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Higher Education Committee of 50 Issues Policy Recommendations to Transform Higher Education – NASFAA

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Thought leaders in higher education publish practical, innovative policy recommendations on college access, affordability, accountability, and transparency.

March 13, 2019— Opinions abound when it comes to making changes to higher education policy, but today’s colleges, universities, and trade schools are as diverse and complex as the students they serve. Recognizing that the individuals working in the various offices across these campuses bring their own unique and valuable perspectives, the Higher Education Committee of 50—a group facilitated by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and funded through a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant—was formed to think through how best to help students succeed in their pursuit of a higher education. This group today released 36 comprehensive, practical recommendations, giving on-the-ground practitioners who work with students each day a seat at the table.

The committee—comprised of college presidents, members of governing boards, enrollment managers, admissions staff, financial aid and bursar leaders, students, and other leaders from all sectors of postsecondary institutions—spent the last 18 months examining policy areas related to college access, affordability, accountability, and transparency to produce their final recommendations.

The recommendations, which will be presented to Congress, are intended to improve the experience of students and families in affording and obtaining a higher education, as well as protect the interests of taxpayers and those who work on college campuses. Among the three dozen recommendations for lawmakers are:

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