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This has been an exciting year of interaction with our colleagues in the Southwest, NASFAA, SASFAA and EASFAA. I was warned that a President's travel is extensive. But I was home virtually all of January through March so the warning was nearly forgotten. Then April hit. Since then I have been active representing our association at conferences with NMASFAA in Taos; OASFAA in Oklahoma City; TG in Austin; the NASFAA Board of Directors meeting in Stevenson, Washington, and the EASFAA Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Although I now understand the warning, it has been a great time for me and the association.
I am very pleased to see the progress our committees have shown this year. Of particular note are the activities related to development of our SWASFAA/SASFAA Mid-Level Workshop, Membership Committee promotion efforts, renewed Electronic Initiatives including the resurrection of this Newsletter, our continued interaction with Congressional delegates through George Torres' Legislative Issues team and Cheryl Lyon's detailed review of our Policies and Procedures Manual. I appreciate all the efforts of our association membership and particularly the energy and creativity demonstrated by our committee chairs.
At the NASFAA Board of Director's meeting I learned current details on the negotiations between the Dept. of ED and the IRS for initiating a data match on key FAFSA information. Much like the end result of switching from Pro-Rata Refunds to the Return of Title IV Aid, I am reminded that we need to be very careful what we wish for. Ideas and detailed information critically need to be shared with Jeff Baker at the Dept. to create a workable data flow.
To that end I encourage you to be a voice. We need to contribute to the discussions on Reauthorization, IRS data match, state funding for higher education and policies on our own campuses. Without our leadership, students may be taken down the wrong path.
Sincerely, Thomas M. Ratliff, M.B.A.