Thursday, June 21, 2018

AACRAO kicked off this year’s Summer Leadership meeting with a trip to Capitol Hill to advocate at the federal level on issues within AACRAO’s Public Policy Agenda.

Organized by AACRAO’s Government Relations department, 42 AACRAO Advocates walked the halls of Congress and met with over 80 Congressional offices to share their practitioner perspective on how policy impacts the work you, our AACRAO members, do on a daily basis. During the morning Advocates heard about the pressing higher education issues facing Congress and the Administration from Andrew Kreighbaum, Federal Policy and Higher Education Reporter, Inside Higher Education. In addition, they also heard the latest information on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) as well insights on how to maximize meetings with Congressional offices from representatives from the American Council of Education (ACE), the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Hispanics Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).

Senate and House Discussions

While at the Senate, attendees discussed AACRAO priorities for HEA Reauthorization, FERPA updates, and supported the recently introduced, bi-partisan Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act. Championed by AACRAO, this bill is a companion to the measure introduced in the House last fall. On the House side, AACRAO was the first higher education association to gather en masse on the Hill after the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act was announced for a floor vote, then pulled back to committee. Attendees used this opportunity to push back on the bill that AACRAO believes to be problematic for students, families, and institutions.


Keep the Momentum Going


Senate Meetings

Senator Baldwin
Senator Bennet
Senator Blunt
Senator Brown
Senator Burr
Senator Cardin
Senator Cornyn
Senator Cortez Masto
Senator Crapo
Senator Gardner
Senator Gillibrand
Senator Heitkamp
Senator Kaine
Senator Manchin
Senator Markey
Senator McCaskill
Senator Moran
Senator Nelson
Senator Paul
Senator Portman
Senator Risch
Senator Roberts
Senator Rubio
Senator Smith
Senator Warner
Senator Warren
Senator Wyden
Senator Young

House Meetings

Congresswoman Beatty
Congressman Black
Congresswoman Bonamici
Congressman Brat
Congresswoman Brooks
Congressman Brown
Congressman Buck
Congressman Butterfield
Congressman Byrne
Congressman Capuano
Congressman Carson
Congressman Clay
Congressman Cooper
Congressman Cramer
Congressman Davidson
Congressman Donovan
Congressman Ellison
Congressman Espaillat
Congressman Estes
Congresswoman Fudge
Congressman Gohmert
Congressman Griffith
Congressman Grothman
Congressman Guthrie
Congressman Holding
Congressman Hollingsworth
Congressman Hudson
Congressman Jeffries
Congresswoman Jenkins
Congressman Jenkins
Congresswoman Kelly
Congressman Kinzinger
Congressman Krishnamoorthi
Congressman Labrador
Congressman Lewis
Congressman Long
Congresswoman Maloney
Congresswoman McCollum
Congressman Moulton
Congressman Paulsen
Congressman Perlmutter
Congressman Polis
Congressman Roe
Congressman Rogers
Congressman Rokita
Congressman Rush
Congresswoman Titus
Congressman Vela
Congressman Yoho