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Letter to the House Education and the Workforce Committee on higher education bills

July 09, 2014

Dear Representative: 

On behalf of the three million members of the National Education Association and the students they serve, we urge you to support the following bipartisan bills being marked up tomorrow:

  • Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project (H.R. 3136), which would help foster competency-based education demonstration projects to give students new opportunities to get a high-quality education that fits their personal and financial needs.
  • Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act (H.R. 4983), which would take an important step toward strengthening the higher education system by improving transparency to ensure all students have access to the information they need to make the best decisions about their education. We especially welcome the required inclusion of information on whether a course is taught by full- or part-time faculty. 
  • Empowering Students through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act (H.R. 4984), which would promote financial literacy through enhanced counseling for recipients of federal financial aid.

While NEA urges you to support these bills, we would prefer a comprehensive approach to reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, and urge you to remain true to these core goals:

  • Making higher education affordable for all students
  • Improving access to higher education for all segments of America’s increasingly diverse student population, including adult learners
  • Ensuring that federal aid dollars go only to soundly managed colleges and universities with high educational standards

Our priorities include making higher education affordable for all students, reducing student debt, increasing transparency, and addressing the pressing challenges our nation faces with regard to teacher preparation. We look forward to working with you towards the final goal of a complete reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. 


Mary Kusler
Director, Government Relations