The State of Higher Education feat. Chairman Bobby Scott
2021 has proven to be a year of both continued challenges and new opportunity for our nation’s higher education system. Facing uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic, the 117th Congress has taken multiple steps to lessen COVID-19’s blow on institutions, students, and their families through several historical investments, including the American Rescue Plan and the forthcoming Build Back Better Act that would address the college completion crisis and issues related to access and affordability.
To reflect on all that’s happened this year, and what’s to come in 2022, we were joined by Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee on Wednesday, December 15th for a discussion on the current state of our higher education system. Chairman Scott gave remarks about all of the work that has been done this year to ensure that students and institutions receive the investments that they need to continue to flourish, like closing the 90/10 loophole, expanding Pell Grants, and the College Completion Fund. Following his remarks, Chairman Scott was joined by Lanae Erickson, Senior Vice President of Social Policy and Politics at Third Way, for a conversation that invited both reflection and wishes for the future. Chairman Scott spoke about the challenges COVID-19 has posed to higher ed, his passion in advocating for students defrauded by predatory institutions, and his hopes for the coming year. Chairman Scott made it clear that there is a lot to be grateful for and celebrate, but there is still much to be done to ensure that our higher education system delivers on the opportunity it was designed to provide.