National Committee Will Tackle Tough Issues in Higher Education

"To address some of the problems facing higher education in America, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) has convened a forward-thinking group of 50 experts, which it's calling Forward50. The national committee will spend 2018 tackling issues ranging from the accessibility of a postsecondary education to its affordability," Associations Now reports.

"'We wanted to get folks from all levels of campus, from the very top—college presidents, chancellors, boards of trustee members—and from every office below to come together and really think about solutions to some of the issues that have been talked about in higher education for many years,' said NASFAA President Justin Draeger.

... 'While public confidence in higher education is still very high when compared to other industries, including politicians, public confidence in higher education has waned in recent years under perceptions about college cost, student debt, and future earnings,' Draeger said.

To make a start at fixing these problems, Forward50 will produce four whitepapers with topics including access to a postsecondary degree; transparency in how much higher ed costs and how people pay for it; and accountability to taxpayers. On the latter point, Draeger explains that taxpayers invest so much in higher education that they 'also deserve some accountability that students are taking on responsible levels of debts,' as well as graduating and getting good earnings."

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Publication Date: 1/26/2018

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