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February 8, 2016
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Buzzfeed News article "Education Department Touts a New Crackdown On Fraud By Colleges." (Read

February 8, 2016
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The New York Times story "University of Phoenix, Apollo Education Group, Will be Taken Private." (Read

February 5, 2016
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Washington Post article "College is the new cable bundle. Do students deserve a 'Netflix'?" (Read

February 5, 2016
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Huffington Post article "Obama Ridiculed for Sluggish Moves on College Accreditation." (Read

February 4, 2016
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Reuters article "Si or no? U.S. states debate swapping computer coding for languages." (Read

February 3, 2016
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in CNN Politics article "Can Bernie Sanders deliver free college for all? Not so easily" (Read

January 28, 2016
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted CNHI article "Colleges Could be Held Accountable for Students' Bad Debts" (Read

January 13, 2016
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Huffington Post article "The Obama Administration Just Hired One of Its Biggest Critics." (Read

December 31, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Huffington Post article "How Elizabeth Warren Beat a Student Loan Giant." (Read

December 18, 2015
AASCU Advisory on Perkins Loans/Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (Read)

December 16, 2015
AASCU Advisory on the FY 2016 Budget Agreement (Read

December 15, 2015
Coalition letter to Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) on the extension legislation for the Perkins Loan program (Read)

November 20, 2015
Coalition letter to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Leaders Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Harry Reid (D-NV), Chairmen Harold Rogers (R-KY) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Ranking Members Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) urging extension of the Perkins Loan Program (Read)

November 17, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Huffington Post article "How the Obama Administration is Making it Harder to Shed Student Debt." (Read

November 12, 2015
Coalition letter in support of Lingua editors and open access (Read)

November 9, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Baltimore Sun article "University of Missouri president, chancellor resign over racial turmoil." (Read

November 8, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Wall Street Journal article "Colleges Flex Lobbying Muscle." (Read

November 6, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Huffington Post article "Arne Duncan's Plan to Fix College Accreditation." (Read

November 2, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Huffington Post article "Education Department Lets Student Loan Contractor Off the Hook For Money Owed to Taxpayers---Again." (Read

November 2, 2015
AASCU Advisory on Federal Budget Deal, Federal-State Partnership Bill, Pell Grant Dual Enrollment, and Regulations (Read

October 29, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Miami Herald article "Dade Medical College Showing Signs of Financial Trouble." (Read)

October 29, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Buzzfeed article "Court Ruling Could Push Debt Forgiveness for Cheated Students." (Read

October 29, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Politico Morning Education article "Corinthian Aftermath." (Read

October 28, 2015
Coalition letter to the Department of Defense on Tuition Assistance at the University of Phoenix (Read)

October 16, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Politico morning edition "For-profit crackdown widens (Read

October 14, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in International Business Times article "Obama Administration Financial Aid Experiment for Poor Students Innovative but 'Tricky,' Experts Say (Read

October 14, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The New York Times story "New Federal Program Offers Students Aid for Nontraditional Education." (Read)

October 2, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Huffington Post article "Arne Duncan Resigns Amid Legacy-Threatening Student Debt Crisis." (Read)

September 30, 2015
AASCU Advisory on Teacher Preparation Regulations (Read)

September 30, 2015
AASCU Advisory on Federal Budget Update/Perkins Loans/Cohort Default Rate/Gallup-Purdue Index (Read)

September 28,2015
Coalition letter to Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) urging extension of the Perkins Loan program (Read)

September 28,2015
Coalition letter to Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) in support of the Higher Education Extension Act of 2015 (HR 3594) (Read)

September 17, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Huffington Post story "More American Falling Behind on Student Loans as Obama Administration Fixes Fail to Deliver." (Read)

September 14, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Baltimore Sun story "Federal college comparison tool receives praise, criticism from Md. educators." (Read)

September 13, 2015
AASCU statement quoted in University World News story "Obama unveils long-awaited college scorecard." (Read)

September 12, 2015
AASCU Statement on Obama Administration's Revised College Scorecard (Read)

September 10, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Huffington Post story "Recent Federal Student Loans Look a Lot like Subprime Mortgages" (Read)

September 4, 2015
Letter to the Department of Labor on FLSA Overtime Pay Requirements (Read)

August 31, 2015
AASCU Federal Advisory: Linking SAM into the Replacement of the Postsecondary Institutional Ratings System (PIRS) (Read)

August 31, 2015
Joint letter to Secretary Arne Duncan about the Student Achievement Measure (SAM) (Read)

August 21, 2015
Advisory re: House letter on speech codes and first amendment rights on campus (Read)

