To: AASCU Presidents, Chancellors and Government Relations staff
From: Ed Elmendorf, Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Policy Analysis
Barmak Nassirian, Director of Federal Relations and Policy Analysis
Makese Motley, Assistant Director of Federal Relations and Policy Analysis
Re: FY 2014 Government Funding Bill/Immigration/College Rating System
expects there to be a coordinated campaign among several organizations
to push for a vote on comprehensive immigration reform. For this push,
AASCU has been asked to identify Presidents that would be willing to do
an op-ed piece on the importance of immigration reform. An immigration
deal could have significant repercussions for higher education in
International Education and STEM. In addition, many AASCU students would
directly benefit from provisions related to the DREAM Act, H-1B visas,
and green cards. If you are interested in doing an op-ed please contact
Makese Motley, Assistant Director of Federal Relations at email@example.com or via phone 202-478-4652.
Government Funding Bill
On January 13,
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, Senate
Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, House
Appropriations Ranking Member Nita Lowey, and Senate Appropriations
Ranking Member Richard Shelby announced the release of the fiscal year
2014 consolidated appropriations bill otherwise known as an “omnibus”
spending bill. This bill follows the framework of the budget agreement
that was negotiated between Senator Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan in
$1.02 trillion is provided to fund the federal government for the 2014
budget year. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on
Wednesday, January 15, with a follow up vote in the Senate on Thursday
or Friday of this week. Some key highlights for Higher Education:
Labor, HHS, and Education Funding Levels
2013 Enacted level: $156.6 billion
2014 Committee mark: N/A-No vote taken in committee
2014 Omnibus: $156.8 billion
provide an additional $1-billion for the National Institutes of Health
and raise the maximum Pell Grant by an estimated $85, to $5,730.
Additionally, $1 million is appropriated to study the effect of
regulations and reporting requirements on colleges by requiring the
Education Department to report on enrollment, graduation and default
rates for Pell Grant recipients, disaggregated by institution
increase for Federal Work-Study and a $37-million increase for
supplemental education grants, while raising spending on the TRIO
college-preparatory programs by $42-million.
- GEAR-UP, a $15 million increase
institutions would receive increases of $2.7 million, HBCUs $7.7
million, HBCU graduate institutions nearly $2 million, Asian American
$108 thousand, Hispanic Americans up by $3.4 million
$75-million for President Obama's proposed "First in the World" grant
program, aimed at encouraging colleges and universities to take steps to
improve educational outcomes and reduce the net price paid by students
billion for job training through WIA Training and Employment Formula
Grant program, which is $10 million less than the 2013 enacted level but
$121 million more than the post-sequester level.
billion for Title I Grants to Local Educational Agencies, which is $103
million less than the 2013 enacted level but $625 million more than the
billion for Special Education state grants (IDEA), which is $82 million
less than the 2013 enacted level but $498 million more than the
- $2.36 billion for Child Care & Development Block Grants, which is $36 million more than the 2013 enacted level.
For additional information please see these links below
Administration’s Proposed Postsecondary Institutions Rating System (PIRS)
supports federal efforts at better gatekeeping, improved accountability,
and greater transparency for colleges and universities participating in
federal student assistance. As public institutions, our members respect
and understand the public’s right to demand good educational and
economic outcomes for students after they leave their institutions.
AASCU believes that effective accountability metrics can be devised in a
manner that provides meaningful information to the public and respects
the heterogeneity of institutional missions.
Administration’s proposed Postsecondary Institution Rating System can
be a component of a broader effort to promote accountability and
transparency. It will, however, not be a substitute for good front-end
monitoring and enforcement to weed out waste, fraud, and abuse.
a rating system that can equitably and effectively capture the relevant
attributes of a large and diverse universe of postsecondary
institutions will be a daunting task. By its very nature, a rating
system must simplify inherently complex qualities and measures it
factors into account, and is thus susceptible to distortions that may
prove prejudicial or problematic. Data issues, in terms of their
availability, quality, reliability, and privacy consequences, represent a
in setting up any rating system, and deserve very careful consideration.
inherent difficulties of constructing a meaningful ratings system need
not, however, be fatal. It would be possible to capture a subset of the
most essential attributes of institutions and combine them into a rating
that involves minimal normative judgments.
The Administration’s thinking on the configuration of the rating
system has not been revealed, and little is known about the process and
the timeline for the launch of the rating system. AASCU is actively
engaged with the Administration and other stakeholders, and will attempt
to be helpful to the effort as appropriate. While we are concerned
about possible adverse consequences of the proposed system, we are
willing to give the Administration a chance to produce a proposal, and
to be helpful to the efforts as appropriate.