URI to host public hearing on Higher Education Opportunity Act

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Feinstein Providence campus one of five national sites

WHO: Officials with the U.S. Department of Education

WHAT: Public hearing on proposed changes to the Higher Education

Opportunity Act of 2008. The University of Rhode Island is one of

five colleges to host a hearing. Other hearings will be held at Texas

Christian University (Sept. 19), Pepperdine University (Oct. 2),

Johnson C. Smith University (Oct. 6) and Cuyahoga Community

College (Oct. 15). The U.S. Department of Education also will host a

hearing in Washington, D.C. (Oct. 8).

WHEN: Monday, Sept. 29, 2008, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: URI Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education, Paff

Auditorium, 80 Washington St., Providence.

WHY: Interested parties may suggest issues to be considered for action by

the negotiating committees. Financial aid officers, registrars

, bursars and others on the business side of higher education are

encouraged to attend and express their ideas. The panel will bring

information back to Washington, D.C. Presenters may sign up for

five-minute slots to suggest ideas to the panel. Registration for the

time slots will begin at 8:30 a.m. the day of the hearing at an on-site

registration table. Written comments also will be accepted and can

be sent to heoa08@ed.gov by Oct. 8.

CONTACT: Mary Miller, U.S. Department of Education, at (202) 502-7824 or mary.miller@ed.gov. www.ed.gov/policy/highered/leg/hea08/index.html.

Shane Donaldson, URI Department of Communications & Marketing, at (401) 874-4894, sdonaldson@advance.uri.edu.