Higher Education and the Obama Administration: A Reading List

March 16, 2015

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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.

While the current Congress will likely not accomplish much–the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act included–the Obama administration has focused a significant amount of its work on various higher education initiatives and programs.

See below for a reading list on the administration’s activities Hartle touched on during his session:

Free Community College Proposal:

White House Fact Sheet: White House Unveils America’s College Promise Proposal: Tuition-Free Community College for Responsible Students

ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on President Obama’s Community College Initiative

New Energy for 2-Year Colleges
Inside Higher Ed (Feb. 12, 2015)

The Promise and Failure of Community Colleges
The New York Times (Feb. 17, 2015)

OPINION: Obama’s Plan Focuses Where It Should—on Our Neediest Students
The Chronicle of Higher Education (Jan. 11, 2015)

As He Promotes It, Some Question Obama’s Free Community College Idea
U.S. News & World Report (Feb. 23, 2015)

Student Aid Bill of Rights:

White House Fact Sheet

Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on President Obama’s Student Loan Plan

Obama Signs ‘Student Aid Bill of Rights’ to Help Protect Borrowers
The New York Times (March 10, 2015)

Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education:

Download full report

Gainful Employment:

Comments to the Education Department on Proposed Gainful Employment Rules

THURSDAY BUZZ: Education Department Releases Final Gainful Employment Rule

Obama Administration Ratings Plan:

ACE, Higher Education Groups: Administration’s College Ratings Plan Framework Is Not Feasible

Teacher Prep Regulations:

Comments on Department of Education’s Proposed Regulations for Teacher Preparation Programs

Time, Money and Teacher Prep
Inside Higher Ed (Jan. 5, 2015)

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