As things move quickly in Washington, DC, NACUBO is your constant advocate in action. NACUBO On Your Side covers important legislative and agency activity NACUBO staff are tracking, what we’re currently advocating for, and how you can take action with us.
Here are the issues we are tracking and advocating for this week.
On the Hill
Congress Honors the Pell Grant’s 50th Anniversary
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Pell Grant, both chambers of Congress passed resolutions expressing support for the designation of June 23, 2022, as National Federal Pell Grant Day. Since 1972, Pell Grants have helped over 80 million students attend college. NACUBO has advocated for increases in the value of the grant, which has seen its spending power decrease significantly.
ED Visualization Tool Provides Insight Into HEERF Allocations
The Department of Education released a tool to increase transparency on where and how money from its Education Stabilization Fund (ESF), including the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), has been distributed. The ESF Transparency Portal allows offers state-by-state comparisons as well as more detailed information for each state.
GAO Report Calls for Increased Oversight of Intellectual Property at Colleges and Universities
A report recently released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) calls on a number of federal agencies to step up outreach to higher education institutions that are deemed to be at risk for leaking intellectual property or other sensitive information to foreign parties. The report, intended to guide policymakers, includes a list of potential risk factors for universities as well as for students and scholars.
ED Delays Rollout of New Regulations to 2023
The Department of Education recently shared its regulatory agenda with the Office of Management and Budget and indicated that several draft regulations—originally scheduled to be published this summer—will be delayed until Spring 2023. The delayed topics include financial responsibility, gainful employment, ability to benefit, administrative capability, and certification procedures. While negotiations on the regulations had concluded earlier this year, ED’s delay means the earliest those rules could become effective is July 1, 2023.
Giving USA Releases 2022 Report
The Giving USA Foundation has released its annual report on charitable giving: Giving USA 2022: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2021. The report, which measures charitable giving across the entire nonprofit sector, found that Americans gave $484.9 billion in 2021, an increase of roughly $13.5 billion from 2020. Adjusted for inflation, however, giving decreased by .7 percent. Giving to education accounted for $70.8 billion, about $3 billion less than last year. While individuals continue to provide the most gifts, giving from foundations has grown for 11 consecutive years.
Associations Applaud Legislation Aimed at Fixing VA Student Headcount Issue
NACUBO joined 14 other higher education associations in a letter thanking Congressional leaders for introducing a bill that would address concerns stemming from changes to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ “85-15” policy. Under the VA’s current policy, quality higher education programs may be deemed ineligible for GI Bill beneficiaries. The Ensuring the Best Schools for Veterans Act of 2022 focuses on many of the items the higher education community shared earlier this year. The associations are hopeful the bill will quickly be approved by both houses of Congress.
NACUBO On Your Side: May 24–June 13, 2022