STATEMENT FROM AASCU PRESIDENT MURIEL HOWARD ON THE PASSAGE OF THE PROSPER ACT BY THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE

The passage of the PROPSER Act by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce signals an untimely and significant retreat from our collective commitment to Americans’ access to affordable, high-quality higher education.

While there are aspects of the bill that seek to streamline, simplify or otherwise improve the higher education experience, the core of the proposed legislation would disrupt access, discourage public service and teaching, and undermine educational quality.

The all-too-brief committee consideration of the PROSPER Act is just the beginning of a longer process to update the Higher Education Act. That process should make changes only where change is necessary to improve upon current law. I expect that effort to continue in a deliberative, bipartisan manner well into next year. AASCU looks forward to working with Congress to that end.  

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