HELP Committee to Hold Hearing on College Affordability on June 3

On June 3, 2015, at 10:00 am, the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions (“HELP”) will hold a hearing on college affordability as part of their work on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act. The hearing will be held in room 430 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, and will be live streamed on the hearing website. The witnesses for the hearing are:

  1. Dr. Judith Scott-Clayton,Assistant Professor of Economics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
  2. Dr. Elizabeth Akers,Fellow, Brown Center on Education Policy, The Brookings Institution
  3. Dr. F. King Alexander,President and Chancellor, Louisiana State University
  4. Mr. Michael Mitchell,Policy Analyst,Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  5. Mr. James Kennedy,Associate Vice President for University Student Services and Systems
    Indiana University

As an aside, I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Akers when she was with the Council of Economic Advisers and helping the Department of Education in creating the programs under the Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act of 2008.  Her testimony is well worth reading.

HELP Committee to Hold Hearing on Institutional Risk Sharing

On May 20, 2015, at 10:00 am, the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions (“HELP”) will hold a hearing on institutional risk sharing as part of their work on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act. The hearing will be held in room 430 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, and will be live streamed on the hearing website. Institutional risk sharing is the idea that rather than comply with the myriad other institutional quality metrics, that institutions of higher education should be liable to the Department of Education of the amount of loans in default exceeds some threshold.  Once the threshold is crossed, the institution would have to refund to the Department an amount to cover the risk of default.  Its a very interesting idea that HELP Committee Chairman, Senator Lamar Alexander, is very interested in.  In addition, the first panel witness, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) has a bill that would impose risk-sharing on institutions.  The witnesses for the hearing are:

Panel 1
The Honorable Senator Jack Reed

Panel 2
1.  Dr. Andrew P. Kelly, Director, Center for Higher Education Reform, American Enterprise Institute
2.  Robert S. Silberman, Executive Chairman, Strayer Education, Inc.
3.  Jennifer Wang, Policy Director, Young Invincibles
4.  Dr. Douglas A. Webber,Assistant Professor,Temple University

HELP Committee to Hold Hearing on The Role of Consumer Information in College Choice

On May 6, 2015, at 10:00 am, the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions (“HELP”) will hold a hearing on the role of consumer information in college choice as part of their work on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act. The hearing will be held in room 430 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, and will be live streamed on the hearing website. The HELP Committee Chairman, Senator Lamar Alexander, has issued a white paper on this topic. The witnesses for the hearing are:

  1. Mark Schneider, Ph.D.,Vice President and Institute Fellow, American Institutes for Research and President, College Measures
  2. Deborah Santiago,Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Policy, Excelencia in Education
  3. Stacy Lightfoot,Vice President of College & Career Success Initiatives, Public Education Foundation
  4. Taleah Mitchell, Graduate, Seattle Central College