CSU Vice Chancellor Appointed Vice Chair of Federal Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance
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Bio: CSU Assistant Vice Chancellor Allison Jones
(October 9, 2008) -- California State University Assistant Vice Chancellor Allison Jones was recently elected as vice chair of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance (ACSFA). In June 2007, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings appointed Jones to the federal advisory committee, which serves as an independent source of advice and counsel to the Secretary of Education and Congress on student financial aid policy issues. In July 2008, the secretary reappointed Jones to a three-year term that ends in September 2011.
"Congress has given the Advisory Committee an important agenda that places students first with a particular focus on middle- and low-income students. As Vice Chair, I look forward to playing a role in helping the committee to address the issues of access and affordability for all students," said Assistant Vice Chancellor Allison Jones.
Jones coordinates support to CSU's 23 campuses in the areas of K-12 academic outreach, admission, enrollment management, financial aid, educational opportunity programs, student services, student health, transfer services, disabled student services, and remediation. He has been with the CSU since 1985. Jones has served on numerous educational boards and councils including the Scholarshare Investment Board, the Governors Interagency Coordinating Council on the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems, the P-16 Council and the California ACT Advisory Council.The ACSFA is composed of eleven members appointed by the Secretary of Education, House of Representatives, and U.S. Senate. It was established by Congress with the enactment of the Higher Education Amendments of 1986 and began operation in 1988.
About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 450,000 students year round and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 89,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California.