The purpose of NCHER’s College
Access and Success Committee is to provide support to the membership in meeting
their missions to increase college access and completion for students
interested in pursuing a postsecondary education. The Committee fosters and
promotes best practices for those activities around career and college
exploration, planning, and counseling; pre-college, in-school, and post-college
financial literacy; and college-to-career initiatives, and supports efforts to
assist students in transitioning to successful employment. The Committee’s
mission is aligned with NCHER’s mission to enhance member organizations’
abilities to help families and students develop, pay for, and attain their
educational goals so they can pursue meaningful and rewarding work and become
contributing members of society.
The Committee’s membership
is open to all employees of NCHER members in good standing. More than one employee may attend a Committee
meeting, participate on a committee conference call, and be included on the
Committee e-mail listserv.
The Committee is led by a
chair or co-chairs who will, when present, preside at all meetings of the
membership. The chair or co-chairs are recruited by NCHER based on the
individual’s subject matter expertise and the approval of the individual’s
employer, as the chair or co-chairs often devote significant time to committee
business. The chair/co-chairs serve two-year terms – staggered when possible to
promote continuity – and are not limited in tenure.
The Committee holds
monthly conference calls and has an active email listserv for the exchange of
The Committee leadership
may create sub-committees or working groups to address specific issues that
require a specific subset of expertise and/or are time-sensitive and need to be
addressed/resolved between in-person meetings of the Committee.
The Committee shall:
- Promote early
access, financial literacy, and college planning initiatives, including
responsible borrowing for those students and families who need to access
federal and private student loans to cover the costs of their postsecondary
education. Such efforts should occur in conjunction with the NCHER Debt
Management and Borrower Support Committee and the NCHER Private Education Loan
and Consumer Finance Committee.
- Expand outreach
to students, borrowers, families, and/or educators across the country in an
effort to help fill the knowledge gap that may exist in the information they
provide by partnering with like-minded organizations that conduct outreach to
legislative and regulatory activities that impact state grant programs and 529 college
savings plans and provide recommended improvements to policy makers.
- Elevate and
promote the membership as experts and trusted advisors on how to find the best
options to pay for postsecondary education and how best to successfully manage
student loan repayment. Such efforts could include creating a speakers bureau
of those experts who are available and willing to present information as
participate in Committee meetings and conference calls and support the goals
and objectives of the Committee.
- Assist the NCHER
staff in developing the agenda and delivering sessions relevant to the
Committee at the NCHER Knowledge Symposium.
- Assist NCHER’s
advocacy efforts in identifying items of interest to its membership at the
federal level and building consensus on policy positions that can be promoted
with Members of Congress and the Administration.
- Assist NCHER’s
communications efforts in the development of "one-pagers” highlighting the
important work that the membership provides to students, borrowers, and
families. Such efforts could include the updating of the Going2College website.
- Assist NCHER’s
research efforts undertaken to influence the development of federal policy. Such
efforts could include publishing collective work and data results to help
increase awareness of the efforts of NCHER members and show the impact on
student/borrower behavior such as a FAQ for borrowers. Such efforts could also
include conducting a study to determine if personalized and locally-delivered
counseling produces better outcomes than other modes of counseling.
- Work with other
NCHER Committees and Caucuses to inform policy makers about the proven best
practices in providing support to students, borrowers and families and to advocate
for priorities that are in the interests of the membership.
The Committee’s current
advocacy priorities include, but are not limited to:
proposals that impact college access and completion and promoting those efforts
on the federal level that benefit students, borrowers, and families.
- Securing funding
for personalized financial education, debt management, and default prevention
services to students and families, and assisting institutions in default
management, aversion, and prevention.
- Streamlining the
myriad of repayment plans available to student and parent borrowers, including
creating a single income-based repayment plan for all Stafford and Grad PLUS
existing entrance and exit counseling so that student and parent borrowers
better understand their financial obligations.
- Promoting the use
of 529 College Savings Plans by ensuring that students and families are aware
of the availability of 529 plans and their role in accessing postsecondary
education, and exempting a certain percentage of the assets held in 529 plans
from federal financial aid calculations.
Managing Director, ALL Management Corporation
Financial Literacy Product Manager