by Todd Milovich
we begin a new year full of hope and resolution, anticipating
the many and continuous changes in technology, regulations
and demands on our time, let's take a moment and reflect
on what it really is that we do. As financial aid administrators,
we scramble to keep up on changes in regulations and interpretation
of the regulations. We try our best to meet the demands
of our schools' enrollment objectives. We exist in a data-driven
world that relies on newer, faster, better technology.
We're always in a learning curve, never settled, and,
of course, students demand faster service and more money
to meet tuition costs that are rising at a much higher
rate than increases in funding.
Within these circumstances, it is very hard to remember
that we provide access to education for thousands of students
who otherwise would not be financially able to attend
our institutions. Think of the implications there. It
makes the ever-increasing demands on our time much easier
Technology has brought many changes to our association
as well. With email, satellite conferencing and Internet,
information is available and transmitted faster than we
would like. By the time we gather at our conferences to
share information, we have already shared, understood
and implemented the changes!
As we move into a new year, I would like to propose these
resolutions to all UASFAA members:
- Let's not forget what it is we do (provide access to
- Let's use the association as the wealth of human knowledge
and experience that it is.
- Let's find ways together to meet the many challenges
- Let's not forget the value of community and friendship
as we increasingly work within a world of technology.
- Let's have a great year!