Dennis Brown | March 16, 2019
Mary Nucciarone, director of financial aid at the University of Notre Dame, is among the 50 members of the Higher Education Committee of 50 that Wednesday (March 13) released 36 recommendations for how to best help students succeed in college.
Facilitated by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the committee was composed of college presidents, members of governing boards, enrollment managers, admissions staff, financial aid leaders, students and others from all sectors of higher education. They spent the past 18 months examining policy areas related to college access, affordability, accountability and transparency to produce their final recommendations.
“The HEC50 report is a roadmap to fair access to universities, which is opposite to scandal we have witnessed in recent days,” Nucciarone said. “This group of educational leaders is committed to providing all qualified students, regardless of socio-economic status, the information they need about the many opportunities for postsecondary education.
“Our goal is to raise awareness of policymakers, institutional leaders and the general public. We believe our report provides practical recommendations on how access barriers can be broken down, particularly for low-income or first-generation students. The public policy recommendations are focused on strategies to improve federal aid delivery and holding institutions accountable for educational outcomes.”
Nucciarone will be among the committee members who will present the recommendations to members of Congress on Thursday (March 14).
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