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ACTE Releases Higher Ed Priorities


August 30, 2013


ACTE Releases Higher Ed Priorities

Today, ACTE released its reauthorization priorities for the Higher Education Act (HEA).

Originally enacted in 1965, the HEA’s main purpose is to ensure postsecondary education is accessible and affordable to low-income and disadvantaged students through programs such as student loans and grants and institutional aid. The act also provides aid for teacher preparation programs to produce high quality teachers for K-12 education.

ACTE’s priorities for reauthorization include:

  • reducing barriers to short-term higher education
  • ensuring adequate access to financial aid programs for all students
  • supporting CTE teacher preparation programs and alternative paths to certification
  • evaluating data collection requirements to reduce burden and ensure program integrity

In developing these priorities, we wanted to ensure that a reauthorized HEA considers CTE programs at sub-baccalaureate institutions as an equal postsecondary option to four-year institutions. Building on that, the priorities seek to include the students of those institutions equally in consideration of financial aid and data collection.

You can find more specifics about these priorities here.

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