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  • 2016 Party Platforms: Republican vs. Democrats

    July 20, 2016

    The Republican party and Democratic party have officially released their platforms for 2016, below are excerpts from both original documents that directly concern our students and the FIU community. To view the documents in their entirety follow the links included in each section.

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  • President releases 2017 budget proposal

    February 15, 2016

    On Feb. 9, President Obama unveiled his eighth and final budget proposal. The $4 trillion-plus blueprint contains a mix of new and recycled proposals on everything from curing cancer to taxing oil transactions.

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  • President releases 2017 budget proposal

    February 15, 2016

    On Feb. 9, President Obama unveiled his eighth and final budget proposal. The $4 trillion-plus blueprint contains a mix of new and recycled proposals on everything from curing cancer to taxing oil transactions.

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  • 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Summary

    January 6, 2016

    After days of intense negotiations in Congress, President Obama signed into law the Fiscal Year 2016 omnibus appropriations bill, also known as the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016.” The $1.1 trillion spending bill funds the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year. 

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  • Key STEM education provisions in Every Student Succeeds Act

    October 10, 2015

    On Dec. 10, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law. This bill reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which was last reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002. On Dec. 9, the Senate voted 85-12 to approve the legislation, mirroring the vote of 359 to 64 in the U.S. House of Representatives just days earlier. Both Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly support the agreement. Passage will allow the education committees to turn their attention to rewriting the Higher Education Act in the coming year. 

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  • FIU Dean Mike Heithaus testifies before House Agriculture Committee

    September 30, 2015

    Testimony of Dr. Michael Heithaus
    RESEARCH INNOVATIONS FROM OUR NATION’S AGRICULTURAL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
    Before the House Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research

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  • Capitol Hill Discussion on Campus Sexual Assault

    September 23, 2015

    The House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing entitled “Preventing and Responding to Sexual Assault on College Campuses.” The hearing was hosted by the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training. Among the main topics addressed in the hearing were the need for transparent expectations for investigations, sexual assault prevention techniques before and during college, and the balance between criminal prosecutions and respect for the victim’s desires.

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  • Congress discuss the SOLVABLE global water Issue

    September 21, 2015

    The Foreign Affairs Committee held a joint hearing on September 9, 2015 entitled “The Role of Water in Avoiding Conflict and Building Prosperity.” The hearing was hosted by the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations and the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats. The conversation mostly focused on water issues as they pertain to the regions of Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Those regions also happen to be the areas of concentration of FIU’s Global Water for Sustainability Program (GLOWS), which focuses on providing water management services to people and ecosystems, including integrated water management policies, water supply, sanitation, and hygiene improvements, and research and education programs in the water sector.

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  • POTUS visits the National Hurricane Center, FIU highlights field related work

    May 28, 2015

    FIU is excited to learn of President Obama’s visit to the National Hurricane Center on FIU’s campus this week! While the President of the United States Barack Obama visits the Hurricane Center we thought we would share with you some of FIU’s work on Hurricane, disaster-related, and climate change research.

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  • FIU stands with coalition against current COMPETES Act draft

    May 20, 2015

    With a current draft for the America COMPETES Act reauthorization up for vote soon, FIU has taken the lead along with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), comprised of 238 institutions and have found issue with the following:

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  • Obama's Executive Action on Immigration

    November 21, 2014

    President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

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  • Pre Thanksgiving D.C. Dispatch: Higher Education Affordability Act

    November 20, 2014

    Today, Senator Tom Harkin (IA) released a revised Higher Ed Act bill: 

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  • White House Commitments for College Opportunity, K-16 Partnerships, and STEM Education

    November 11, 2014

    Earlier this month, FIU and partners announced three distinct—yet each very exciting—commitments that are being made in advance of the White House College Opportunity Summit this December.    

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  • Wall of Wind Comes to D.C.

    July 1, 2014

    BLDSTRONG

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  • FIU Alumnus selected as Vanguard

    April 23, 2014

    FIU Alumnus selected as Vanguard

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  • Florida International University Sea Level Rise (SLR) Experts

    April 22, 2014

    Senator Nelson held a hearing “Leading the Way: Adapting to South Florida’s Changing Coastline” on April 22, 2014 addressing impacts the of climate change and the effects it will have on tourism, insurance agencies, and the environment of South Florida.

