In August 2013, President Barack Obama announced the Administration’s plans and proposals for combating rising college costs and making college affordable for American families. The President’s plan included three parts: paying for performance; promoting innovation and competition; and ensuring that student debt remains affordable.
As part of an effort to gather public input about these proposals, and in particular the development of a college ratings system, the Department of Education will be hosting open forums around the country. These open forums are designed to offer the opportunity for members of the public to provide feedback and input on the Department’s plans and proposals, and to hear the input of others.
Today, the Department is pleased to announce that the first of these forums will take place on Wednesday, November 6th, at The California State University-Dominguez Hills in Carson, CA. The forum will be held in the Loker Student Union, Ballroom C from 9am-3pm PST.
The open forum is free and open to the public. Individuals desiring to present comments or feedback at an open forum must register by sending an e-mail to email@example.com with the subject “Open Forum Registration.” Each participant will be limited to five minutes for comments. The Department will notify registrants of the location and time slot reserved for them. An individual may make only one presentation at the open forums. Walk-in registrations will also be accepted for any remaining time slots on a first-come, first-served basis at the Department’s on-site registration table.
For those unable to attend the forum in person, testimony may also be submitted online, by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, room 7E313, Washington, DC 20202-0001.
If you wish to testify and use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339 for more information.
If you have difficulty understanding English you may request language assistance services for Department information that is available to the public. These language assistance services are available free of charge. If you need more information about interpretation or translation services, please call 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (TTY: 1-800-437-0833), or email us at: Ed.Language.Assistance@ed.gov.
Transcripts from the open forums will be made available on the www.ed.gov Web site for public viewing.
The remaining open forums will be announced soon. Please continue to check the Department of Education’s College Affordability and Completion website, www.ed.gov/college-affordability for updates. Additional information about the President’s plan can be found here.