Drake University Unveils Congressional Files on ADA’s 25th Anniversary

Twenty-five years after the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law, Drake University and its Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement released never-before-seen congressional files and materials on the legislation. The photos, memos, and other documents are from the collection of former Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), author and chief sponsor of the landmark bill.

#SaveStudentAid: The Power of SEOG

Congress is proposing eliminating 200,000 students from receiving federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, which provide funds for undergraduate study to students with exceptional financial need.

FAFSA Simplification: Harder Than It Seems

Making it easy for students and families to apply for federal student aid is a little like the Holy Grail—universally sought for its extraordinary value, but never found. And the search likely will intensify as Congress works to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, writes Terry Hartle. At issue is the FAFSA, the form that students and families must fill out to get federal student aid.

Higher Education and the Obama Administration: A Reading List

In a concurrent session this afternoon at ACE’s 97th Annual Meeting, Terry Hartle, ACE senior vice president for government and public affairs, provided an overview of the higher education landscape in Washington.

VIDEO: Regulation Task Force Co-Chairs Zeppos and Kirwan Testify at Senate Hearing

A few clips from today’s Senate HELP Committee hearing on the report from the Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education. Testifying were the task force’s co-chairs, Chancellors William E. Kirwan of the University System of Maryland and Nicholas S. Zeppos of Vanderbilt University (TN).

Inertia

As the academic year draws to a close, it’s an appropriate time to briefly recap higher education-related activity on Capitol Hill. ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle writes on recent action—or lack thereof—in Congress and the higher education issues waiting in the wings, including President Obama’s college ratings plan.

Higher Education Has Changed. Will the Higher Education Act?

The perennial joke about any reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) is that it’s like a Russian novel: It’s long, it’s boring, and by the end, everyone winds up dead. But as yet another HEA reauthorization rolls around, it’s a good bet that many of us will think there’s a fair amount of truth in that old chestnut, writes ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle.