The Council for Opportunity in
SEPTEMBER 30, 2014
Happy “Almost” NEW YEAR
• FY 2015 Year BEGINS tomorrow- October 1st!
The 1965 Higher Education Act
• Current Status
– Senate “Discussion Draft” by the Senate LHHS
Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (IA)
– House Piecemeal Bipartisan Bills
– Advancing Competency Based Education Demonstration
Project Act
– Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act
– Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling
COE Response to HEA
• COE Actions
– Supporting Rep. Guthrie’s (R-KY) “ Empowering
Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling
– Working with Congress to shape legislation on
serving Homeless and Foster Youth in TRIO
Higher Education Act’s 50th
• 2015 will mark 50 years since the Higher
Education Act has been enacted
• Although, final legislative action on HEA will
not happen this year there is a strong
possibility that next year HEA will pass
Congress. Politically, It’s the perfect time to do
• We must remain vigilant
Celebrating the Higher Education Act
• COE will commemorate the anniversary of the
Higher Education Act and Talent Search
Programs in Atlanta, Georgia on September
• The 2015 Conference theme will be:
– Renewing the 1965 American Promise
Our Outlook for HEA 50
• Our goal for the HEA Reauthorization and
2015 celebration will be to demonstrate
innovation and creativity while proving the
enduring relevance of TRIO- Not just our
• How do we do this?
– Working on Appropriations
– Creating and Expanding the Conversation to
include TRIO
Appropriations- TRIO FY 15 Request
– FY15 Appropriations Request
• 10% increase in Student Support Services which will
serve 20,000 more students
• 3% increase for all other programs projected to serve
23,000 more students
• for a total appropriation request of $52 million
dollars (890 million ) in FY15
• projected to serve 43,000 more students
How is it Going?
• Well….
• February 2014- President Requested more than
20 million in new funding for the DOE BUT NO
INCREASE FOR TRIO. Yes…we were level funded
by him again.
• This year however: (HANDS)
– TRIO Programs have received a 100% restoration of
sequestration cuts for the 2014-2015 program year
– Received a projected $8.4 Million increase from the
Senate LHHS Committee and House Democrats
Appropriations Proposals
BUT…(Two Words)
- Continuing Resolution• Before leaving on Recess Congress passed a
temporary Continuing Resolution set to expire
on December 11, 2014.
So…FY15 Appropriations is Uncertain
• Congress will return for a brief lame duck
period post elections on November 4th to
attempt passing a long term appropriations
bill. There are 4 scenarios that can happen:
FY15 Possibilities
– Enact an omnibus appropriations bill that contains all 12 of the
appropriations bills (this what CEF prefers since it provides the
opportunity for at least some modest increase in funding for
some programs)
– Enact an omnibus that contains some, but not all 12 bills, and
extends the CR for the remaining bills (which under this scenario
would likely include Labor-HHS-ED in the CR).
– Extend the CR for the remainder of the year for all 12 bills.
– Extend the CR until early next year. This is could occur if the
Republicans capture the Senate majority in the election. This is
TRIO’s least preferred option. It would extend the uncertainty
over final funding levels until March or so, and more
importantly, creates the distinct possibility that additional
spending cuts could be contained in a final FY 15 package next
FY15 Appropriations Dependent on
2014 Election Outcomes
• We will be moving quickly post-election
season. Regardless of who wins the Senate
TRIO programs must begin and continue to
build relationships with Members from both
sides of the aisle.
– So CAL-odd balls but highly democratic. Make sure
those democrats know who you are.
• Measures of support: TRIO Caucus, FY15
Appropriations Request
The Stakes are High
• Reality Check: Sequestration is not Over
– Budget Control act of 2011
– Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013
• TRIO programs have seen a 14% erosion of
funding due to inflation and sequestration
since FY10
• A version of sequestration could be used to
reduce federal spending
– Rep. Rogers- “Sequestration is unintelligent and
Doing More with Less While Serving
More Students
• Rep. John Kline, Chair of the House Ed and
Workforce Committee, wants to expand
Special Ed Education
• Rep. Paul Ryan- Consolidate everything
• Senate Republicans want to do more with less
• Will be interesting to see the outcome of the
elections and if Republicans win how they
deal with this complex
Nothing is set in stone…
• There are many scenarios that can happen in
FY15 and future fiscal years
• We must push the envelope, pressure
Republicans to figure themselves out and create a
situation that benefits TRIO
– How?
• By putting your program out there, continuing to find
innovative and creative ways to reach out to members,
utilizing our services, changing and adapting to how we
communicate today to communicate what you and your
programs and your students are doing for tomorrow
Department of Education Update
• SSS Grant Competition
– SSS Proposal Writing Workshops
• Three PRW were conducted in Chicago, San Diego and
• At the final DC workshop Maureen and Jeli stated
– COE is trying to get ED to address the disparity of cost per
student within SSS
– Maureen and Jeli addressed a draft of the SSS proposal since
the draft was not available by the September 10th date
– Jeli recommended that you only read the Draft Application
part 1 and part 2 and skip the Ed powerpoint.
About “THE” Draft
– The SSS draft for comment was released yesterday in the
Federal Register. Draft and supporting materials can be found at:
• Comments are due on October 29
– There was discussion about when the proposal would be due.
Considering the draft has just been released COE projects that
the due date will be early-mid December and NOT early January.
– Ed will conduct 9 more work technical workshops
– . Technical workshop dates have not been announced but due to
the release of the final SSS proposal draft dates will be coming
– COE will host 4 additional workshops for institutional members
on: Competitive and Invitational Priorities, Evaluation and
– The SSS APR will be due by the end of the yearmost likely November
– APRs for specific programs should be on time this
year. More information on APR deadlines should
be available in the coming weeks
REC 1: GEAR UP-National Trends
– Last week, the DOE announced $82 Million in Awards
to 41 new GEAR Up Grants. This is a great opportunity
to take a look at what the administration approved for
• using code words that the administration wants to hear
– Investing, innovation outcome, increase postsecondary success,
creating a culture to help people achieve
• You are not writing solely for the DOE. You are writing to the
Obama Administration
– Important to maintain keep in touch with the national
conversation on college access and success
Priorities and Technical Errors
– Invitational Priorities are optional but often times
they are what makes the difference- they show
considerable effort on your part, you are showing
them you want to go the extra mile for your
– Have time to check for technical errors
• Follow the instructions for margins, cover letters, page
limits to the tea
– Please remember to submit your proposal…
TS/EOC Grant Competition
• Be Proactive, aware of National Trends
• Both programs can ride the HEA wave
Moral of the Story…
Hustling 101
• Advocacy= Grants
• We remain relevant by capitalizing on current
events( elections, My Brothers Keeper, Reach
Higher ect..) trending topics of interest
– Become part of the conversation
– Join local, state, regional and national chapters to
establish yourself as college and success
COE is Here to Work for YOU
• Use us and Abuse Us
• We are good at:
– Appropriations
– Communications Campaign
– And foremost representing you and your students!
(NM Story) (RI Story)
Luck is When Opportunity Meets
TRIO Nation
We are not only a SOCAL
Community, CA State, WESTOP
Region – we are TRIO Nation!!!
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