Pell Grant Preserved

On June 14th, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2013 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill that sets funding levels for key federal education and training programs starting in October 2012. This important decision preserves funding for the Pell Grant, which protects student’s access to financial aid and increases affordability for low-income students. The bill also allocates funding to improve the delivery of job training and education programs. In the long run, this will help low-income students to earn higher wages and land better jobs. For more information, click here.


Bill Basl named new Director of AmeriCorps

We are thrilled to see that Bill Basl is the new Director of AmeriCorps at the Corporation for National and Community Service. Bill has led the Washington Commission for National and Community Service for 18 years and during his tenure he launched the Washington Service Corps and the first Veteran’s Corps. A VISTA Alum, Bill has been a critical leader in national service in the Pacific NW and we are excited to see what’s next for national service under his amazing leadership!


Promising Practices from AAC&U

Promising Practices for Personal and Social Responsibility: Findings from a National Research Collaborative, a web-based publication from the Core Commitments project, is now available for download. Drawing on meetings of a distinguished group of educational researchers, Promising Practices highlights select national/multi-institutional data and major themes along five dimensions of personal and social responsibility. Importantly, the report also offers a set of evidence-based recommendations for improving campus practice in relation to educating students for personal and social responsibility. Learn more about this publication online.