Council of State Representatives (CSR) Spring Meeting

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 to Friday, March 22, 2013
Washington, D.C.

AASCU’s Council of State Representatives includes representation from 49 states and the U.S. territories. The Council is comprised of college and university presidents and chancellors, system heads, and state coordinating board executives.

About the Conference

The Council advises staff on higher education public policy issues, helps formulate the Association’s annual Public Policy Agenda, and assists the staff in carrying out the Agenda’s legislative priorities through contacts with stakeholders and members, including the Federal government and members of Congress. The Council is currently chaired by Tomás Morales, President, California State University, San Bernardino.

CSR members will be briefed in advance in preparation of their visits to Capitol Hill to advocate for higher education policy on behalf of AASCU institutions. Speakers have been invited to inform the Council on current higher education policy issues. Council members will also engage in a roundtable on current higher education issues across the states in addition to innovations in higher education.

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Wednesday, March 20

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Welcome, Introductions and Federal Overview

AASCU staff will update Council members with the current dynamics in Washington politics that will include insight into the latest conversations about sequestration, the debt limit, and ongoing budget negotiations. Members will also be presented with suggested talking points on a few key policy priorities for their Thursday morning visits to Capitol Hill. Finally, members will learn of other important topics in which AASCU is involved or anticipates during the coming year.
  • Tomás Morales, President, CSU San Bernardino
  • Muriel Howard, President
  • Ed Elmendorf, SVP for Government Relations
  • Robert Moran, Director of Federal Relations
  • Makese Motley, Assistant Director of Federal Relations

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
D. C. Coast
1401 K Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

Thursday, March 21

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast on your own

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Hill visits
Council members are encouraged to make arrangements on their own to visit with their Representatives and Senators.

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch (AASCU Offices) and Hill debrief discussion

1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Presentations on Reforming Financial Aid
In recent years, numerous groups have called for reforming the federal financial aid system. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded 16 grants last year to organizations to explore the overhaul of the federal financial aid program. This session will allow the Council to examine a few of the proposals generated by the organizations funded by Gates.
  • Peter McPherson, President, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU)
  • Justin Draeger, President, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
  • Michael Dannenberg, Director of Higher Education and Education Finance Policy, Education Trust
  • Wendell Hall, Deputy Director, Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
AASCU Discussion of Federal Aid Reform
This session will garner feedback and direction based on some of the previous elements heard during the session before. AASCU will compile these comments and use them as a base for the direction the association pursues during the upcoming reauthorization process.

3:30 – 3:40 p.m.

3:40 – 5:00 p.m.
Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act
The Higher Education Act is due to be reauthorized in 2014. Over the coming year, both the House and the Senate will be holding a series of hearings on several different topics. AASCU will explore some of the key areas that we anticipate will be the focus of these hearings and continued debate.
  • Sarah Flanagan, Vice President for Government Relations and Policy, National Association for Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
  • Susan Aldridge, Senior Fellow, AASCU
  • Allen Sessoms, Senior Fellow, AASCU
  • John Cavanaugh, President & CEO, Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area

Dinner on your own

Friday, March 22

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast (AASCU Offices)

8:30-9:30 a.m.
The Honorable Martha Kanter, Under Secretary
U. S. Department of Education

9:30-10:00 a.m.
State Outlook
Dan Hurley,
Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis

10:00 – Noon
Roundtable Discussion by CSR Members

Wrap Up and Adjournment (Box lunches provided)

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There is no registration fee however, registration, is only open to members of the Council of State Representatives. Registration is to be completed on-line.
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The meeting will be held at the AASCU office located at 1307 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. Meeting attendees will stay at the Hilton Garden Inn, (which is about a 5-minute walk from the AASCU office) see address of the hotel below.

Hilton Garden Inn
815 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 783-7800

Please contact the hotel directly for reservations by calling 202.783.7800. Meeting attendees are responsible for all charges.

$279 single or double occupancy for arrivals on March 19 and 20 and $249 for arrivals on the nights of March 21 and 22.

Your hotel reservations must be made by February 27, to ensure the conference room rate.

Individuals failing to check in on the reserved day will forfeit one night’s room and tax. No show charges can be avoided if reservations are cancelled no later than 24 hours prior to arrival date.