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College Access and Success Committee
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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 information.

Sub-Committees/Working Groups
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 these audiences.
  • Monitor 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 requested.
  • Actively 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. 

Advocacy Priorities

The Committee’s current advocacy priorities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Considering 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 program borrowers.
  • Strengthening 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. 

Chris Conway
University of Phoenix

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