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 Joins Secretariat on Letter to U.S. Department of Education Regarding Gainful Employment Regulations Reforms

The Consortium joined 21 other higher education associations on a joint letter from the Washington Higher Education Secretariat in raising concerns regarding the Department’s announced intention to revise the Gainful Employment regulations. The letter can be found here.

Consortium Joins Brief of Amicus Curiae in Net Neutrality Case

The Consortium joined 19 other associations and the American Council on Education in support of net neutrality. The brief asserts that the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order imperils the Internet’s continued operation as a reliable platform for research, learning, and information sharing and will make it difficult for universities and libraries to continue to provide digital content and no-fee public internet access to the communities they serve. The text of the brief can be found here

Consortium Joins Brief of Amici Curiae in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College Case

The Consortium joined the American Council on Education and 35 other higher education associations in filing a brief of amici curiae in the case. The text of the brief can be found here

Consortium Joins Secretariat on Letter to DHS Secretary Nielsen Urging Timely Processing of DACA Renewals

The Consortium signed a letter from the Washington Higher Education Secretariat urging Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to process renewals of DACA status in a timely manner as ruled in a federal court case. 

Consortium Supports the Protect the Dreamers Higher Education Coalition

The Consortium is a member of the Protect the Dreamers Higher Education Coalition that is working to help campus leaders, staff, faculty and students advocate to Congress on behalf of Dreamers, young people brought to the United States as children and raised as Americans but living under threat of deportation. (The federal university members of the Consortium do not participate in advocacy efforts.) More information about this work can be found here. The Consortium also provided testimony in support of the Protect Dreamers Resolution of 2017 filed by the Council of the District of Columbia. 

Consortium Members Support March for Our Lives Against Gun Violence

Members of the Consortium released a statement on March 23 in support of the students participating in the March for Our Lives in Washington, DC and in other cities. The statement calls for an end to gun violence in schools:

This weekend, students from across the nation will travel to Washington to march against gun violence.
We, the leaders of our region’s institutions of higher education, stand with these young people in calling for common sense solutions.
School shootings and gun violence are far too prevalent in the United States, affecting many communities across our nation, including institutions of higher education. We take seriously our responsibility to provide a secure setting at which our students can flourish.
Just as institutions of higher education are affected by gun violence, we can be part of the solution. Our institutions produce important research that saves lives and we help develop students who can articulately and forcefully advocate for change at the local, state, and federal level.
No student, regardless of race, income, or zip code, should live in fear of gun violence. We call for our elected leaders to act now.
We recognize that the young people who are marching this weekend may be further developing their talents at our institutions in the coming years. We wish you a safe, productive visit to our region, we stand with you, and thank you for making your voices heard.

John Garvey, President, Catholic University of America (Chair, Consortium of Universities)
Dr. Matthew D. Shank, President, Marymount University (Vice Chair, Consortium of Universities)
Sylvia Burwell, President, American University
Roberta Cordano, President, Gallaudet University
Dr. Ángel Cabrera, President, George Mason University
Dr. Thomas J. LeBlanc, President, The George Washington University
Dr. John J. DeGioia, President, Georgetown University
Dr. Wayne Frederick, President, Howard University
Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, President, Montgomery College
Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, President, Prince George’s Community College
Dr. Scott Ralls, President, Northern Virginia Community College
Patricia A. McGuire, President, Trinity Washington University
Dr. Ronald F. Mason, Jr., President, University of the District of Columbia
Dr. Wallace D. Loh, President, University of Maryland, College Park
Dr. John C. Cavanaugh, President and CEO, Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, Central Office

Consortium Submits Suggestions for Senate HEA Reauthorization

The Consortium submitted suggestions on topics that should be included in the Senate's bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act.

Consortium Submits Response to Sen. Alexander's Paper on Higher Education Accountability

The Consortium submitted a response to the white paper released by Sen. Lamar Alexander regarding Higher Education Accountability.

Consortium Joins Secretariat Letter on HR4508

The Consortium joined other higher education associations in signing a letter from the Washington Higher Education Secretariat commenting on the House Education Committee's HR4508, the revision of the Higher Education Act.

Consortium Joins Secretariat Letter and Submits Comments on House Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Bill

The Consortium joined other higher education associations in signing a letter from the Washington Higher Education Secretariat commenting on the House Republicans' Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Additionally, the Consortium submitted separate comments in its own letter. 

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.