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AAU WEEKLY WRAP-UP

 

February 7, 2014       

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CONGRESSIONAL SCHEDULE     NEW  

 EXECUTIVE BRANCH  

Higher Education Associations Weigh in on Proposed College Rating System

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AAU, ARL, APLU Release Public Access Plan for Improved Sharing and Use of Research Findings    NEW  

 

CONGRESSIONAL SCHEDULE   NEW   

Neither the House nor the Senate met today.  When the Senate reconvenes on Monday, February 10, it will consider legislation (S. 1963) to repeal the cut in cost-of-living adjustment for certain military retirees that was part of the FY14 omnibus appropriations bill.  The House will also reconvene on Monday and will consider two bills under suspension of the rules, the first reauthorizing drought information systems (H.R. 2431) and the second a resolution about the people of Ukraine (H.Res.447).  

 

EXECUTIVE BRANCH  

HIGHER EDUCATION ASSOCIATIONS WEIGH IN ON PROPOSED COLLEGE RATING SYSTEM   

A group of 26 higher education associations, including AAU, submitted comments  on January 31 to the Department of Education regarding the President's proposed Postsecondary Institution Rating System (PIRS).  The response, led by the American Council on Education, expressed opposition to the proposal and outlined specific concerns.  

"Throughout the extensive network of campus officials and research specialists with whom we have consulted," the letter said, "there is unanimous agreement that any tool designed to be useful to students and parents in their college search should be grounded in reliable and valid data, and presented with the appropriate context to accurately reflect institutional performance. Lacking such information, distorted results are inevitable and students and institutions will be harmed." 

AAU submitted its own detailed response  to the Department of Education on the proposed college rating system on January 24.  The association also opposed the plan and provided specific recommendations regarding the proposed data elements, metrics, and data collection.  

 

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AAU, ARL, APLU RELEASE PUBLIC ACCESS PLAN FOR IMPROVED SHARING AND USE OF RESEARCH FINDINGS     NEW   

AAU, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) on February 6 released  the project plan for the first portion of their public access initiative to ensure that scholarly research findings at universities are publicly available and built upon in a manner that facilitates and accelerates the research process.  

The SHARE Notification System Project Plan  is the first step in the associations' broader effort, the SHared Access Research Ecosystem ( SHARE ).  This is an initiative to develop a robust national network of interoperable university repositories that will provide free public access to the articles and data resulting from university research. The Notification System Project Plan focuses on the process by which this repository system will be developed.  

 

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