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 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 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.
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.