Giving Compass' Take:

• Natalie Schwartz, writing for Education Dive, discusses three higher education issues focusing on the Higher Education Act reauthorization, the implications of deregulation and the rise of free college.

• Which issue would resonate with education donors the most?

• Read about these higher education trends to watch for in 2019. 


A new session of Congress is underway, and already its members are wrestling with the same issues that drove debate during the recent midterm elections. Long-serving lawmakers and fresh faces alike will continue to address topics including Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization, the implications of deregulation and the rise of free college programs.

This week, government and industry leaders convened at a meeting with journalists in Washington to discuss how a newly divided Congress is expected to shape higher education policy in the coming months.

Here's what the industry can expect in 2019:

  • Hope for the Higher Education Act: The 2018 midterm elections brought talk of possible HEA reauthorization, which is now years overdue. While some have been optimistic about a rewrite passing, others have raised doubts the debate could survive a divided Congress.
  • Deregulatory efforts take center stage: Earlier this month, the department released a draft proposal for new rules that would loosen oversight around accreditation, drop the definition of the credit hour and ease requirements for student-instructor interaction.
  • Free college gains traction: Free college made the campaign agenda of several Democratic candidates in the 2018 midterms, and it could continue into the 2020 presidential race and beyond.

Read the full article about higher education issues by Natalie Schwartz at Education Dive