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TICUA President Pressnell Appointed to Federal Education Deregulation of Higher Education Task Force

2/11/2014

Nashville, TN - This week, the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) President, Claude Pressnell, will travel to Washington, DC to participate in a Bipartisan Task Force on Government Regulation of Higher Education. The task force was created on the bequest of Senator Lamar Alexander and other members of the Senate Education Committee members, and will be co-chaired by Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos.

The Task Force on Government Regulation of Higher Education will conduct a comprehensive review of federal regulations and reporting requirements affecting colleges and universities and make recommendations to reduce and streamline regulations, while protecting students, institutions, and taxpayers. Fourteen college and university presidents and higher education experts are members of the task force. The American Council on Education will provide organizational assistance. 

Alexander said: “Let’s face it: the federal government has become one of the greatest obstacles to innovation in higher education. The stack of federal regulations on colleges and universities today is not the result of evil doers, it is simply the piling up of well-intentioned laws and regulations without anyone spending an equal amount of time weeding the garden first. This task force will help Congress weed the garden.”

Pressnell is open to the opportunity to help streamline the current federal higher education regulations. “The burden to administer student financial aid programs is high. I’m looking forward to working with the task force to find ways to decrease the regulations, while ensuring that the programs continue to assist students gain access to a quality higher education.”

Pressnell has spent over 25 years in higher education administration and holds a doctorate in higher education administration/educational leadership from Vanderbilt University. In 2003 the United States Senate appointed Pressnell to the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance where he served as Vice Chair from 2007 until his second and final term expired in 2008. In 2007, he testified before Congress on higher education policy issues.  The Committee serves as an independent source of advice and counsel to the United States Congress and the Secretary of Education on student aid issues and higher education policy.  In June of 2011, Pressnell was selected for as Fulbright Senior Specialist to develop the student financing policy for the Government of the Maldives. Pressnell serves on numerous international, national, and state level boards.  He also serves as an international advisor on higher education reform in the Middle East, the Balkan region of Europe and South America and has advised the Iraqi government on institutional accreditation and quality.