Magazine article Academe

AAUP Comments on Higher Education Bill

Magazine article Academe

AAUP Comments on Higher Education Bill

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In late May, the AAUP, together with forty-six other higher education associations, signed a letter to Representatives John Boehner of Ohio and Howard McKeon of California commenting on the College Access and Opportunity Act. Boehner and McKeon introduced the bill as the reanthorization of the student aid programs that fall under Title IV of the Higher Education Act and the institutional aid programs under Titles III and V of the act. Although this version of the bill is unlikely to go forward this year, its introduction provides the higher education community with an opportunity to comment on specific concerns. The letter to Boehner and McKeon is excerpted below.

We are fully aware of how difficult it has been to prepare this legislation and applaud your efforts to produce a bill that will move reauthorization forward. We have already met with your staff to discuss the bill, and appreciate their interest in our views and willingness to listen to our suggestions. . . .

We look at this bill-like any other major piece of education legislation-with two basic questions in mind. First, "Will it enhance student access to higher education?" The answer to this question is yes. . . . [T]his bill will modestly improve student access. Second, "Will the bill as written alter the basic relationship between the federal government and institutions of higher education?" Unfortunately, the answer to this question is also yes. As a result, we cannot support this bill in its current form.

In particular, we are deeply concerned by the enormous regulatory and reporting burden imposed by the bill. …

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