepared by your 2016-2017 SASFAA Legislative Relations Committee.

Christen Neher – SASFAA Legislative Relations Chair
Ron Gambill – TASFAA Governmental Relations Chair
Mary Otto – NCASFAA Legislative Advisory Chair
Vanessa Fulton – GASFAA Legislative Affairs Chair
Erin Klarer – KASFAA Legislative Chair
Jennifer Epperson – AASFAA Legislative Relations Chair
Francisco Valines – FASFAA Legislative Relation Chair
Della Bays – VASFAA Government Relations Chair
Amanda Holliday – MASFAA Legislative Chair
Joey Derrick – SCASFAA Legislative Relations Chair
Amy Berrier – SASFAA Past President
Mike O’Grady – Legislative Knowledge Expert


Alabama

Accrediting body asks for removal of Bentley from two-year college board:


VA Scholarship Program Cost Could Impact Other Higher Ed Funding Requests:


Georgia

REACH Scholarship Celebrates 5 Years, 3rd Annual REACH Day at the Capitol

The Georgia House of Representatives and the Georgia State Senate proclaimed January 25, 2017, as REACH Georgia Day at the Capitol. In its fifth year, REACH Georgia is currently preparing 685 students in 69 participating school systems for high school and college completion.

REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) is a public-private mentorship and needs-based scholarship program, as well as a key component of the state’s Complete College Georgia Initiative. Upon graduation from high school, REACH Scholars are awarded up to $10,000 to attend a HOPE-eligible two or four-year Georgia college.

Kentucky

In what is normally just a welcome back to Frankfort week, the House and Senate rushed through seven of their priority bills. Which, you know, with their new supermajority in both chambers and holding the Governor’s office is certainly their prerogative. HOWEVER, they also used the old trickeroo of giving a dog bite bill (SB12) two readings before swapping the language out for the codification of Governor Bevin’s Executive Order that reorganized the UofL Board of Trustees. Somebody must have tipped them off that this was coming:  U of L accreditation agency blames Bevin. Let’s all say a little prayer for UofL and hope no one gets bitten by a dog.

But wait, your school may be joining in the fun too! SB 107 permits the Governor or other appointing authority to remove and replace certain board or council appointments. This affects all of the public colleges and universities, the Council on Postsecondary Education and the Kentucky Department of Education. Hearings on this one will happen in February (in theory). I don’t think this bill will generate the ire of SACS, but who knows. Fast legislation = sloppy legislation = lawsuits that you and I taxpayer get to pay for.

Anyway, so what financial aid bills are there? Not many. Yet.

HB 20 – rename KEES to the Arch Gleason Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship. Arch was the long-time CEO of the KY Lottery, who passed away suddenly last year. So this is an incredibly nice gesture, but I’d like to convince the sponsors that a simple Resolution read in his honor would be just as meaningful.

HB 62 – KEES for apprenticeship programs. KHEAA’s wonderful Dr. Mel Letteer did quite a bit of research on this, and while it sounds like a great idea, this is another one of those that would require additional up front funding. So KHEAA would either have to get a General Fund appropriation for this, cut everyone else’s KEES award, or take the amount from CAP and KTG. AND, for the most part it’s the employer that is paying for apprenticeship costs, not the students (who are paid wages, mind you). So why not have a tax deduction for employers offering apprenticeship programs?

Other items of interest: SB 106 – Requiring Financial Literacy lessons in high school. So kids can know what interest is! That would be nice, wouldn’t it?

Mississippi

Partnership between Mississippi Board of Trustees of Higher Learning and the Mississippi Development Authority will help to bridge the gap between Mississippians being overlooked for jobs.  This initiative, will help showcase Mississippi to potential employees as well as define economic strengths of Mississippi’s public universities.  A second initiative of this partnership, an online tool for recent graduates, will help recent graduates to find jobs within the state instead of searching outside of Mississippi. 

South Carolina

With the 122nd Session of the South Carolina Legislative session underway, a flurry of higher education-related bills have been introduced.  Many of those bills aim to increase accountability and transparency, as well as cost control and oversight.  In addition, with South Carolina now using a 10 point grading scale in K-12, changes to the academic criteria for the state-supported scholarship and grant programs are being discussed in order to address a possible large-scale increase in students eligible for such awards.

Virginia

Virginia public and private nonprofit institutions awarded 119,934 degrees and certificates in 2015-16 – a state record.

That total represents a 3.8% increase over the previous year’s total of 115,577.  Of the 119,234 awards, 73% were from public institutions (45% from four-year and 28% from two-year). Three in four awards were for undergraduates in the form of bachelor's and associate’s degrees or certificates.