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  • New statistics from the Congressional Budget Office regarding the Pell Grant Cliff

    April 16, 2014

    Pell

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  • President Obama FY15 Budget Briefing Update

    March 6, 2014

    FY15 Budget Briefing Notes
    As President Obama rolled out his proposed budget for the year, we attended the Department of Education and the Office of Management and Budget briefings this week. Although there is a long road ahead, here is a sampling of areas of interest for FIU in the budget looks like for FY15. This will be updated as we learn of more information.
    Education
    Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan stated that there has been growth in African American and Latino High School student graduation rates.  More minority students are attending college through Pell Grants – the numbers of minority students receiving Pell grant increased from 6 million students in 2008 to 8.9 million students in 2013.

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  • Minority-Serving Institutions "Do More With Less" To Serve Their Students Well

    March 3, 2014

    From the Institute of Higher Education Policy:

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  • FY16 PRESIDENT’S BUDGET REQUEST HIGHLIGHTS: HIGHER EDUCATION, FINANCIAL AID, STEM-ED, RESEARCH, TAXES

    February 4, 2014

    FY16 PRESIDENT’S BUDGET REQUEST HIGHLIGHTS:

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  • Making Higher Education Affordable; Discussions happening on the Hill

    January 31, 2014

    There were two events this week on the Hill regarding higher education affordability.  

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  • Omnibus Appropriations Bill has been released and a new Pell Grant Maximum

    January 14, 2014

    Recent news regarding the 2014 Appropriations Bill, Pell Grant rates, and financial aid from our partners at Cavarocchi Ruscio Denis Associates who represent the State University System of Florida:  

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  • Members of the academic community and the private sector joined to discuss the impact of sequestration on the American workforce

    December 3, 2013

    Today, members of the academic and private community gathered in Washington DC to discuss a new report that sets forth projections for the economic impact of sequestration in FY 2014. They also shared insight into their particular experiences with sequestration. 

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  • Week's Recap: The Government May Have Shut down, but This Was No Sleeper Week for FIU

    October 4, 2013

    Although the federal government may have been shutdown, this was not a sleeper week for FIU advocates in Washington. 

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  • STEM Education, Veteran Benefits, Public Health, and Immigration in the Forefront of the Closing Week

    September 13, 2013

    As Congress was returning to work this week after its summer recess, the FIU DC team was active advancing its STEM education, veterans benefits, and immigration reform priorities; as well as taking time to celebrate FIU's diplomatic reach in Latin America.

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  • House Representatives Urge Congress to Take on Immigration Reform

    September 12, 2013

    Today Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) held a press conference with some of its Congressional Board members to urge congress to take on the issue of immigration reform. There are many questions regarding the likelihood of the House discussing immigration legislation in the midst of debates over a Continuing Resolution and the looming debt ceiling negotiations.

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  • White House Champions of Change: Prevention and Public Health

    September 10, 2013

    Team FIU in DC was present today as the White House honored eight leaders helping communities focus on prevention and public health by tackling everything from childhood obesity, reducing health disparities, fighting healthcare acquired infections, and taking various innovative steps to move us towards a healthier.  The eight finalists who were honored were selected from a pool of over 900 candidates from around the country. Honorees included Myriam Escobar of USF’S Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and others.

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  • President Obama Outlines Plan to Make College More Affordable

    August 22, 2013

    Today President Obama gave a speech before an audience at the University of Buffalo in New York, to outline his three part plan to make a college education more affordable. The president also discussed the need to prepare today's college graduates for jobs in competitive markets, particularly those in high tech industries.  

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  • DC Panther Spotlight: Eric Trujillo

    July 12, 2013

    As the summer continues to roll on, we are witnessing the incredible impact that our DC Panther Interns are having across our nation's capitol and in particular, those working in federal government agencies. The federal government is a critical partner in fulfilling the priorities that FIU in DC has set. From the continued operation of the Aquarius Reef Base, to advocated for increased funding for Pell Grants, federal agencies and FIU have been working together to advocate for the betterment of our students.

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  • Business Higher Education Forum hosts STEM Summit on Meeting National Goals

    June 19, 2013

    Our team was able to attend last week's Business Higher Education Forum Summit on the President's STEM Education Plan, which included the release of an exciting report funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR). 

