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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published February 06, 2019


Higher Education

Setting an Agenda for Higher Education Reform

On Monday, February 4, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) spoke at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) to outline an agenda as Congress works to reform higher education. This agenda includes three top goals: simplifying the FAFSA application process to receive financial aid, implementing a two-choice system for how students repay their loans, and creating a new accountability program for higher education institutions.

Congress last reauthorized the Higher Education Act in 2008, more than a decade ago. Previously serving as U.S. Secretary of Education and president of the University of Tennessee, Chairman Alexander has continually championed higher education policy and pledged an aggressive timeline to pass Higher Education Reauthorization this year. Watch the full conversation with Chairman Alexander.


On-Demand Webinar Series: Faculty Policy Think Tank

AACN is now offering the Faculty Policy Think Tank webinar series on demand. The Think Tank was created to make specific recommendations to inform and improve health policy education in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs and to advance the reach and influence of the nursing profession. This four-part webinar series expands on the robust agenda outlined in the final Think Tank's Report and Recommendations and is free to deans, faculty, staff, and students from AACN member schools of nursing. 

Register for the Faculty Policy Think Tank Webinars:


Apply for the NHSC Substance Use Disorder LRP

Application Deadline: February 21
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Workforce Loan Repayment Program (LRP) supports the recruitment and retention of health professionals needed in underserved areas to expand access to SUD treatment and prevent overdose deaths. The program offers up to $75,000 in student loan repayment awards to qualified clinicians, including nurse practitioners and registered nurses, who commit to serve three years at a NHSC-approved site. An online Q&A session will be held February 7 from 2:30-3:30 pm ET. Find more information here

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