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CEO and Executive Leadership Caucus
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Purpose
The purpose of NCHER’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Leadership Caucus is to provide an inclusive forum to facilitate the exchange and solicitation of information, ideas, policies, and procedures impacting the NCHER membership, regardless of class and/or sector. The caucus also promotes legislative and regulatory initiatives of importance to the membership, including state-designated lenders, loan holders, servicers, guaranty agencies, collection agencies, third-party service providers, colleges and universities, and others focused on providing and improving federal, state, and private student aid programs. The caucus’ mission is aligned with NCHER’s mission to help students and families develop, pay for, and attain their educational goals so they can pursue meaningful and rewarding work and become contributing members of society.

Membership
The caucus’ membership is open to no more than two employees of NCHER members who are in good standing. Both members may be included on the caucus email listserv and participate on a caucus conference call. The caucus membership and listserve serve as the primary source of contact(s) for NCHER, including its primary government relations contact, and receive all membership dues and conference and committee billing information.

Leadership

The caucus is led by a chair/vice chair who, when present, presides at all calls of the membership. The chair of the caucus shall be the Chair of the NCHER Board of Directors and the vice chair of the caucus shall be the Chair-Elect of the NCHER Board of Directors.

Communication

The caucus currently holds monthly conference calls (aka monthly membership call) and has an active email listserv for the exchange of information.

Charge

The CEO and Executive Leadership Caucus shall:

  • Provide a forum for the exchange of information among the NCHER membership, including state-designated lenders, loan holders, servicers, guaranty agencies, collection agencies, third-party service provider, colleges and universities and others focused on providing and improving federal, state, and private student aid programs.
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  • Monitor legislative and regulatory activities at the federal and state levels that impact the membership, and assist in responding, in support or opposition, to provisions included in House and Senate legislation that impacts the membership.
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  • Assist NCHER, including its advocacy staff, in identifying items of interest to the membership at the federal and state levels and building consensus on policy positions that can be promoted with Members of Congress and the Administration. Such efforts include, but are not limited to, assisting the NCHER Government Relations Committee in the development of proactive legislative priorities of importance to the caucus membership and advocating for NCHER’s priorities before the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, White House, and federal agencies.
  • Assist NCHER in educating members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, including new and returning members, and Administration officials on the important role that the NCHER membership plays in helping students and families develop, pay for, and attain their educational goals so they can pursue meaningful and rewarding work and become contributing members of society.
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  • Assist NCHER, including its communications staff, in the development of “one-pagers” highlighting the important work that the membership provides to students, borrowers, families, and communities, proactively highlighting positive stories, and quickly responding to complaints raised by student and consumer advocates on the treatment of borrowers and how the membership services and collects on student loans.
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  • Help support members’ efforts to develop new business models, including but not limited to, entering into new contracts or subcontracts with the federal government, creating new private education loan programs, providing third-party services to institutions of higher education, and/or providing college access and success services to students and families.
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  • Assist the NCHER staff in developing sessions relevant to the membership at the NCHER Annual Conference.

  • Work with NCHER’s College Access and Success Committee, Federal Programs and Regulations Committee, Legal Affairs and Compliance Committee, and Private Loan and Consumer Finance Committee to advocate for priorities that are in the best interests of their memberships.

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