Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A Call for New Higher Ed Federal Policies

Snapshot of ECampus News web story.  Includes a photo of a young woman studying.  Text: Report: Federal HED policy must undergo dramatic shift BY LAURA ASCIONE, MANAGING EDITOR, CONTENT SERVICES, @ESN_LAURA December 14th, 2017 Policy framework suggests three-part plan to focus on better outcomes.

This eCampus News feature addresses how federal higher education policies need to be revisited given that they were designed when a typical college student attended a four-year college directly after high school—and presents a new framework proposed by Higher Learning Advocates that emphasizes "high-quality outcomes, focusing on today’s students and creating a more affordable and responsive system of education and training beyond high school.”

Photo of President Bustamante
Included are remarks by Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante, who also serves as a Higher Learning Advocates board member.

“Quality, outcomes and the needs of today’s students should guide federal policy rather than historical precedent and institutional convenience,” said Bustamante. “Built on those three principles, new policy solutions can help institutions and systems support and educate a broader range of students and embrace technological innovation.”

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 75-percent of college students are either working, part-time students, parents with dependent children or students with some other non-traditional status.