The Consortium engages in advocacy on various local, state, and federal issues. Because they are barred by law from such activities, the National Defense University, National Intelligence University, and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences do not participate in these activities.


Consortium Submits Comments on Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Gainful Employment and Borrower Defenses to Repayment of Federal Student Loans and Other Matters

The Consortium has submitted comments in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Comments on the gainful employment matter are here. Comments on the borrower defenses to repayment of federal student loans and other matters are here

Consortium Supports Student Aid Alliance FY2018 Proposal and Continuing Funding of Federal Financial Aid

The Consortium has signed onto a letter from the Student Aid Alliance calling for continued funding of the major student financial aid programs for FY2018. A list of Alliance members is here. Information about the Student Aid Alliance and its national advocacy efforts is here.

The Consortium submitted separate letters supporting federal student financial aid focusing on specific impacts on member institutions. An example of this separate letter is here.

Consortium Supports Continuation of U.S. Institute of Peace

The Consortium provides graduate students at member universities the opportunity to serve as research assistants for scholars at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP). The Consortium submitted a letter supporting the continued funding of USIP, which is targeted for elimination in President Trump's budget proposal. 

Consortium Supports the National Endowment for the Humanities

The Consortium submitted several letters of support for continuing funding of the National Endowment for the Humanities due to the large amount of support our member institutions have received. An example of the letter is here.

Consortium Members Speak on Travel Ban

Consortium members firmly believe in the open and free exchange of scholars, faculty, students, and staff because they enrich our intellectual endeavors. Click below for specific statements regarding President Trump's revised Executive Order issued on March 6, 2017. 

Howard University 
Montgomery College 

Consortium Supports DREAMers

The Consortium has submitted a letter supporting efforts to protect DREAMers through the BRIDGE Act. 

Several Consortium member institutions joined numerous colleagues around the country in signing a letter from the American Council on Education thanking President Trump for his positive comments regarding DREAMers, and urging him to allow them to continue working and studying in the U.S.. 

Senate HELP Committee Responses

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released three papers regarding important issues in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The Consortium submitted responses to each. 

  • The response to the Data Transparency and Consumer Information paper is here.
  • The response to the Risk Sharing paper is here.
  • The response to the Accreditation Concepts and Proposals paper is here.