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Committee Leaders Unveil Principles for Strengthening America’s Higher Education System

Announce next steps in HEA reauthorization process

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Higher Education and Workforce Training Subcommittee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) today released a white paper outlining key principles that will guide the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. As part of the committee’s continued effort to strengthen America’s higher education system, the white paper includes a number of policy proposals to reform federal postsecondary education law.

“Too many Americans are struggling to turn the dream of a postsecondary education into reality,” said Chairman Kline. “Our current higher education system is too costly, too bureaucratic, and outdated. Families and students deserve better. Today we are moving forward with our effort to strengthen the nation’s higher education system. These principles will help keep college in reach for every American looking to higher education as a pathway to a successful career.”

“Higher education can be a great option for those who are looking to take the next step in their career or are simply seeking to improve their life,” said Rep. Foxx. “Unfortunately, the current system has not kept pace with the changing needs of students and the demands of the workforce, and costs are simply out of control. After hearing from students, innovators, institutions, researchers and countless others, I am pleased to put forth some ideas that will address shortfalls in our current system of higher education. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to ensure the federal government supports educational opportunity in the most effective and efficient way possible.”

“Later this week, we will begin introducing a series of bills that will turn these principles into concrete legislative solutions,” continued Chairman Kline. “A step-by-step approach will help us keep the public informed of the policies we’re developing and allow us to begin strengthening higher education today. Let's make progress in areas where there is the potential for bipartisan consensus and continue working together on the areas that remain. It’s time to move forward.”

The four principles outlined in the white paper are:
  • Empowering students and families to make informed decisions;    
  • Simplifying and improving student aid;  
  • Promoting innovation, access, and completion; and   
  • Ensuring strong accountability and a limited federal role.
To read the white paper, click here.

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