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SHEEO staff monitor developments in federal issues and bring to the attention of the membership those issues and proposals that directly affect SHEEO agencies so that individual members may express their views.

Letter from Secretary Ochoa - "Changes Made To The Title IV Student Aid Programs By The Recently Enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012"
The letter describes it's purpose as "To provide institutions and Federal Family Education Loan (FEEL) program participants with information on changes made to the Title IV student assistance programs by Section 309 of the Department of Education Appropriations Act, 2012 (Title III of Division F of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 - Public Law 112-74).
VIEW SECRETARY OCHOA'S LETTER, MARCH 2012 (PDF)

SHEEO Comments on the Obama Administration’s Blueprint for ESEA Reauthorization
Letter to the Honorable George Miller, Chairman, and the Honorable John Kline, Senior Republican Member of the Committee on Education and Labor in the U.S. House of Representatives, concerning the ESEA Reauthorization. The letter focuses on three issues: a) the Common Core Standards for College and Career Readiness developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association; b) the education and professional development of teachers and school leaders; and c) the need for continuing the development of longitudinal data systems to inform and inspire educational progress.
VIEW SHEEO’S LETTER, MARCH 2010 (PDF)

SHEEO statement of Guiding Principles and Recommendations to Strengthen Teacher and Leader Preparation through the ESEA Reauthorization. The statement provides recommendations based on three guiding principles: a) building the capacity of all partners – K12, postsecondary, and state agencies; b) promoting synergy, communication, and alignment across program strands; and c) recognizing and promoting effective practices.
VIEW SHEEO’S STATEMENT, MARCH 2010 (PDF)

SHEEO's Open Letter to the Presidential Candidates
The Open Letter from current and former SHEEO members to the U.S. Presidential candidates makes the case for Presidential commitment and elaborates specific recommended actions.
VIEW OPEN LETTER PRINTED in Change Magazine
View the Executive Summary to the open letter

The National Agenda for Postsecondary Education and the Higher Education Act

Because our prosperity, our democracy, and the quality of life in succeeding generations depends on it, the nation is expecting postsecondary education to generate:
• More opportunities for students to participate in postsecondary education;
• Widespread, affordable access to high quality programs;
• Higher levels of student learning;
• More students who complete degrees and certificates;
• More capable teachers;
and
• More high quality research.

The federal Higher Education Act, which will be reauthorized in the coming year, provides an excellent opportunity for both the states and the federal government to consider and take the actions required to achieve these national goals. The State Higher Education Executive Officers have prepared this statement of premises and priorities to articulate their commitment to advancing the national agenda.
VIEW SHEEO'S STATEMENT, JUL 2002 (PDF

Letter to the Honorable Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman, and the Honorable Michael B. Enzi, Ranking Member of the Education & Labor Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives
VIEW SHEEO'S LETTER, OCT 2007 (PDF)

Letter to the Honorable George Miller, Chairman, and the Honorable Howard “Buck” McKeon, Ranking Member of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in the U.S. Senate
VIEW SHEEO'S LETTER, OCT 2007 (PDF)

A letter to Chairman George Miller that was sent along with the revised SHEEO statement from 2002.
VIEW SHEEO'S LETTER, JUL 2007 (PDF)
VIEW SHEEO'S STATEMENT, SEP 2002 (PDF)

The Department of Education is sponsoring a series of hearings in response to the Spellings' Commission report and the Higher Education Reauthorization Act.
VIEW SHEEO'S TESTIMONY, NOV 2006 (PDF)

A letter from SHEEO leaders to Committee chairs and ranking minority members in both the House and Senate focuses attention on two priorities in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, improving postsecondary education data systems and increasing financial assistance to low and moderate-income students.

After considerable deliberation, members of the State Higher Education Executive Officers have concluded these two issues, among the many involved in the Higher Education Act, have the greatest importance in increasing the educational attainment of the American people: The need for better data to monitor and improve performance in higher education and the critical importance of student financial assistance.
VIEW SHEEO'S LETTER, OCT 2005 (PDF)

Members of the SHEEO's Executive Committee, Federal Relations committee and staff developed this SHEEO position on the Higher Education Act in response to a request from Senators Gregg and Kennedy, Chair and ranking minority member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
VIEW SHEEO'S LETTER, MAY 2003 (PDF)

For more information on the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965, see the U.S. Department of
Education's website.

Statement on Roles and Responsibilities in Student Learning and Accreditation:
Views from the SHEEOs

This brief statement outlines SHEEO views of the roles of accreditation, the assessment of college learning, and the transfer of credits across institutions--issues prominent in the current federal negotiations on accreditation rules and of significant concern to states and SHEEO members. 
VIEW SHEEO'S STATEMENT (PDF)

Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education:
A Test of Leadership-Charting the Future of U.S. Higher Education


In September 2005, a 19-member Commission on the Future of Higher Education was charged with examining vital issues central to a quality higher education. Their final report, A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of U.S. Higher Education, offers a series of recommendations designed to improve the accessibility, affordability and accountability of higher education.
VIEW THE FINAL REPORT - "A TEST OF LEADERSHIP"
VIEW SHEEO'S RESPONSE
VIEW MORE INFORMATION ON THE COMMISSION