Invited Speaker Presentations


Has the Higher Education Act Turned into a Four-Letter Word?

Presenter: Luis Maldonado, Vice President for Government Relations and Policy Analysis American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Has the Higher Education Act turned into a four-letter word? It’s been 12 years and counting since the last reauthorization. What’s up with that? Is DC full of it--well yes--but there’s plenty to talk about on the Higher Education Act Titles II, III, IV, and our favorite V. There are a lot of “ideas” floating around. Is the recent deal on FAFSA simplification it for now on the Higher Education Act or is there still more to come? This entertaining session will answer all those questions that keep you up at night--at least the work-related ones relating to federal HSI policies.

About Luis Maldonado

Luis Maldonado was appointed vice president for government relations and policy analysis at the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AASCU). He aids the president of AASCU in this position by directing and coordinating activities that advance the mission of the association, serving as the direct liaison with government officials, federal agencies and other educational organizations to develop policies and positions that support regional comprehensive state colleges and universities. Mr. Maldonado has more than 25 years of combined experience in government relations and advocacy efforts with various organizations in the Washington, D.C., region. He has worked in advocacy for three non-profit organizations: most recently with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities; in two former positions from 2002-2005 that included serving in a legislative affairs capacity and as chief advocacy officer from 2014-2019; and in senior advocacy positions with the Council on Foundations and the American Diabetes Association.


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About the Conference

The annual AHSIE Best Practices Conference provides practitioners from current and emerging Hispanic Serving Institutions a forum through which they can share ideas, build partnerships, and influence the development of policies designed to increase student success and institutional effectiveness.

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Session Types for Everyone

Session types for this year’s conference include: Featured Topic Institutes; High Impact Practices Presentations; Community of Practice Workshops; Special Topic Sessions with Invited Speakers; and Keynotes.

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