House Committee Discusses Postsecondary Opportunities
February 3, 2014
Committee Discusses Postsecondary Opportunities
House Committee on Education and the Workforce’s Subcommittee on Higher
Education and the Workforce held a hearing on January 28 titled “Keeping College
Within Reach: Sharing Best Practices for Serving Low Income and First
before the committee were three faculty members from four-year postsecondary
institutions and a graduate student who described the various best practices
they have witnessed or participated in:
James Anderson, Chancellor, Fayetteville
Mary Del Blazo, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer,
College of Westchester
- Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider , President, DePaul
Josse Alex Garrido, graduate student, University of Texas
the best practices discussed by the witnesses during the hearing were programs
such as Gear Up, student mentoring and reforms to remedial courses.
Additionally, all three postsecondary administrator witnesses agreed that
simplifying Pell grants and student loans would be beneficial to college access
for incoming and current students.
little attention during the discussion though was the role alternative pathways
in postsecondary education can play in creating opportunities for low-income
and first generation students, including short-term training at less than two-
year institutions and low-cost dual enrollment opportunities for high school
students. Mrs. Del Blazo briefly
discussed her institution’s working adult population, but little information
was provided beyond a brief prior learning program where credits from other
colleges, certificates, or military experience could be transferred. While Dr.
Anderson briefly mentioned an early college high school program that
Fayetteville State operates in partnership with a local high school, it was the
only institution present that discussed offering such a program.
video of the hearing and all witness testimony is available on the committee’s