US Dept. of Education Releases Dear Colleague Letter on Student Loan Borrower Protections
In this post, NASPA Policy Analyst, Diana Ali, summarizes a recent Dear Colleague Letter by the United States Department of Education on borrower protections.
The FLSA Final Overtime Rule: A Resource Guide for Student Affairs Professionals
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Final Overtime Rule has substantially increased the salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay among many executive, administrative, and professional employees nationwide. The effect of the Final Rule will be felt by colleges and universities nationwide; many employees will now be eligible for overtime pay unless their salaries are brought in line with the new $47,476 minimum salary threshold or their hours are not confined to 40 hours in a given workweek. These changes, set to take effect December 1, 2016, occur at a time when many institutions face persistent budgetary pressure. Moreover, the Final Rule’s impact on new types of employees not traditionally eligible for overtime pay will create the compliance challenge of tracking irregular work hours or discerning between ‘work’ and ‘nonwork’ activities for many employees. This publication serves as a Resource Guide for campus-level planning within departments and divisions in student affairs.
Landscape Analysis of Emergency Aid Programs
This report provides a comprehensive look at colleges’ use of emergency aid to address a variety of student needs. The publication describes how emergency aid programs are operated, including details regarding primary departments responsible and number of students served. The report also presents 10 components of robust programs; challenges and opportunities for increasing the number of students served; and considerations for colleges that intend to more closely examine the influence of emergency aid on students’ persistence toward a degree. Woven throughout the report are exhibits that describe the delivery of emergency aid among multiple sectors and sizes of institutions, and examples of effective campus practice.
U.S. Supreme Court Upholds UT Affirmative Action Policy as Lawful under Equal Protection Clause
In this post, RPI staff summarize the recent SCOTUS decision to affirm UT-Austin's race-inclusive admissions policy as lawful under the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.
The Culturally Engaging Campus Environments (CECE) Project
Leaders in higher education, government, and industry have all reinforced the importance of increasing the number of college graduates who are prepared to be productive members of the workforce. As a result, institutions of higher education face pressure to enhance learning outcomes and increase graduation rates. However, the students entering college are becoming increasingly diverse, and institutions of higher education are struggling to increase learning and success among diverse populations on their campuses. The Culturally Engaging Campus Environments (CECE) Project offers a new approach to achieving these college completion goals.