August 19, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Washington Post article "Obama administration plans to overhaul rules on student debt forgiveness." (Read)

August 13, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The New York Times article "With $350 Billion Plan, Hillary Clinton Prods Rivals on Student Debt." (Read)

August 10, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Wall Street Journal article "Clinton Student-Loan Plan Draws on Bipartisan Bill." (Read

August 10, 2015
AASCU Federal Update for August (Read)

August 10, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Albany Times-Union story "Stefanik continues to chart own course on key issues." (Read)

August 10, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Politico story "Hillary Clinton's $350 billion plan to kill college debt." (Read)

August 6, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Policy.Mic article "This Radical Bipartisan Proposal Could Change the Game on Student Debt." (Read)

August 4, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Yahoo! News story "The No. 1 Party School in the Nation Revealed." (Read)

August 4, 2015
AASCU's Makese Motley quoted in The Huffington Post article "Fraternity Groups Push Bills to Limit College Rape Investigations." (Read)

August 2, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Politico story "Colleges in the 2016 Crosshairs." (Read

July 28, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Huffington Post article "Obama Ratings Plan to Include Graduates' Earnings Data." (Read

July 28, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Huffington Post article "Obama's Ed Chief: $1.4 Trillion in Student Debt Isn't That Big of a Deal" (Read

July 16, 2015
Coalition letter to House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committee leadership on tax extenders (Read

July 16, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Yahoo! Finance article "Who Killed Heald College?" (Read)

July 13, 2015
AASCU letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Student Loan Servicing (Read

July 13, 2015
Coalition letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Student Loan Servicing (Read

July 11, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Kansas City Star article "Free Speech Finds KU and K-State on Opposite Side." (Read)

July 8, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Policy.Mic article "Martin O'Malley Just Unveiled His Plan to End Student Debt, and It's the Boldest One Yet." (Read)

July 7, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Reuters story "Republican Rubio urges overhaul of U.S. college 'cartel'" (Read

July 4, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Commercial Appeal story "Colleges mindful of Court Decision." (Read)  

June 30, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassiran quoted in New York Times story "Colleges Brace for Supreme Court Review of Race-Based Admissions." (Read)

June 26, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Kansas City Star article "Nationwide college-rating system won't happen." (Read

June 25, 2015
AASCU Federal Advisory on the FY 2016 Budget and Policy Riders (Read)

June 3, 2015
LSU President F. King Alexander's testimony to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (Read)  

June 3, 2015
Coalition letter to Secretary Duncan re: for-profit colleges (Read)

May 24, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer article "Wilmington U. edges toward Pa. with plans for 202 campus." (Read)

May 21, 2015
AASCU Advisory on HEA Working Groups/Veterans In-State Tuition (Read)

May 20, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Washington Times article "Senate would put colleges on the hook for student loan default." (Read

May 18, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Buzzfeed article "The Problem with Too Big to Fail Colleges." (Read)

May 15, 2015
Advisory on Campus Sexual Assault Legislation and Proposed Rule on Cash Management/Debit Cards (Read)

May 15, 2015
Coalition Letter on Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA) (Read) (Bill Analysis)

May 14, 2015
Letter to House Ed and Workforce Committee and Higher Education Subcommittee Chairs and Ranking Members regarding the Campus Accountability and Safety Act CASA (Read

May 14, 2015
Letter to Senate HELP Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) regarding the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA) (Read)

May 14, 2015
Letter to Sens. McCaskill (D-MO) and Gillibrand (D-NY) regarding the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA) (Read)

May 14, 2015
Community comment letter on the IRS Cadillac Plan Tax Notice 2015-16 (Read

May 13, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Los Angeles Times article "Student Says Cal State Poly Pomona is trying to silence his vegan campaign." (Read)

May 12, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Washington Post article "SEC Charges executive at for-profit college ITT with fraud." (Read)

May 7, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Money article "One Easy Fix That Could Make College Financial Aid Simpler and Better." (Read

May 4, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Washington Post article "For-profit Corinthian Colleges files for bankruptcy." (Read

May 1, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Arizona Republic article "Metro Phoenix at center of for-profit college shakeup." (Read)

May 1, 2015
Coalition letter re: Corinthian College (Read)

May 1, 2015
Federal Advisory re: Senate HELP Committee (Read)

April 30, 2015
U.S. Department of Education guidance on Title IX Coordinators (Read)

April 30, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Huffington Post article "Obama Administration Considers New 'Roadblocks' for Ex-Corinthian College Students Seeking Debt Relief (Read

April 30, 2015
Community letter to Senate HELP Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) on accreditation (Read)

