Join the Public Policy Advisory Group

February 6, 2023
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AACRAO’s annual call for new members for the Public Policy Advisory Group (PPAG) is now open. The group provides an essential practitioner perspective on emerging higher education policy issues and serves as an invaluable resource to AACRAO's Executive Director and Government Relations staff as they craft responses to proposed legislation and regulations.

The professional knowledge and expertise of AACRAO members is critical to our understanding of and influence on relevant issues, said Michelle Mott, Director of Public Policy at AACRAO. PPAG really serves as a sounding board for the association. The group’s input shapes our stances on policy developments and helps to ensure that well-intentioned proposals do not negatively impact students and institutions.

Over the last year, PPAG helped to inform the association’s response to the Biden administration’s sweeping regulatory agenda, which included new institutional accountability rules and regulations governing student loan relief programs that expanded eligibility and strengthened protections for defrauded borrowers. The group guided AACRAO’s advocacy efforts on a wide range of veterans and servicemember-related issues, addressing concerns related to the 85/15 rule reset and the implementation of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ new Enrollment Manager system, among other things. PPAG members also joined a broader higher education community working group to provide input on proposed updates to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) reporting guidance, as well as other issues related to student data privacy and data protection, particularly concerning Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and other undocumented students.

Each year, the association adds up to four new members for this group. We encourage each of you to consider applying to more actively engage with public policy issues affecting your professions, the students you serve, and higher education as a whole.

Join AACRAO's Public Policy Advisory Group (PPAG)

The Advisory Group consists of 8-12 AACRAO members selected based on their areas of expertise and type of institution and will be representative of the regional, gender, and ethnic diversity of the association. Members will be appointed for a three-year term.

Areas of expertise may include:

  • admissions

  • enrollment services

  • financial aid

  • access and equity

  • serving veterans and servicemembers

  • community colleges

  • graduate and professional education

  • online and distance education

  • transfer

  • competency-based education

  • credit for prior learning

  • and others

We look forward to forming a dynamic, engaged group that will help the association respond to legislative and regulatory proposals and keep the membership abreast of emerging federal relations and policy initiatives, developments, interpretations, and implementations.

Application Deadline: Friday, February 17, 2023

AACRAO members who are interested in being part of the Advisory Group should complete this brief online form.


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