January 26, 2018

Advocacy Opportunity


As Congress begins to consider the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, now is the time to start collecting information, data, and stories on how this legislation will impact your students. 


Congressional Update


Short Government Shutdown Ends; Immigration Issues Persist

On Monday, Congress voted to end the short government shutdown.


White House Update


White House Issues Immigration Principles

The White House is releasing a framework of policy principles that it would like to see in an immigration package.


Department of Education News


Senior Policy Advisor Appointed

The Education Department has hired Kent Talbert to be senior policy advisor for the deputy secretary.


National Science Foundation News


Decline in International Student Enrollment

According to the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Science and Engineering Indicators released last week, the number of international students in the U.S. decreased from 2016 to 2017.


Reports and Studies


Impacts of Perceived Gender Bias in STEM

According to a study published in the American Educational Research Journal, the perception of discrimination matters more to students when picking majors than factors such as how much math or science is involved or even how much they are likely to earn after studying that major. 




EPA Sued Over Science Advisory Board Changes

Advocacy groups representing scientists are suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its actions aimed at barring agency grant recipients from advisory boards.


Quips and Quotes


CGS in the News

CGS Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs Beth Buehlmann was interviewed by CNBC in their article, “GOP actions may make graduate school too costly for many.”


Website Resources


For further information on specific Congressional issues or departmental activities, please check the following websites:

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Beth Buehlmann
Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs
Kenneth Polishchuk
Manager of Public Policy and Government Affairs
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Washington, DC  20036