In May 2019, as part of the Council’s Washington Leaders’ Conference, member of the Higher Education Committee had the opportunity to meet with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Principal Deputy Under Secretary Diane Jones also participated in the meeting. Secretary DeVos briefed some 25 Concil members on the Department of Education’s priorities and current initiatives. In particular, Secretary DeVos discussed accreditation, school choice, internships and partnerships, and student loans. Under Secretary Jones discussed workforce development issues and involvement from the business community. Council members were also able to share some of their own priorities and concerns with the Secretary, who spent over an hour with the group.