- Mary Sue's Desk: Our Collective Efforts to Improve Undergraduate Education
- Administration's FY19 Budget Summary and Materials Available
- Immigration Debate Continues
- Senate HELP Committee Leaders Solicit HEA Reauthorization Feedback
- AAU, Others Ask Appropriators for Strong L-HHS-Ed Funding Allocation
- UCLA Releases University-Led Grand Challenges Report
- OSTP Request for Information: National Strategic Policy for Advanced Manufacturing
- Next CFR Meeting: February 20-21
MARY SUE'S DESK: OUR COLLECTIVE EFFORTS TO IMPROVE UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Today, AAU President Mary Sue Coleman released a blog post to profile our collective efforts to improve undergraduate teaching and learning. She references the Undergraduate STEM Initiative and member campus efforts, including those at Brown University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
ADMINISTRATION'S FY19 BUDGET SUMMARY AND MATERIALS AVAILABLE
The administration on Monday released its FY19 budget proposal, "Efficient, Effective, Accountable: An American Budget." AAU prepared summary materials and updated funding tables to outline the proposed funding levels for AAU priority higher education and research programs.
AAU President Mary Sue Coleman issued a statement Monday to express deep concerns with the proposed budget, saying "this budget would slash investment in the very research and education programs critical to our nation's continued prosperity."
IMMIGRATION DEBATE CONTINUES
The Senate began debating immigration Monday, launching a process that could lead to a permanent solution for young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. Any legislation that can garner the required 60 votes will pass to then move to the House for consideration. However, media reports indicate that no single legislative vehicle has garnered the required bipartisan support, and party leaders appear to remain tethered to their respective reform priorities. Absent compromise, the debate seems to be headed for failure.
In a morning statement, President Trump again urged Congress to oppose any bill that does not embrace the "four pillars": border wall funds, a path to citizenship for 1.8 million undocumented young immigrants, cutting family-based immigration, and ending the diversity lottery. The statement also encourages support for Senator Chuck Grassley's Secure and Succeed Act, which is based on the White House immigration framework.
SENATE HELP COMMITTEE LEADERS SOLICIT HEA REAUTHORIZATION FEEDBACK
Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray yesterday sent an open request "seeking comments or suggestions for the Committee's consideration" on HEA reauthorization, with a February 23 deadline. AAU will develop a response.
This request is in addition to the previous call for input included in Chairman Alexander's higher education accountability white paper, released February 1. AAU is working to submit a response to the white paper and will share it with the CFR once submitted.
AAU, OTHERS ASK APPROPRIATORS FOR STRONG L-HHS-ED FUNDING ALLOCATION
AAU today joined several other higher education associations in a joint letter to ask that House and Senate appropriators provide the largest possible funding allocation for the FY18 Labor-HHS-Ed appropriations bill. Doing so, the letter says, will maintain Congress's historic commitment to student financial aid and medical research.
UCLA RELEASES UNIVERSITY-LED GRAND CHALLENGES REPORT
UCLA yesterday released a Report on University-Led Grand Challenges, which stems from an October 2017 Workshop and Strategy Session. The report outlines best practices and information exchanged between representatives of 21 universities, including 17 AAU members, already engaged in or considering university-led grand challenges. Also known as "moonshots," grand challenges give institutions the opportunity to connect with the public and demonstrate the value of university research by helping solve a major societal challenge.
OSTP REQUEST FOR INFORMATION: NATIONAL STRATEGIC POLICY FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING
The Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science and Technology Council via a Request for Information (RFI) are seeking feedback by Wednesday, March 7, on the development of a National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing. The RFI "seeks input from the public on ways to improve government coordination and on long-term guidance for Federal programs and activities in support of United States manufacturing competitiveness, including advanced manufacturing research and development that will create jobs, grow the economy across multiple industrial sectors, strengthen national security, and improve healthcare."
AAU and APLU are considering submitting joint comments. If you have suggestions concerning specific points our two associations should make in response to the RFI, please let us know.
NEXT CFR MEETING: FEBRUARY 20-21
The CFR will convene in-person next week February 20 and 21. A draft agenda is available here.
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