MACRAO Annual Conference 2020

We're getting ready for our virtual Annual Conference! We have plenty of informative sessions planned for you, and best of all, there's no cost for this year's conference, which is taking place online.

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Education platforms of the major presidential candidates

Compiled by the Legislative Issues committee


This information is not the opinion of MACRAO or the Legislative Issues committee. These are prioritized in terms of higher education, with information collected directly from candidate websites, and no other sources. As members of MACRAO our goal is to provide unbiased information that will encourage the reader to conduct further research on political candidates and develop their own opinions and support. In no way is this information meant to persuade members to one particular party/candidate platform. Although there are minor differences between the format of information for the candidate and incumbent, it is in relation to their own individual and party priorities, as well as the nature of their current role within the government. 

Donald Trump: 2020 Presidential Education Platform

Link to the platform online:

  • The Trump Administration implemented the year-round distribution of Pell grants, instead of limiting these grants to the spring and fall semesters.
  • Low-income students will now have access to these funds over summer and winter breaks, so they can earn their degrees faster with fewer loans.
  • The Trump Administration reformed the student loan servicing process to improve customer experience and lower costs.
  • The Trump Administration has reformed The Free Application for Federal Student Aid to make the program more accessible to students.

Joe Biden: 2020 Presidential Education Platform

Link to the platform online:

  • Invest in community colleges and training to improve student success and grow a stronger, more prosperous, and more inclusive middle class.
  • Biden is an advocate for free community college including for DREAMers, adult learners and part time students
  • Under Biden’s plan, individuals making $25,000 or less per year will not owe any payments on their undergraduate federal student loans, those over $25,000 will pay 5% of their discretionary income toward their loans.
  • Plans to target additional financial support to low-income and middle-class individuals by doubling the maximum value of Pell grants, significantly increasing the number of middle-class Americans who can participate in the program
  • Investing in HBCUs, TCUs, and under-resourced MSIs to make these institutions more affordable for their students is another priority for Biden.
  • Creating seamless pathways between high school, job training, community college, and four-year programs to help students get their degrees and credentials faster by investing $50 billion in high-quality training programs.
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A successful virtual Summer Summit 2020!

Congratulations to members of the College Articulation Committee and the Registrars' Practices Committee for a successful virtual Summer Summit!

The sessions were well-attended and we received many positive comments about the accessibility of the sessions in the online format. Plus many of the sessions were recorded and are available on the Summer Summit 2020 page so if you missed them the first time around, you can still "attend" the recorded sessions now.

The Summer Summit also served as a pilot for what the Annual Conference may look like this fall. Since attendance will likely still be restricted due to social distancing requirements and limited travel and professional development budgets at many MACRAO member institutions, the Conference Planning Committee is looking at doing something similar to Summer Summit in November. More details to follow!

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MACRAO's standing committees are where the real energy and innovation happens. Our committees work on professional development opportunities, discuss and develop best practices and other solutions, and create networking opportunities and friendships that provide support when we need it most!

Who is eligible to be on a MACRAO committee? Any current member... institutional, affiliate, individual, or honorary. If your institution is a MACRAO member and you work in the areas of registration, records, admissions, recruitment, or related fields, you're eligible! (If you're not already listed as an institutional member, ask your school's key contact to request that you get added to the membership list.)

Request to join a committee by filling out the online committee membership form. The President-Elect reviews all applications and appoints volunteers to committees, pending final approval by the Board of Directors.

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