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State Initiatives

Policy Seminar

POLICY FOR EXPENDING FUNDS FOR COE POLICY SEMINAR

NEOA is committed to providing support to NE member states which send alumni to the annual COE Policy Seminar.  Each year, NEOA will budget at least $3,000 per state to support attendance at the COE Policy Seminar.  Each state may seek reimbursement for actual expenditures after proper paperwork has been submitted.  Expenses exceeding the amount approved by the Board will not be reimbursed.  Any funds not expended will remain part of the general NEOA budget.

Of the total allocated for each state, funding will support the expenses of the state designated team leader(s) with responsibilities for organizing travel to the Policy Seminar and must include expenses for at least one alumni who is not a current TRIO/GearUp/EOP employee.  The team leader assumes a leadership role for the delegation from that state and has numerous responsibilities during the event. In addition, the team leader is responsible for verifying, organizing and submitting a consolidated expense report to the NEOA Treasurer.

As the strength and success of the COE Policy Seminar results largely from the presence and participation of alumni, it is strongly recommended that at least two alumni attend. 

State Booklets

Letters of Support for TRIO and GEAR UP

Letter to Sen. Ayotte from the President & CEO of NHHEAF (PDF)

Letter to Congress from the President of Bristol Community College (PDF)

Letter to Sen. John Kerry from the Chancellor of UMass Boston (PDF)

Letter to Sen. Scott Brown from the Chancellor of UMass Boston (PDF)

Letter to Rep. Stephen Lynch from the Chancellor of UMass Boston (PDF)

Letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy from the Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges system (PDF)

Letter from 40 New England Colleges Requesting Protection of the TRIO and GEAR UP Programs in Debt Ceiling Negotiations (PDF)

Letter from 22 State and Regional Education Organizations Requesting Protection of the TRIO and GEAR UP Programs in Debt Ceiling Negotiations (PDF)

Other Advocacy Materials and Documents