Washington D.C., Dec. 1, 2017 -- Today the U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee Chairwoman, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), chairman of the Higher Education and Workforce Development subcommittee introduced the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act. Institute for Higher Education Policy President Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D. released the following statement:
"The broad vision outlined in today's proposal aims to promote greater college access and successful completion. But a federal higher education policy framework that truly helps America's students prosper will offer all students the chance to transform their life circumstances and achieve a more secure future for themselves and their families.
"For nearly 25 years, IHEP has researched and pursued higher education policy solutions that narrow longstanding inequities in college access and success for all students. The most effective policy proposals prioritize completion, particularly for the most underserved students; include often forgotten populations such as incarcerated students; promote affordability by prioritizing need-based aid; and are grounded in strong evidence.
"When students participate in higher education, they experience increased economic independence and mobility. When students succeed in higher education, our communities are enriched and our economy thrives.
"As lawmakers work to strengthen policies to help all students prosper, each must be guided by a commitment to narrowing inequities in college access and success. The IHEP team stands ready to support policymakers today and as these conversations continue."