Monday, March 12, 2018

Bustamante Named to National Higher Education Committee

Rio Salado College President Chris Bustamante was recently invited to serve as a member of Forward50, a newly formed committee convened by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The committee is comprised of 50 higher education leaders from across the nation.

The Forward50 are tasked with developing useful solutions to remove barriers that prevent students attending and graduating from college. Members of the committee will identify evolving policy issues and seek input from other higher education institutions. As part of this work, the group will create four white papers that address access, affordability, accountability and transparency and include recommendations for members of Congress. These papers will also be available to the broader policy community for review and comment prior to finalization.

“This initiative aligns with Rio Salado’s long-standing commitment to college affordability and access,” said Bustamante. “I look forward to reaching out to experts at here at Rio Salado, the Maricopa Community College District and other institutions to seek input and practical solutions related to this work. It is exciting being a part of this initiative and the work that will take place to ensure that students have what they need to go to college and be successful.” 

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