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Bienen Leads Big Ten Delegation at Meeting with Pelosi

April 23, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Northwestern University President Henry S. Bienen and other Big Ten university presidents met Tuesday (April 21) with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Bienen told Pelosi, "We deeply appreciate your dedicated leadership to make college more accessible and affordable, as well as your strong support for research funding. We support your commitment to move funding for the Pell Grant Program from the discretionary to the mandatory side of the budget. The savings realized from converting to Direct Loans is significant, and the proposal, if enacted, will ensure predictability and stability for families and students. "

Pelosi introduced Bienen at the meeting in the Capitol, held to discuss the economic recovery package. "I am very pleased that under the auspices of my good friend, President Henry Bienen of Northwestern, we can welcome the other leaders of our great academic institutions," Pelosi said.

Pelosi told the presidents that their universities might be known as "football powerhouses," but pointed out "they are powerhouses in research and academics as well." Big Ten schools earned more that $3.7 billion in federal research dollars last year and produce 12 percent of the nation's PhDs.

"To support research and make college more affordable, we are very pleased with the work that was done in our economic recovery package," she said. "We invested $15 billion in basic scientific and biomedical research, boosted the maximum Pell Grant to $5,350 this year, and $5,550 next year."

Also attending the meeting was Congressman George Miller of California, chair of the education and labor committee. Pelosi thanked Miller for assisting with a proposal that provides $200 million additional for the college work-study program.
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