As House Republicans Release HEA Bill, New America Experts Identify Key Questions for Analysis

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 1, 2017) — Today, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), chair of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, released a bill that would reauthorize the Higher Education Act. The bill, known as the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity Through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act, is expected to include sweeping changes to the way in which the federal government distributes federal student aid, regulates higher education institutions, and promotes alternatives to traditional higher education.

The following quote can be attributed to Amy Laitinen, director of higher education at New America:

"The Higher Education Act is long overdue for reauthorization, and it is critical that this bill—the first step in a long process—be written with the best interests of students in mind. Initial reports suggest that, while some long-needed changes may be included, the bill will strip out too many critical student and taxpayer protections, without addressing the real issues of college affordability and student outcomes in higher education."

New America’s higher-education and workforce policy experts will provide ongoing analysis of the bill and of the reauthorization process. While details are still emerging, there are several key questions our experts will be exploring, including:

  • Will the bill make college more affordable for students and working families?

  • Will the bill hold schools, especially bad actors, accountable?

  • Will the bill provide better data and consumer information for America’s students and families?

  • Will the bill prepare students to compete in the economy and participate in the workforce of tomorrow?

  • Will the bill balance innovation with the need for evidence-building and careful oversight?

Continuing analysis will also be available here.