NASFAA Update from RMASFAA Past President

The final meeting of the 2015-16 NASFAA Board of Directors was held in Washington, D.C., on July 8 and 9. The agenda included the following items (NASFAA members can access the complete minutes from the meeting here).

  • The Compliance Engine, NASFAA’s newest tool for members, was highlighted in conjunction with its rollout at the conference. For more details about this exciting product that is designed to organize, simplify and streamline your compliance efforts while enhancing collaboration and ownership on your campus, click here.
  • Justin Draeger, NASFAA President & CEO, gave a policy update, focusing on Prior Prior Year (PPY) implementation and other recent legislation and activity in the House, Senate and Supreme Court.
  • NASFAA’s first-ever Diversity Officer, Jim Brooks from the University of Oregon, reported on NASFAA’s efforts to enhance and celebrate diversity among our membership and volunteers.
  • The recent research on Federal Work Study conducted by NASFAA and funded by the Gates Foundation was summarized, emphasizing the scope of the work, key findings, recommendations and next steps. If you are interested, the full Executive Summary Report can be accessed here.
  • Jeff Baker presented an update from the Department of Education and led the Board in a question-and-answer session, which included topics such as Prior Prior Year (PPY), Experimental Sites, audits, the federal Perkins Loan Program, and the new Student Aid Enforcement Unit.
  • Updates were provided on the work of the task forces listed below. Several of these groups have produced reports, which will be posted to the NASFAA website
  • Certification
  • 50th Anniversary
  • One Grant/One Loan
  • Graduate Specific Data
  • Webinar Focus Group

Joe Donlay, current RMASFAA President, is now our region’s voting member on the NASFAA Board of Directors. Thank you again for the privilege of representing RMASFAA this past year. The experience has challenged, energized and enriched me. I strongly encourage each of us to continue to look for and take advantage of opportunities to get involved and give back, whether it be at the state, regional or national level (or all three!). I can assure you from my own experience that you will gain far more than you give, both personally and professionally. Best wishes for a smooth and stress-free start to the coming school year on your campus!

Art Young
2015-16 RMASFAA Past President

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