The Virginia General Assembly is in session, and a number of bills pertaining to higher education have been introduced.  This link provides a list of current bills, http://schev.edu/index/agency-info/legislative/legislative-bills.  Of particular interest to financial aid professionals in the Commonwealth are HB 2427 and HB 2426 both of which pertain to the VGAP grant program, HB 1916 which establishes the Virginia Student Loan Authority, and HB 1915 which requires loan servicers to obtain a license from the State Corporation Commission.  Each of these bills currently are in committee.

Florida

As the Florida Legislature ramps up for the session that starts March 7th, several bills impacting Higher Education have been filed.

SB2, is the widest ranging, included in this bill:

1.      A requirement for the State University’s to create block tuition for Undergraduate Students (currently tuition is charged by the credit hour).

2.      Requiring the State College System and the State University System to create 2+2 pathway programs where each State College will establish at least one such program with a State University.

3.      Restoring funding to The Bright Futures Florida Academic Scholars program so that 100% of tuition and mandatory fees are covered along with a $300 book stipend.

4.      Some changes to the performance metrics for Florida State College System and State University System.

5.      Changes to the Pre-eminent and Emerging Pre-eminent program for the State University System

6.      Changing the First Generation Matching Grant Program from $1 state for every $1 private to $2 state for every $1 private funds raised.

7.      Renaming the Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG) to Effective Access to Student Education grant.

8.      Changes to the Benacquisto Scholarship Program that will allow non-Florida residents to receive the scholarship.

 
There is also SB369, included in this bill:

1.      Requiring notifying students at postsecondary institutions that receive state financial aid:

a.      The amount of loans they have borrowed.

b.      Either the total potential payoff or an estimate of a range of the total payoff.

c.       Monthly repayment amount that may be incurred including principal and interest for loans already taken out.

d.      The percentage of the borrowing limit the student has reached.

2.      The bill specifically states that the institution will not incur liability for providing this information.

 

Tennessee

The 2017 session of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly convened on Tuesday, January 10.  No significant bills related to state financial aid programs have been filed but a few are anticipated to be introduced in the coming weeks after a three-week legislative recess.

The state need-based grant program is at its highest funded level in the history of the program for the current award year.  It is hoped that an additional appropriation will be recommended in the Governor’s budget for 2017-18.

On January 30, 2017, the Governor gave his State of the State address which included a re-connect program that would allow all adults the opportunity to attend a community college tuition and fees free. 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

This Week in Legislation - Weeks of January 30 and February 6

 
Week of January 30, 2017
·         This week, both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are in session for legislative business. However, neither chamber is expected to consider student financial aid-related legislation.
·         Today through Wednesday, all day, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) holds its annual conference titled, “Quality Assurance and Accreditation: Moving Into the Future.” On Tuesday, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Chair of the House Education and the Workforce Committee will deliver remarks at 7:45 a.m. while Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) will provide remarks at 11:30 a.m. Attendees will participate in sessions on “The 2016 Presidential Election: What Does it Mean for Accreditation and Higher Education?”, “Accreditation from the Perspective of Students,” “Perceptions of Higher Education,” and “Looking Back and Looking Forward: The Future Role of Accreditation.” For details and to register, visit the event website.
·         Today through Wednesday, all day, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) holds its Annual Meeting and Advocacy Day. During the three-day program, attendees will hear from Charlie Cook, Editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report, and attend sessions on “Tax Reform: The Future of Higher Education Benefits an Endowments,” “The Budget Progress and Student Aid Funding,” “Deregulation: Pathways Available to Congress and the Administration,” “Student Loans: Changes Ahead in the New Congress, ” “The Trump Administration: Opportunities and Risks for Higher Education.”
 
·         Today through Wednesday, all day, the Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organizations (COHEAO) holds its Annual Conference. The event includes insights from key players on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and other legislation affecting the student financial services industry as well as updates and perspectives on the U.S. Department of Education and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
 
·         On Tuesday and Wednesday, all day, the Federal Reserve holds a two-day meeting of its Federal Open Market Committee. The minutes for each regularly scheduled meeting of the committee, which include a description of economic and financial conditions, are made available three weeks after its policy decisions are posted in the Federal Reserve Board’s Annual Report.
·         On Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee meets to consider the nomination of Betsy DeVos to serve as the next Secretary of Education, and to organize for the 115th Congress. The meeting will be livestreamed on the Committee’s website.
·         Wednesday is the deadline to submit public comments on the petition filed by the Title IV Additional Servicers and Student Loan Servicing Alliance requesting that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reconsider the order and rule released August 11, 2016, that established rules applicable to calls to collect debt owed to or guaranteed by the federal government under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
·         On Wednesday at 9:40 a.m., the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee meets to consider the nomination of Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) as the Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, and to organize for the 115th Congress.
 
