Ken Hoppe Named to National Committee

Crowley's Ridge College President, Ken Hoppe, has been asked by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) to serve on the Committee on Policy Analysis and Public Relations for a three-year term. This Committee identifies current and future issues affecting independent higher education. It suggests priorities and strategies for research, and for public relations activities to enhance public understanding of and support for independent higher education.

Crowley's Ridge College considers it an honor for its president to serve on this national committee which brings national recognition to Crowley's Ridge College and Paragould.

The NAICU serves as the unified national voice of private nonprofit higher education. Since 1976, the association has represented this subset of American colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation, and government regulation. Today, through new communication technologies, an improved governance structure, and increased member participation, NAICU has become an even more effective and respected participant in the national political process as it relates to higher education.

The NAICU staff meets with policymakers, tracks campus trends, conducts research, analyzes higher education issues, publishes information, helps coordinate state-level activities, and advises members of legislative and regulatory developments with potential impact on their institutions.

In addition, NAICU has spearheaded several major public initiatives, such as the University & College Accountability Network (U-CAN), offering prospective students and their families concise and comparable information on private nonprofit colleges and universities; the Student Aid Alliance, an ambitious effort to enhance funding for existing student aid programs; and the nonpartisan National Campus Voter Registration Project that, in every federal election, helps all colleges and universities to conduct both voter education, registration, and participation programs.

With more than 1,000 members nationwide, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States. Members include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, church and faith related institutions, historically black colleges and universities, women's colleges, performing and visual arts institutions, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions. NAICU is committed to celebrating and protecting this diversity of the nation's private colleges and universities.

Mr. Hoppe will meet with this committee for a three-day meeting twice a year, one held in Washington, D.C., and the other held in Miami, Florida.