Three bipartisan bills aimed at reforming the nation’s higher education system last week advanced through the House Education and the Workforce Committee.
In announcing the committee’s action, Chairman John Kline, R-Minn., said, “These bipartisan proposals will make a difference in the lives of students and families. … I look forward to House consideration of these proposals and the work that lies ahead.”
As part of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, the members of this U.S. House of Representatives committee have examined issues ranging from the accessibility gap to the simplification of the federal aid process. The legislation passing through the committee last week includes:
- The Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Act — Introduced by Reps. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., Susan Brooks, R-Ind., and Jared Polis, D-Colo., to offer new opportunities for students to receive high-quality education in a way that best fits with their personal and financial needs.
- The Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act — Introduced by Reps. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., and Luke Messer, R-Ind., to provide students with more information to help them make informed decisions regarding their education.
- The Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act — Introduced by Reps. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., and Richard Hudson, R-N.C., to enhance financial literacy counseling for all recipients of federal financial aid.