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Private Colleges Serving the Public . . .                                            Fall 2019
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AAICU Distributes $39,000 in CIC/UPS Scholarships to Alabama Private Colleges and Universities

AAICU distributed $39,000 in CIC/UPS Scholarships to assist students at private colleges and universities in Alabama. The scholarships were m ade possible by a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, DC, through the CIC/UPS Educational Endowment.
"We are excited to once again team with UPS to provide financial aid to Alabama students attending Alabama independent colleges. Over 52% of our students receive Pell Grants and without the generous help of corporate partners like UPS, many of these low-income and first generation students could not afford to go to college."
Nationally, CIC provided more than $1.6 million in student scholarships through state-based associations to make private colleges and universities more affordable and accessible to under served students.
Colleges in Alabama that received CIC/UPS Scholarships this year include Amridge University, Birmingham-Southern College, Faulkner University, Huntingdon College, Judson College, Miles College, Oakwood University, Samford University, Spring Hill College, Stillman College, Talladega College, United States Sports Academy, and Tuskegee University.
"Independent colleges and universities in this country are remarkably effective at educating and graduating low-income and first-generation students in less time, with less student debt," said Richard Ekman, president of CIC. "Helping these students afford a private college education is a truly critical need in our society, and it is rewarding to be a partner with the UPS Foundation and the [State Council name] as we help to support deserving students."
The CIC/UPS Scholarship Program has made a private college education possible for more than 20,000 low-income and first generation students and has had a transformative impact on individuals, families, and communities across the country.
"The UPS Foundation is honored to work with CIC to provide scholarships for students at independent colleges and universities," said Eduardo Martinez, president of the UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. "Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community."

E. Joseph Lee II, PhD, named President of Spring Hill College
The Board of Trustees of Spring Hill College is pleased to announce that E. Joseph Lee II, PhD, has been named President of the College after serving one year as Interim President. 
Chairman of the Board of Trustees Jack McKinney said, "The Board believes Dr. Lee has the vision and track record to serve as the next President of Spring Hill College. He embraces our mission, which is the core of the College's Jesuit, Catholic identity. We're confident Dr. Lee will drive Spring Hill toward more successful outcomes for our students, faculty and staff."
Lee's previous Presidential assignments include Pine Manor College in Massachusetts, Saint Joseph's College in Maine and Thomas More College in Kentucky. Lee also held the position of Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management for the University of Maine and was Vice President for Student Services at Merrimack College in Massachusetts. There, he broadened the scope of the student services division to a more comprehensive component of the College. Under his supervision as Vice President of Student Life at Manhattan College in New York, Lee guided Admissions, Residence Life, Health and Career Services, Athletics, Campus Ministry and international student life. His record of achievements in higher education leadership includes successful strategic planning, innovative fundraising and a commitment to faculty and staff engagement.
Lee graduated from Saint Michael's College in Vermont with a degree in French Literature and a Master's degree in Education. He attended the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University before earning his PhD in Higher Education Administration from Boston College. He has an extensive background working with Jesuits and was an active member of the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators for 15 years.
"I am at home when I am on The Hill," said Lee. "The Jesuit ideology has been an influence throughout my life. I am energized knowing I can play a major role in moving our College forward in the ever-changing landscape of higher education."
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who chairs the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, has introduced legislation to reauthorize elements of the Higher Education Act (HEA).
Due to the looming expiration of a vital bill to provide funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) on September 30, Congress has attempted to fast-track legislation to ensure that funding does not lapse in the coming weeks. Rather than allowing existing legislation that would provide a two-year funding extension to pass, Sen. Alexander has instead introduced the Student Aid Improvement Act of 2019, which offers a permanent funding extension to the HBCU and MSI funding stream. 
Sen. Alexander has publicly stated that he views the HBCU and MSI funding extension discussion as a means for the Senate to get the stalled HEA reauthorization negotiations back on track.
In addition to the funding provided for HBCUs and MSIs, Sen. Alexander's bill also includes several additional policy proposals related to the reauthorization of HEA. In general, the Student Aid Improvement Act of 2019 includes:
  • A permanent extension of HBCU and MSI investment funding;
  • A more streamlined FAFSA;
  • The removal of the ban on Pell Grants for incarcerated students;
  • Access to Pell Grants for short-term job training programs, restricted to institutions that keep tuition and fee increases at or under inflation;
  • Increased requirements for financial literacy training for students; and
  • A $20 mandatory increase in the Pell Grant maximum, beyond what Congress funds in the annual budgeting process.
The proposals outlined above will be paid for by eliminating the current cap on monthly payments for certain borrowers enrolled in income-based repayment plans. Notably, Sen. Alexander dropped language that would have established a federal student unit record data system, as originally proposed, although the Senator indicated he may add the proposal to his package later.
Currently, Senate Democrats are not responding positively to Sen. Alexander's proposal, and still seek a comprehensive reauthorization of HEA. It is rumored that House Democrats will be releasing their own version of HEA reauthorization legislation soon.

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United States Sports Academy and Republic of Guinea Sign Agreement for Sport Development in West African Nation
The United States Sports Academy will work with the west African nation of Guinea to help strengthen the national sports effort there after the two signed a Protocol for Cooperation during a recent meeting.
The President of Guinea H.E. Dr. Alpha Condé is leading a delegation to the United States from that country ahead of the upcoming meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, which will open on Tuesday, 17 September 2019 in New York. While visiting the United States, President Condé and his retinue met with United States Sports Academy President Dr. T.J. Rosandich to discuss the various ways the Academy could aid in sports development there. Following the meeting, Guinea Foreign Minister H.E. Mamadi Touré and Rosandich signed a Protocol of Cooperation to aid in sports development in that country.
The Academy, which has worked on sport education and development projects in more than 67 nations, will use its expertise to work with Guinea on a number of enhancements that will help the nation at the national level to develop sports programs that produce opportunities for youth and further boost its economy.
The Academy will assist Guinea in creating a comprehensive approach to the development of a national sport effort that produces high-performance athletes and includes support services for its sport programs. It will also aid in the identification of talent by helping to develop a scientific basis for athlete training and sports medicine, and work to create a national feeder system for sport starting at the youth level to prepare athletes for a high level of competition.
The Academy will also assist Guinea in the implementation of training programs for sport administrators, coaches and program support personnel, and will work with Guinea governmental entities to develop programs of sports related to cultural exchanges including Olympism, sports art, youth activities, and history.
Since its founding nearly a half-century ago, the Academy has leveraged its role and resources as a special mission sports university to make a global impact through quality sport instruction, research and service programs in 67 countries around the world. These contributions have varied in scope from the full-charge conduct of a nation's entire national sport effort to individual coaching clinics, seminars, and symposia. For more about the Academy's international programs, go to .
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