Opening Statement by Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) | Markup of H.R. 4508, the PROSPER Act

We are here today to consider H.R. 4508, the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform Act—the PROSPER Act. We have a lot of work ahead of us today, so in the hopes of leading by example, I will keep my remarks brief. It is my belief that lifelong learning is what enables Americans to pursue the lives they want for themselves. The desire for lifelong learning is not always developed in a semester-by-semester or a 2, 4, or 6 year degree program. It is an individ...

Opening Statement by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) | Markup of H.R. 4508, the PROSPER Act

I am proud to be a cosponsor of the PROSPER Act, and truly believe the measures within this bill are essential to improve access, completion, and accountability across the higher education system. Most importantly, it will provide students with the opportunity to complete an education that will put them one step closer to achieving the American Dream. I will echo what Chairwoman Foxx has said in the past to members of this committee as we crafted the PROSPER Act: we are in the business of reform...

Foxx Announces PROSPER Act Markup

On Tuesday, December 12 at 10:00 a.m., the Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), will mark up the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act (H.R. 4508). Introduced by Chairwoman Foxx (R-NC) and Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), the legislation will bring reforms to support students in completing an affordable postsecondary education. The markup will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Fo...

Office Hours With Professor Foxx: “There Are Always Ways to Complete an Education”

How to pay for school is a question everyone asks. Chairwoman Foxx spent many years as an academic advisor. She knows a thing or two about how students can remain engaged in their intellectual pursuits, regardless of financial obstacles. Students deserve better than the status quo, and that’s why the PROSPER Act will bring the reforms students need to complete an affordable postsecondary education. To watch the video, click here.

ICYMI: House Republicans got this right

House Republicans got this right: Colleges should tell students how much bang their buck will buy By Anthony Carnevale Everything about college is based on the institution, not about what students are actually studying. We apply to colleges, not programs. We focus on a college’s prestige, a superficial beauty contest based largely on how many students apply but get turned down for admission. This institution-based method for sorting higher education speaks very little to the main reason most pe...

The PROSPER Act: What People Are Saying

We got one large step closer to real, meaningful higher education reform last Friday with the introduction of HR 4508, the PROSPER Act. The PROSPER Act is the result of years of hearings, meetings, member discussions, and first-hand accounts shared with members of the Education and Workforce Committee. The legislative process is an open, transparent, exchange—a conversation. With PROSPER, it’s just beginning. Here’s how that conversation has started: “As the holiday season begins, all through th...

Opening Statement of Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) | Hearing on Workplace Leave Policies

This century has a vastly different business landscape than the last. From the advent of the gig economy to the demand for telework and other work-life policies that address employees’ needs, “business as usual” just doesn’t work for working families anymore. In response, many employers have implemented and continue to implement innovative paid leave policies. In fact, today’s workers are starting to consider these paid leave policies alongside other traditional, tangible benefits like pay raise...

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