New tool breaks down federal policy

NASFAA releases interactive tool for navigating the federal budget process

federal-tool-NASFAAWhat is the purpose of the president’s annual budget request and when can it be expected? What is the role of a Congressional Budget Committee? How does it differ from Appropriations? What is an omnibus spending bill, and when does it come into play? Confused or need more clarification? There’s an easy tool for that.

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) has created a new, interactive Federal Budget Tool to help administrators (and proactive parents and students) ascertain the answers to these questions, and to navigate the process through which the federal student aid programs are funded each year.

“As federal student aid programs and financially needy postsecondary education students face annual budget challenges and attempts to reduce or eliminate spending, a working knowledge of the federal budget process is more important now than at any time in the history of the Higher Education Act,” said NASFAA President Justin Draeger. “NASFAA’s handy online roadmap is intended to guide users through the federal budget process, and help them understand it in a simple and easy to follow way.”…Read More

This 1 resource gives colleges a huge advantage

Resourceful universities are using an HR tool in an innovative way that’s giving them a leg-up in the student recruitment race

HR-PI-students When times get tough, and your wallet is looking a little less plump than usual, that’s when you realize your coffee table makes a great ironing board and your dishwasher makes a nice vegetable steamer. In other words, nothing sparks innovation like having to do more with less.

And as colleges and universities across the country continue to feel the burden of tightening budgets while feeling the pressure to attract and retain great staff, and also ensuring students are successful post-graduation, there’s a relatively old human resources (HR) tool that’s getting more bang for its buck and helping resourceful institutions keep ahead of the game.

It’s called the Predictive Index (PI) and it measures motivating needs and workforce behaviors…it’s also been around since 1955 in one form or another. Designed to help employers comply with their obligations under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures, it can be used for both selection and career development opportunities.…Read More