·         On Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., the Brookings Institution hosts an event titled, “Agenda Setting at the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission under the New Administration.” The event includes a roundtable discussion with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and Federal Trade Commission Commissioner Terrell McSweeny to discuss how the agencies will function and what issues will be prioritized under the new Trump Administration. Each commissioner will speak to her particular agenda, including Commissioner Clyburn’s recent release of the #Solutions2020 Call to Action Plan which presents a comprehensive plan and approach to communications policies, and Commissioner McSweeny’s portfolio to advance intellectual property, competition, and innovation. For details and to register, visit the Brookings website.
·         On Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., the Senate Budget Committee holds a hearing titled, “Congressional Budget Office’s Budget and Economic Outlook for Fiscal Years 2017-2027.” The sole witness will be: The Honorable Keith Hall, Director, Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The committee is also expected to consider the nomination of Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) as the Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
 
·         On Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) hosts an event titled, “The Man who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan.” Panelists will discuss Chairman Greenspan’s legacy, including his impact on U.S. and foreign central bank monetary policies and our understanding of financial cycles. Participants include: Sebastian Mallaby, Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations; J. Alfred Broaddus, former President, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond; and Paul Kupiec, Resident Scholar, AEI.
 
·         On Thursday at 9:30 a.m., the D.C. Court of Appeals hears oral arguments in a case examining whether the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has the power to investigate accreditation at for-profit colleges.
·         On Thursday at 10:00 a.m., the House Budget Committee holds a hearing titled, “The Congressional Budget Office’s Budget and Economic Outlook.” The sole witness will be: The Honorable Keith Hall, Director, CBO.
 
Week of February 6, 2017

The NCHER Daily Briefing will be on a publishing break next Monday, February 6, through Wednesday, February 8, due to the 2017 Legislative Conference.
·         On Monday at 4:00 p.m., the Heritage Foundation hosts an event titled, “Tax Reform in the New Congress,” where Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy, will discuss the pillars of pro-growth tax reform: growth, simplicity, and service. He will speak on the urgent need to end the “Made in America” tax, lower tax rates for job creators of all sizes, and allow companies to fully write off the costs of new capital investments.
·         On Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., the National College Access Network (NCAN) hosts a briefing to learn about the barriers students face in trying to apply for financial aid, and share the Streamlined Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with members of Congress. Participants in the event include: Carrie Warick, Director of Policy and Advocacy, NCAN; Stacy Lightfoot, Vice President, College and Career Success, Public Education Foundation of Chattanooga; Yolanda Watson Spiva, President and Chief Executive Officer, College Success Foundation; Annie Wells, College Access Advisor, Davidson College Advising Corps; and Bonnie Sutton, President and Chief Executive Officer, Access College Foundation. For details, visit the event website.
 
·         On Tuesday at 3:00 p.m., the Federal Reserve releases its “Consumer Credit – G.19” report, which includes the amount of outstanding federal and private student loans. 
·         On Wednesday through Friday, all day, House Democrats hold a retreat to discuss their priorities for the 115th Congress in Baltimore, MD.
 
 
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Monday, January 23, 2017

Deadline Approaching: Scholarship Available for Financial Aid Administrators


SASFAA is looking for SUCCESS stories from within! The January 27 deadline is quickly approaching!  Specifically, we are looking to find aid administrators who are currently pursuing higher education degrees.  Do you fall into this category or know someone who does?

In honor of NASFAA’s 50th Anniversary, NASFAA’s Past Presidents and National Chairs made individual donations to the Dallas Martin Endowment with the following criteria:
 
·         Six scholarships, one per region, will be given to a deserving student, based on need; ·         Preference will be given to someone currently working in the financial aid profession; ·         Each scholarship will be $2,750;
·         Each region will select its recipient in a manner appropriate to its membership; and
·         The six recipients will be highlighted on the NASFAA website, conference program and/or in NASFAA’s Annual Report.
 
If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please send a short essay (no more than 2 pages) entitled, “This is My Story,” along with a photo to:
 
Keith Reeves
SASFAA Past President
Clemson University
sasfaa@gmail.com
 
Make sure that your essay includes the degree that you are pursuing and brief biographical information (institution, position, number of years in financial aid, etc.) in addition to your “This is My Story.”
 
The deadline for submitting this information is FRIDAY, JANUARY 27.  The winner of the scholarship for the SASFAA region will be announced at the annual conference in Biloxi.  The committee for selecting the scholarship recipient will be composed of past SASFAA presidents and executive board members.
 
Information provided by all applicants may be used for “success story” highlights during the upcoming conference, on the SASFAA Facebook page and via SASFAA Nine News releases. 

 

This Week in Legislation - Week of January 23, 2017

 
Week of January 23, 2017
·         This week, both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are in session for legislative business. However, neither chamber is expected to consider student financial aid-related legislation. Of interest to NCHER members, the House is slated to consider H.R. 290, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Process Reform Act of 2017, which requires the commission to amend its rules to maximize opportunities for public participation and improve its rulemaking process, including setting minimum public comment periods, establishing deadlines for resolving petitions for declaratory rulings, and establishing procedures to allow a bipartisan majority of commissioners to place actions on the agenda.
 
