Higher Education Committee

Committee Chairs:

Tim Leshan, Vice President for Government Relations, Northeastern University

Paula Rooney, President, Dean College

NEC Staff liaison:

Taylor Pichette, tpichette@newenglandcouncil.com

Recent Email Updates:

July 16, 2015- Senate Passes Every Child Achieves Act

June 23, 2015- NEC Calls for Action on Innovation Imperative

June 5, 2015- Senate HELP Committee Holds HEA Reauthorization Hearing

May 13, 2015- Conference Call with Senate HELP Committee Staff

April 30, 2015- Higher Education Discussion with Congresswoman Katherine Clark

April 23, 2015- Senate HELP Committee Passes ESEA Reauthorization

March 6, 2015- NEC President Authors Letter on Proposed College Ratings System

February 27, 2015- Senate HELP Committee Hearing on HEA Reauthorization

February 23, 2015- NEC Comments on Proposed Ratings System   Final Letter of NEC Comments

February 20, 2015- Higher Education Policy Discussion in Washington, DC

February 19, 2015- Massachusetts State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Briefing Meeting   Invitation   Agenda

February 13, 2015- Planning Meeting Summary   Draft NEC Letter on Rating System

February 10, 2015- Agenda for February 11 Committee Meeting

December 23, 2014 – Administration Releases Draft of Higher Education Rating System

November 5, 2014 – Final Gainful Employment Regulations Released

August 20,2014 – Senators Introduce Legislation Addressing Campus Sexual Assault

August 13, 2014 – HEA Reathorization Conference Call with Senate HELP Staff

August 6, 2014 – Higher Ed Committee Meeting with Rep. John Tierney

July 1, 2014 – Congressional Proposals for Reauthorization of Higher Education Act (HEA)

June 2, 2014 – NEC Sends Letter to Duncan, NE Delegation on Rating System

May 16, 2014 – Summary of Committee Meeting with Rep. Katherine Clark

April 24, 2013 – Recent Hearings on College Affordability and Federal Financial Aid

April 10, 2013 – President’s FY 2014 Budget: Education

January 2, 2013 – Fiscal Cliff Agreement

November 27, 2012 – Summary of 11/26/12 Meeting with Powerpoint Presentation

October 4, 2012- Upcoming Supreme Court Arguments

September 12, 2012- Higher Ed Committee Meets with Rep. John Tierney

July 26, 2012 – Hearing on Tax Benefits for Education

May 4, 2012 – Addressing the Student Loan Interest Rate Increase

April 13, 2012 – New Ed Department Action Plan for Post Secondary Success


Recent Committee Work

In August 2013, President Barack Obama unveiled the Administration’s “Plan for Making College More Affordable.” Included in that plan is a new college rating system, to be implemented by 2015. Under this plan, the Department of Education will develop a new ratings system to help students compare the value offered by colleges and encourage colleges to improve, and those results will be published on the College Scorecard.

Early in 2014, the NEC Higher Education Committee met to discuss concerns about this new rating system, and agreed that the collective concerns of the group should be articulated, both to the Department of Education, and to the region’s Congressional delegation.  Based of feedback from many Council members, the Council developed a set of principles regarding the implementation of the college rating system.  Specifically, the Council’s principles urge the Department of Ed to employ careful design and testing, to improve accuracy of data, and to recognize different categories of institutions in developing the rating system.

In May 2014, the Council wrote to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and to the New England delegation to share these principles.


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