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Lawmakers Invite Feedback on Reauthorizing Higher Education Act

By Caralee J. Adams — September 17, 2013 1 min read
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Momentum appears to be building among politicians, educators, and students on the need for changes in higher education, from access to cost and financial aid.

Now, federal lawmakers are asking for recommendations on what exactly to address in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, according to a letter they issued to stakeholders today.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee announced that it will hold a series of hearings in coming months to consider possible changes to the law, which was last revised in 2008. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the chairman, and ranking member Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) wrote that they expect the forums will cover college affordability; increasing access, innovation and success in higher education; student aid; teacher preparation programs; and the roles of government and accreditors in postsecondary education, among other areas.

Recommendations, including proposed legislative language, of no more than five pages should be submitted to

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A version of this news article first appeared in the College Bound blog.