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 Averts Government Shutdown Until November 17
Hours before the Sunday deadline to reach a deal to fund the federal government this fiscal year, Congress approved a 45-day stopgap funding bill. The deal, which was signed by President Joe Biden, prevented a government shutdown and gives legislators additional time to hash out a complete FY24 appropriations plan. Federal agencies, including the Department of Education, will continue operating with current funding levels until November 17.
Failure to reach an agreement by mid-November could once again bring the threat of a government shutdown to the forefront. To gain further insights into the implications of a federal government shutdown for colleges and universities, please click here.
ED Releases Final Gainful Employment Rule
The Department of Education has issued a final rule and fact sheet on financial value transparency and gainful employment. The rule, effective July 1, 2024, will introduce new requirements for nondegree programs at all institution types and a new acknowledgment requirement on financial value indicators on a website that ED will create. NACUBO submitted comments to ED during the rulemaking process and will provide additional analysis upon further review.
White House Proposes Rewrite of Uniform Grants Guidance
Last week, the Biden administration announced the publication of a “fundamental rewrite” of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Uniform Grants Guidance. The rewrite aims to streamline and clarify guidance to reduce burden for the agency and grant recipients alike. OMB will accept comments on the proposal for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register, which is expected on October 5.
ED Report Outlines Legal Pathways for Increasing Diversity in Admissions
Following the Supreme Court’s ruling that colleges and universities may not consider race in admissions, the Department of Education has shared a report calling on institutional leaders to prioritize diversity in admissions policies and offering “legally permissible ways to advance the critical mission of socioeconomic and racial diversity in American colleges and universities.”
NACUBO On Your Side: September 19–25, 2023