How Could Federal Risk-sharing Proposals Affect Public Universities?

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Thursday, May 31, 2018 to Thursday, May 31, 2018
Washington, D.C.

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While lawmakers on Capitol Hill remain divided over a policy framework for reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, one relatively new concept has attracted interest from leading Democrats, Republicans and administration officials: risk sharing. Under risk sharing, institutions of higher education participating in Title IV financial aid would have “skin in the game,” accepting a share of the responsibility for the performance of student loans originating from their campus. Despite bipartisan interest, some risk-sharing schemes could threaten college access for low-income students and penalize institutions for outcomes beyond their control. In this webinar, two AASCU policy analysts will examine the origins of risk sharing, the current federal accountability landscape for public universities, the pros and cons of this policy concept, and a summary of risk-sharing proposals on Capitol Hill.  
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  • Barmak Nassirian, Director of Federal Relations and Policy Analysis, AASC
  • Thomas L. Harnisch, Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis, AASCU

Barmak NassirianBarmak Nassirian is the director of federal relations and policy analysis at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. In this role, he coordinates federal legislative and regulatory matters and helps craft the association’s Public Policy Agenda. Read bio

Tom HarnischThomas Harnisch is the director of state relations and policy analysis at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. In this role, his responsibility includes research, policy analysis, and communication to AASCU membership and other stakeholder groups. He helps develop the AASCU Public Policy Agenda and coordinates the annual Higher Education Government Relations Conference. Read bio



  • Thomas HarnischDirector of State Relations and Policy 478-4660