Midterm 2018 postgame: What the outcome means for higher ed In the wake of the 2018 midterm elections and as Congress embarks on the next chapter of an already divisive era in American politics, how will key issues for the higher education community come into play? As promised during our October 31 webinar, we’re using this post to break down the election results, look ahead to the 116th Congress, and provide some forecasts about how a new crop of lawmakers and congressional leaders may affect higher ed initiatives. We hope our postgame commentary will break through the confusion and help you plan for 2019!

In the wake of the 2018 midterm elections and as Congress embarks on the next chapter of an already divisive era in American politics, how will key issues for the higher education community come into play?

As promised during our October 31 webinar, we’re using this post to break down the election results, look ahead to the 116th Congress, and provide some forecasts about how a new crop of lawmakers and congressional leaders may affect higher ed initiatives.

We hope our postgame commentary will break through the confusion and help you plan for 2019!

https://www.thompsoncoburn.com/insights/blogs/regucation/post/2018-11-08/midterm-2018-postgame-what-the-outcome-means-for-higher-ed?utm_source=Concep%20Send&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Midterm%202018%20postgame:%20What%20the%20outcome%20means%20for%20higher%20ed_11/08/2018

 

Don’t Get Spooked! What the Midterms Mean for Higher Education

 

 

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Are you scared of the midterms? On Halloween, Thompson Coburn will host a panel conversation about the election and its impact on higher education. Among other topics, our panelists will discuss:

  • Potential scenarios on the control of the House and Senate
  • Key races to watch on election night
  • The substantive effect of the election outcome on reauthorization of the Higher Education Act
  • Implications for FY2020 education spending
  • What role, if any, the election will have on regulation and oversight at the US Department of Education

Kevin Cain is the Director of Governmental Affairs with the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges where he works to educate Congress and the administration on the challenges and opportunities facing academic veterinary medicine. Prior to working at AAVMC, Kevin worked as Vanderbilt University’s Director of Governmental Affairs for Health and Biomedical Sciences. Kevin served as a key aide to two members of Congress and, over the course of his 19-year career, he has worked as a policy leader and advocate, advising lawmakers and staff on legislative and regulatory changes that could impact critical business decisions.

Kimberly Jones serves as the Vice President for Public Policy and Communications at the Council for Opportunity in Education. Jones maintains various professional memberships, including the Committee for Education Funding, of which she served as President in 2014; the National Bar Association, for which she chaired the Legislation Standing Committee in 2014-2015; Women in Government Relations; and the Washington Government Relations Group. Jones is a graduate of Yale University and the Georgetown University Law Center. In 2016, she was named one of the “40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates” by the National Bar Association and received the organization’s Excellence in Activism Award. In 2018, Jones was selected for the Diversity Executive Leadership Program sponsored by ASAE, the American Society of Association Executives.

Chris Murray is a partner in Thompson Coburn’s Lobbying & Policy group. One of Washington’s leading political advocates and strategic advisors for the education sector, Chris has a particular interest in supporting organizations that are disrupting the status quo. At its core, Chris’s work is about getting to a meaningful and lasting result that supports the mission of his clients, which is simply to provide the best and most affordable education for all. Chris has been recognized for the depth of his knowledge of education policy, which spans all corners of education, from pre-K through primary, secondary, and postsecondary, from institutions and trade associations to technology companies and investors.

Ken Salomon is a partner in Thompson Coburn’s Lobbying & Policy group. Ken has spent his entire legal career in the public and private sectors in Washington, DC and has a thorough understanding and appreciation of how lobbying can advance client needs and interests. He has helped clients in a variety of sectors—including e-commerce, higher education, technology, telecommunications, health care, and intellectual property—develop and implement winning lobbying strategies by crafting and implementing innovative approaches to affect the formation of public policy in the U.S. Congress and the administration.

For more information regarding Thompson Coburn’s Higher Education Webinar Series, please contact Aaron Lacey.  A partner in the firm’s Higher Education Practice and the Series’ host, Aaron can be reached at 314-552-6405 or alacey@thompsoncoburn.com.   

 

 

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College students predicted to fall by more than 15% after the year 2025

Only a handful of states, colored in blue, are predicted to see an increase in the number of students attending regional four-year colleges and universities between 2012 and 2029. The rest will see declines in students. In the red-colored states, the drop in students will exceed 15%. The dots represent large metropolitan areas. These urban college markets, such as San Diego, may diverge from their state’s or region’s trends. 

What does the declining birthrate mean for colleges and universities and the students who hope to get a college degree a decade from now? The answer depends on where you live in the United States and how selective the college is. For most colleges and universities, the outlook is grim. But that could be a good thing for their future students.

https://hechingerreport-org.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/hechingerreport.org/college-students-predicted-to-fall-by-more-than-15-after-the-year-2025/amp/

 

 

PROPOSED BORROWER DEFENSE TO REPAYMENT REGULATIONS AND THE IMPACT ON THE COMPOSITE SCORE RATIO

As part of the July 25, 2018 proposed regulations related to Borrower Defense to Repayment (BDTR), the U.S. Department of Education (ED) proposed some key changes to the composite score ratio (CSR) calculations. These changes are a result of the discussions from the financial responsibility subcommittee which was formed as part of the BDTR negotiated rule-making process. These proposed changes have both positive and negative impacts on the CSR calculation. Key changes are as follows:

Proposed Borrower Defense to Repayment Regulations and the Impact on the Composite Score Ratio

Democratic and Republican voters agree that America faces a student-debt crisis

Whether the nation’s $1.5 trillion student-debt problem represents a crisis is a matter of debate among policy makers and experts. But ask regular voters what they think and the answer seems pretty clear.

More than half of Republicans, 67% of Independents and 71% of Democrats agree that student debt is a crisis, according to a recent poll of 1,000 voters conducted by Lake Research Partners and Chesapeake Beach Consulting on behalf of Americans for Financial Reform and the Center for Responsible Lending, two consumer advocacy organizations.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/voters-have-spoken-student-debt-is-officially-a-crisis-2018-08-09