·         Today at 3:30 p.m., the Heritage Foundation hosts an event titled, “Tax Reform in the New Congress.” During the event, Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy, will discuss the pillars of pro-growth tax reform: growth, simplicity, and service.
·         On Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) releases its annual Budget and Economic Outlook. The report will include updated economic and budget projections spanning the period from 2017 to 2027. CBO’s most recent economic and budget projections can be found in An Update to the Budget and Economic Outlook: 2016 to 2026, which was released in August.
·         On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., the Senate Budget Committee holds a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) to serve as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
 
·         On Tuesday at 11:15 a.m., the House Education and the Workforce Committee holds its organizational meeting for the 115th Congress, which will consider and approve the committee’s rules, its subcommittee chairs, ranking members, and membership, and the new name for the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, which has jurisdiction over the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. During the meeting, members will also consider and adopt the committee’s oversight plan, which includes the following mention on higher education policy:
 
Student Loans. The U.S. Department of Education manages $1.3 trillion in outstanding federal student loans and disburses billions in grants and work-study funds each year. The Committee will continue to monitor the costs and performance of these programs.
Higher Education Regulations. Institutions of higher education are subject to myriad federal regulations and reporting requirements that are often burdensome and costly. The regulatory burden has only worsened with rules that interfere with academic freedom, infringe on the authorities of the states, limit student choice, and unfairly target particular sectors of higher education. The Committee will continue its oversight of regulatory policies and challenge those that enlarge the federal footprint in higher education.
 
·         On Tuesday at 11:30 a.m., the House Appropriations Committee holds its organizational meeting for the 115th Congress, which includes approving the committee’s rules, subcommittee chairs, ranking members, and membership and adopting the committee’s oversight plan.
 
·         On Tuesday at 12:00 p.m., the Heritage Foundation launches its new Center for Education Policy. The event will feature keynote remarks by Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), Chairman of the House Republican Study Committee. Panelists will then discuss the Center’s vision that education should be student-centered from kindergarten through college, giving all Americans the freedom to choose learning options that work for them. Panelists include: Jennifer Marshall, Vice President, Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, and the Joseph C. and Elizabeth A. Anderlik Fellow, The Heritage Foundation; Lindsey Burke, Will Skillman Fellow in Education Policy, The Heritage Foundation; Patrick Wolf, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Education Policy and 21st Century Endowed Chair in School Choice, Department of Education Reform, University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions; Virginia Walden Ford, Visiting Fellow, The Heritage Foundation; Genevieve Wood, Senior Fellow in Communications and Senior Contributor, The Daily Signal; and J.B. Horton, Senior Counselor and John Von Kannon Fellow in Philanthropy, The Heritage Foundation. For details, visit the Heritage Foundation website.
 
·         On Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus hosts a briefing on the intersection of infrastructure and CTE. Participants include: Kelly Almond, President, Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education,  and Teacher, South Paulding High School; Michelle Gerdes, Designer, Energy Infrastructure Distribution Systems, We Energies; Matt Szollosi, Executive Director, Affiliated Construction Trades; Jorge Valenzuela, Instructional Specialist, Richmond Public Schools Department of Career and Technical Education, and Chair, Virginia Council on Technology and Engineering Education Supervision; and Steve DeWitt, Deputy Executive Director, Association for Career and Technical Education. For details, visit the event website.
 
·         On Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee holds a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) to serve as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
·         On Wednesday through Friday, all-day, House and Senate Republicans hold a joint retreat to discuss their priorities for the 115th Congress in Philadelphia, PA. During the event, members are expected to hear from President Donald Trump and discuss efforts to reform the nation’s tax code. The Democratic retreat will be held on February 8-10, 2017.
 
·         On Wednesday through Saturday, all day, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) holds its 2017 annual meeting in San Francisco, CA. This year’s meeting uses the theme, “Building Public Trust in the Promise of Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence,” and will respond to the urgent need expressed by educators from campuses across the country for more effective approaches to restoring public trust in higher education and improving public understanding of how liberal education and inclusive excellence are valuable “public” and “private” goods. For details, visit the AACU website.
·         On Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee holds its first meeting under its renewed charter. The committee makes recommendations to the commission on consumer issues within the jurisdiction of the FCC; facilitates the participation of consumers in proceedings before the commission; and provides guidance to the FCC, gathers data and information, and performs those analyses that are necessary to respond to the questions or matters before it. At the January 27, 2017, meeting, the committee will consider administrative and procedural matters relating to its functions, and receive briefings from commission staff on issues of interest to the committee.
 
 
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