April 27, 2015
Joint letter with APLU to HELP Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) on Data Transparency and Consumer Information (Read

April 24, 2015
Letter to Senate HELP Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) on Risk Sharing (Read)

April 24, 2015
U.S. Department of Education's Dear Colleague Letter on Title IX Coordinators (Read)

April 24, 2015
Letter to HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) on the Higher Education Accreditation Concepts and Proposals whitepaper (Read)

April 15, 2015
Joint Statement to Senate Finance Committee Working Group on Business Income Tax (Read

April 14, 2015
Coalition Comments to the Senate Finance Committee Tax Reform Working Group on Individual Income Tax (Read)

April 13, 2015
AASCU Joint Statement to Senate re: Community Development & Infrastructure (Read)

April 13, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in NBC News story "Checking Accounts for Students 'Offer Few Benefits' Critics Say" (Read)

April 1, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Policy.Mic article "The Student Debt Movement is Finally Getting the Attention It Deserves." (Read)

March 27, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article "College Rankings Based on Employment Give Only Part of the Picture." (Read

March 24, 2015
Letter to Chairman and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (Read)

March 19, 2015
Student Aid Alliance letter re: FY16 House Budget Resolution (Read)

March 17, 2015
APLU's Dr. Christine Keller testimony before the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training on the Student Achievement Measure (SAM) and the Voluntary System of Accountability VSA (Read)

March 16, 2015
Letter to Rep. Culberson (R-TX) and Rep. Fattah (D-PA) re: National Science Foundation appropriations (Read)

March 16, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in China Daily story "US targets vocational schools in visa crackdown." (Read)

March 11, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassiran quoted in Wall Street Journal story "Federal Agents Raid Suspected Fake Schools." (Read)

March 11, 2015
AASCU quoted in Chronicle of Higher Education article "What Obama's 'Student Aid Bill of Rights' Will---and Won't---Do." (Read)

March 10, 2015
AASCU cited in Associated Press article "Obama visits Georgia Tech, unveils plan to reform student loan industry." (Read)

March 10, 2015
Student Aid Alliance letter to Chairs of House and Senate Appropriations Chairs (Read)

March 10, 2015
AASCU Statement on the Student Aid Bill of Rights" (Read)

February 27, 2015
Coalition letter to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) re: Tax Credit Reform (Read)

February 19, 2015
AASCU Statement on the "Supporting Academic Freedom Through Regulatory Relief" Act (Read)

February 19, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article "Is there a legal case in acceptance-letter blunder?" (Read)

February 18, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in New York Times article "We're Sorry, Applicants. We Accepted You in Error." (Read)

February 18, 2015
Coalition letter to the U.S. Department of Education re: Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS (Read)

February 12, 2015
AASCU mentioned in Washington Post article "115 education groups: GOP No Child Left Behind legislation is vastly underfunded." (Read)

February 10, 2015
Coalition letter to Rep. Meadows re: Student Worker Exemption Act of 2015 (H.R. 210) (Read)

February 9, 2015
Coalition letter to U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee Chair John Klein (R-MN) opposing the authorizing levels in HR 5 (Read)

February 2, 2015
Coalition letter on Teacher Prep (Read)

February 2, 2015
AASCU Federal Advisory Re: President Obama's FY16 Budget (Read)

January 27, 2015
Coalition letter to Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) re: American Opportunity Tax Credit Act of 2015 (Read)

January 24, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Associated Press article "Fake Schools Draw Scrutiny of Federal Regulators." (Read)

January 23, 2015
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in University World News article "Obama eyes legacy with free higher education plan." (Read)

January 16, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in WOUB Public Media article "Students Say Obama's Free College Proposal Would Help Them." (Read)

January 13, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Chronicle of Higher Education article "Obama Proposes Bill to Protect Student Data, but Not in Higher Education (Read)

January 10, 2015
AASCU quoted in El Paso Times article "Educators, officials laud President Obama's community college plan." (Read)

January 10, 2015
AASCU quoted in MLive.com article "GRCC president says Obama's free community college proposal a 'great thing for this country.'"(Read)

January 10, 2015
AASCU cited in Philadelphia Inquirer story "Obama proposes tuition free education at community colleges." (Read)

January 9, 2015
AASCU quoted in U.S. News & World Report article "Critics Pan Obama's Community College Plan." (Read)

January 9, 2015
AASCU quoted in Chronicle of Higher Education article "Who Has a Stake in Obama's Community-College Plan?" (Read)

January 7, 2015
AASCU releases its 2015 Public Policy Agenda (Read)

January 2, 2015
Letter to OMB re: Proposed Rulemaking for Teacher Preparation Regulations (Read

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