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Recognizing it as a step forward in addressing the student debt crisis, AAC&U endorsed a bipartisan bill intended to help borrowers understand the financial commitment of taking out student loans by requiring the full disclosure of the loan terms as well as the financial risks associated with not finishing their education.
AAC&U and 21 other organizations have signed a PEN America statement responding to reports that the federal government has advised US universities to develop protocols for monitoring students and scholars from Chinese state-affiliated research institutions. The statement raises concerns related to academic freedom, institutional independence, the principle of due process, and the privacy rights of students and faculty.
On August 23, AAC&U local partner Historic Sotterley will honor the memories of those who perished and those who survived the trans-Atlantic slave trade at a UNESCO Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition event. This will be followed on September 5–7 by Building Bridges to Common Ground: Resilience, Remembrance, Honor and Equity, a multi-day event supported by Maryland Humanities.
On Tuesday, August 20, President Lynn Pasquerella will participate in an EdSurge Live webinar on "Explaining the Value of the Liberal Arts" (1pm PST/4pm EST). Registration is free. EdSurge is an independent news and research company that explores how technology can support equitable opportunities for all learners.
AAC&U joined ACE and 32 other higher education groups in sending a letter to Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Alfred Lawson Jr. in support of the College Student Hunger Act to expand SNAP eligibility to students who qualify for Pell Grants and those with an expected family contribution of $0.