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Rep. Carson Re-Launches Higher Education Caucus

Jul 20, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, Congressman André Carson announced the re-launch of the Higher Education Caucus in the 115th Congress. Carson founded the Higher Education Caucus in 2012, as a bipartisan forum for Congress to better address the challenges facing our higher education system.

“Today, students, colleges, and universities face new challenges and opportunities,” said Congressman Carson. “While Members of Congress often discuss these issues, I am hopeful that the Higher Education Caucus will continue to foster bipartisan, open, and honest conversations about potential solutions.”

Congressman Carson has long been a leader on higher education issues. In recent years, he has focused on college affordability and accessibility; ensuring students have the tools to make informed choices and are ready to compete in today’s global economy. In addition to leading the Higher Education Caucus, Congressman Carson has introduced the Students Helping Young Students Act, which would allow college students to receive federal work study credits by engaging in our communities through afterschool programs, and the Higher Education and Employment Transparency Act, which would help give students and families increased access to information to help make informed decisions about their futures.

“I applaud Congressman Carson’s leadership in advancing higher education as a priority for this Congress and am hopeful that the Higher Education Caucus will provide a forum for examination of issues of critical importance such as student success and affordability,” said IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar. “Our students and our nation can greatly benefit from this bipartisan effort,” Paydar said.

The Higher Education Caucus, which must be re-launched with each session of Congress, is an informal group of members dedicated to issues related to improving higher education and educating other members on the subject. With Congress considering the potential reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, this bipartisan effort remains more critical than ever.