CGS Submits Witness Testimony on FY 2024 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriation Bill

Earlier this week, CGS submitted written testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies concerning graduate education programs funded by the Department of Education and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In the written testimony, CGS highlighted Department of Education programs that promote access to graduate education and scholarship, strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion at our nation’s universities, and create opportunities for international engagement and collaboration. Read more.

House Education and the Workforce Hearing on Student Loans

On March 23, the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development held a hearing titled Breaking the System: Examining the Implications of Biden’s Student Loan Policies for Students and Taxpayers. Read more

CGS Letter to NSF Regarding Implementation of the Chips and Science Act

On March 15, CGS sent a letter to the National Science Foundation (NSF) regarding implementation of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022. In the letter, CGS asks NSF to give special attention to programs that provide mentoring, career training, and professional development to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, as well as to programs that aim to broaden participation in science. Read more

Higher Education Community Engages the Biden Administration on Third-Party Servicers and Increased Visa Fees

Last week, CGS and 14 other organizations sent a letter to Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona concerning proposed changes to the 2011 guidance on incentive compensation for college recruiters and the bundling of services exception for third-party servicers. The guidance clarifies when companies and others who provide recruitment services to institutions of higher education will fall into the third-party servicers category regarding online program managers. Read more

Department of Education Announces Use of Secret Shoppers

The Department of Education announced this week that the Office of Federal Student Aid will use secret shoppers to monitor compliance in federal student aid programs. Read more

Department of Energy Announces $150 Million for Research on the Science Foundations for Energy Earthshots

On March 21, the Department of Energy announced $150 million for research into the crosscutting foundational science for multiple Energy Earthshots. This program will support fundamental scientific research to seed innovations or to provide the scientific understanding to support existing technology development pathways for the needed portfolio of Energy Earthshot solutions. Read more.