Forum by Dept. of Education on College Affordability Initiative

George Mason University has been selected to host an open forum by the Department of Education on the Obama administration’s college affordability initiative. The forum will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema on George Mason’s Fairfax Campus.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan, as well as other U.S. Department of Education officials, will facilitate the forum. Students, faculty, civic leaders and citizens are encouraged to participate and give their feedback and input on the Department of Education’s plans to develop a college rating system.

This will be one of the first opportunities the public will have to provide feedback on President Obama’s higher education plan, which was announced in August. Mason is one of only four higher education universities in the U.S. hosting this forum. The first one was held at the California State University-Dominguez Hills. The University of Northern Iowa forum will be on Nov. 15, followed by a forum at Louisiana State University on Nov. 21.

Those who wish to present comments at the forum about the administration’s proposals must register three days in advance. Register by email at The department will notify individuals of their time slot. Walk-in registrations will be accepted on-site if time slots are available. See the website for other information.

It is the Department of Education’s policy to make all comments received from members of the public available. Therefore, commenters should be careful to include only information that they wish to make publicly available.

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As posted in Mason News. The original article can be found here.

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