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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Strengthening Higher Education

On Tuesday, March 17 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), will hold a hearing to discuss ways to improve higher education policies for students, families, and taxpayers. The hearing, entitled “Strengthening America’s Higher Education System,” will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

America’s higher education system has not kept pace with the evolving needs of students and the workforce. Over the last decade, tuition prices have soared, graduation rates have plateaued, and federal policies have stymied innovation. The reauthorization of the Higher Education Act presents an opportunity for policymakers to strengthen the current system. In 2014, leaders on the Education and the Workforce Committee outlined a series of principles to guide the reauthorization process, including simplifying and improving student aid and ensuring strong accountability while limiting the federal role.

Tuesday’s hearing will provide members an opportunity to explore ways to translate those principles into meaningful legislative reforms.

To learn more about the hearing, visit /hearings.


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The Honorable Mitchell E. Daniels Jr.
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Ind.

Dr. Christine M. Keller
Vice President, Research and Policy Analysis
Executive Director, Voluntary System of Accountability and Student Achievement Measure
Association of Public & Land-grant Universities
Washington, D.C.

Mr. David A. Bergeron
Vice President, Postsecondary Education
Center for American Progress
Washington, D.C.

Mr. Michael J. Bennett
Associate Vice President, Financial Aid Services
St. Petersburg College
St. Petersburg, Fla.