Republican lawmakers negotiating differences between House and Senate versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act have reportedly reached agreement this morning.Although the agreement is not yet final, some reports indicate it scraps a provision in the House bill that would have treated graduate student tuition waivers as taxable income. Republican leaders are acting with urgency to meet their objective of having a bill on the president’s desk by December 25. The election of Doug Jones in Alabama has made the timeline even more urgent for Republicans.
Yesterday, the House Education and Workforce Committee marked up the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act. Ahead of the markup, APLU joined with the other presidential higher education associations and additional organizations in expressing deep concern with the legislation. As noted in APLU’s statement released upon the reauthorization bill’s introduction, the association is particularly concerned that the legislation would make college more expensive for students while also limiting accountability needed to protect students from institutions and programs that do not serve them well.
During the December ECOP Next Generation Extension Learning for Leaders series, ECOP held a session on addressing the opioid epidemic. Those interested in the session can view the PowerPoint presentation and a video recording of the conference.
As part ofAPLU INCLUDES, the National Science Foundation-sponsored project aimed at increasing STEM faculty diversity, APLU asks institutional leaders and faculty engaged in STEM diversity efforts tocomplete a surveyon their institutions’ initiatives to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM pathways.