America’s College Promise Proposal

NAFEO President and CEO Lezli Baskerville Responds to the President’s “America’s College Promise” Initiative
NAFEO applauds President Obama’s proposal to make community college tuition free, and views it as the commencement of an important dialogue with the states, college and university stakeholders, that could help as many as 9 million “would be” students move from the margins to the mainstream of American education and commerce; and move others from a service plateau to the pinnacle of their workforce or entrepreneurship dreams.
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NAFEO Proposes Two Options for Enhancing America’s College Promise Proposal to Ensure Against Unintended Adverse Impacts on 4-Year HBCUs and PBIs
As the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies considers funding for Fiscal Year 2016, some have urged that they should consider including four-year Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs) as qualifying institutions in the proposed America’s College Promise (ACP) program.
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Proposed Higher Education Rating System

Postsecondary Institution Ratings Response
NAFEO is pleased to submit the following response to the request of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for information about data elements; metrics; methods of data collection; methods of weighing or scoring; and presentation frameworks for Postsecondary Institution Ratings Systems (PIRS) used to assess the performance of institutions of higher education (IHEs) and advance institutional accountability while also enhancing consumer access to useful information.
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NAFEO Comments on the Postsecondary Institution Ratings Response Framework
NAFEO is pleased to submit the following comments and responses to some of the questions posed about the “framework” for the Department of Education’s Postsecondary Institution Rating System (PIRS). We appreciate the many and varied ways in which our members, the 105 HBCUs and 80 PBIs, and NAFEO as the advocacy association for the nation’s HBCUs and PBIs, and “the voice for blacks in higher education,” have been afforded opportunities for stakeholder input to date, in the shaping of PIRS.
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