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  • Statement of Dr. Michael Heithaus Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences Before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation — Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard Subcommittee Hearing

    June 13, 2013

    Statement of

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  • A Story of Sacrifice, Hard Work, and Hope: FIU and its DC Panther Interns

    June 6, 2013

    ​As the summer kicks into full gear, we here at the Federal Relations office have the privilege of getting to know some of the best students that FIU has to offer as they arrive in Washington to start their Federal internships.  Last week, one visit was of particular significance as it portrayed the important role we play for FIU and also three critical issues being debated this week: namely Financial Aid, STEM Education, and Immigration Reform.

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  • APLU Update on the Student-Loan Debate in Washington

    May 31, 2013

    From our Partners at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU):

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  • Student Loan Interest Rate Increase Clock Ticking

    May 24, 2013

    Preventing student loan rates from rising; faculty leading expert panels on the Hill; and stellar interns making their way to the Nation’s capital: all in a day’s work for FIU in DC.

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  • STEM Education meets Immigration Reform

    April 18, 2013

    Thanks in part to the support of Congressional leadership, our advocacy visits this week with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) seem to have helped produce in the proposal a new competitive grant program for STEM Capacity Building at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) using 12% of the revenues from a 500$ fee applied to the H1B visa fees.  Also included are scholarships for Low-Income STEM students (60%), Matching grants for K-12 public-private partnerships (15%); and STEM workforce efforts through the Department of Labor (10%). 

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  • Immigration, from a Higher Education Lens.

    March 8, 2013

    Our FIU Partners: Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), Association of American Universities (AAU), American Council on Education (ACE), American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), and NAFSA: Association of International Educators have come together to put together a view on Immigration from the Higher Education point of view.

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  • FIU Scorecard.

    March 1, 2013

    U.S. Department of Education

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  • FIU Attends 100K Foundation Launch, Increases Bond With China

    January 25, 2013

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  • Fiscal cliff averted, now what?

    January 2, 2013

    A New Years to remember here in the nation's capital.  Here is a quick snapshot pieced together from various sources of the impact to higher education as a result of last night's vote on H.R. 8, the agreement reached between Congress and the White House on averting the "Fiscal Cliff" and immediate sequestration, albeit temporarily. 

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  • President Mark B. Rosenberg PCAST Presentation Transcript

    December 3, 2012

    On November 30, 2012, President Mark B. Rosenberg made a presentation to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) on STEM education, highlighting FIU's successes in educating STEM graduates, particularly underrepresented minorities. Below is a transcript of President Rosenberg's presentation. 

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  • Potential Impact of Sequestration on Students at FIU

    November 30, 2012

     

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  • The Fiscal Cliff and the Next Recession?

    November 9, 2012

    With the elections over and Congress returning for its lame duck session next week, the so called “fiscal cliff” is now topic number one in Washington. This afternoon President Obama will deliver a national address about it and various groups of Senators and Congressman are meeting behind the scenes to explore legislative solutions while non-profit budget groups are offering suggested policy options.

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  • Governmental Relations update: What’s next for education?

    November 7, 2012

    Now that the presidential election has concluded and Congress will be heading back for its "lame-duck" session beginning next week, Diverse Issues in Higher Education details key higher education issues at stake in the coming weeks and next term in the article, "Decision 2012: What's Next for Education?"

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  • Final Decision on Student Loan Rates, Pell Grants still pending

    October 23, 2012

    Late this week the stalemate in the US Senate over Student Loan Rates seem to have broken although the Federal Relations team continues to advocate for a permanent decision on this and the other major source of financial aid for FIU students: Pell Grants.

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  • DC Panther Interns Unite, as FIU Helps Immigration Reform Advance Through the Senate

    October 23, 2012

    A highlight every year for the Federal Relations team here in Washington, DC is the influx of student interns that arrive in the Capital to gain real world experience and serve as FIU ambassadors throughout federal agencies and Capitol Hill.   This week President Rosenberg visited Washington to meet with the 16 interns serving in 14 different federal agencies and organizations.  

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  • Loan Rate Increase and STEM Education on Center Stage in DC

    October 23, 2012

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  • White House Investment in Student Aid

    October 23, 2012

     

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  • President releases 2017 budget proposal

    October 23, 2012

    On Feb. 9, President Obama unveiled his eighth and final budget proposal. The $4 trillion-plus blueprint contains a mix of new and recycled proposals on everything from curing cancer to taxing oil transactions.

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