Colleges Worry Legislation to Reduce Foreign Influence Would Hurt International Recruitment

By The New England Council

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Hearings & Markups of Interest

The U.S. House House Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the National Institutes of Health on Tuesday, May 25 at 10 a.m.

The Senate Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the National Institutes of Health on Wednesday, May 26 at 10 a.m.

New Reporting Requirements Become Concern in Senate Legislation. The Endless Frontiers Act was renamed and passed by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee by a vote of 24 to 4. The legislation, the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (S. 1260), was then brought up for consideration in the full Senate and is now under debate in that chamber. Provisions to strengthen colleges’ reporting mandates are incorporated in the legislation that would amend the Higher Education Act. Under the provisions, institutions would need to disclose any foreign donation or contract of $50,000 or more in a year, down from a threshold of $250,000, Higher Ed Dive reports. The American Council on Education wrote in a letter to Senate leaders last week objecting to the provision. Colleges are concerned the bill’s goal to reduce foreign influence will hurt their ability to attract international students.

Ed Dept to Hold Hearing in Title IX. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights announced a virtual public hearing to gather information for improving enforcement of Title IX. The hearing will be held from June 7 to June 11. On March 8, President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing the Education Department to review Title IX rules for potential changes. The hearing is part of the Office for Civil Rights’ comprehensive review of the department’s existing regulations and other actions related to Title IX, to implement the executive order. The hearing will give the department feedback it can use to propose a new rule.

We publish the DC Shuttle each week Congress is in session featuring higher ed news from Washington collected by the New England Council, of which NEBHE is a member. This edition is drawn from the Higher Education Update in the Council’s Weekly Washington Report of May 24, 2021. For more information, please visit:


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