APLU and its Council on Governmental Affairs (CGA) along with the Council on Strategic Communications (CSC) work closely with fellow higher education groups, the business community, scientific organizations, and others on a range of issues and causes. A core focus of our effort involves drawing on the collective strength of our member institutions to effectively advocate for federal policies and funding levels that support and enhance the work of public research universities.
Proposed legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act would have a significant impact on students, colleges & universities, and our nation. As members of Congress consider reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, APLU has developed a series of higher education policy proposals for Congress to consider.
APLU President Peter McPherson released a statement regarding the introduction of the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Higher Education Reform (PROSPER) Act, H.R. 4508, which would reauthorize the Higher Education Act.
In the letter to lawmakers, McPherson notes, “As we continue to review the bill, it is clear the measure is presently highly problematic and would ultimately make college less accessible and affordable. Additionally, it would make students more vulnerable to schools and programs that would not serve their best interests. The legislation adopts many of the recommendations of the Taskforce on Federal Regulation of Higher Education, but then adds new highly problematic regulatory burdens. While there are provisions APLU supports, cumulatively, the legislation would be an alarming setback from present law.”
President Trump released his FY2019 budget request on February 12, 2018, which outlines the administration’s agency and program funding requests. The budget proposes $3 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years and projects a nearly three percent economic growth rate over the next decade. The request accounts for the recently enacted Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which increased the defense discretionary and non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending caps for both FY2018 and FY2019. APLU's analysis of the administration’s FY2019 budget request is available here.
The Golden Goose Award helps to demonstrate the human and economic benefits of federally funded research by highlighting examples of seemingly obscure studies that have led to major breakthroughs and resulted in significant societal impact.