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In a book titled "Pursuing Quality, Access, and Affordability: A Field Guide to Improving Higher Education," author Stephen Ehrmann examines three challenges that nearly all colleges and universities face, including: improving the learning outcomes of students, expanding equitable access to higher education, and making academic programs more affordable. "Quality, access, and affordability are crucial to overcoming the challenges facing higher education now and in the coming years. Unfortunately, many in the field seem to believe addressing these three challenges together creates conflict or is not feasible. This has been referred to as the iron triangle, reflecting the idea that the three are integrally linked and changing one will significantly affect the other two," writes Jacob Smith, who read the book and shared his opinions of its content with NASFAA. What follows are his takeaways, thoughts, and reflections.
The 2022 Conference Mentor Task Force has begun its work! The task force is already well underway developing events for our first-time attendees, with Randy McCready from the University of Pittsburgh serving as the task force chair. To see all steering committee members, please review the task force charter.
Join NASFAA's Tiffany Gibbs and Lissa Powell next Wednesday, April 20, at 2:00 p.m. ET as they provide an overview of some of the basic concepts related to awarding and disbursing Title IV aid for the summer. Topics discussed will include important issues to consider first when awarding summer aid, selecting summer program formats, selecting the award year expected family contribution (EFC), prorating summer EFCs, calculating summer cost of attendance, and determining enrollment status. Register now.