UNI to host U.S. Dept. of Education college affordability and completion forum

The University of Northern Iowa has been selected to host a U.S. Department of Education open forum on the Obama administration's college affordability and completion initiative. The forum will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, in Bengtson Auditorium in Russell Hall on the UNI campus. This event is open to the public. It will also be streamed online at live.uni.edu.Department of Education

Under Secretary of Education Martha Kantor, as well as other U.S. Department of Education officials, will facilitate the forum. Students, faculty, staff and the community are encouraged to participate and give their feedback and input on the Department of Education's plan to develop a college rating system.

"We are honored to be selected to host an event that is so important to the future of higher education," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "The open forum gives the students, faculty and staff of higher education, as well as our communities, an important opportunity to voice their input about policies that will affect students and families around the nation."

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. UNI is one of only four higher education institutions in the U.S. to host this forum.

Those who wish to present comments at the forum must register three days in advance. Register by email at collegefeedback@ed.gov with the subject "Open Forum Registration." The department will notify individuals of their time slot. Walk-in registrations will be accepted on site if time slots are available.

For more information, visit uni.edu/doe-hearing, the forum website or the U.S. Department of Education website at www.ed.gov.