Notes & Coffee: April 30 - May 6

Notes & Coffee is here to keep you informed of all the trending student affairs and higher ed news stories most critical to our field as they develop. In the age of information overload, we’re here to bring you vetted examinations of the stories that matter to our field. We invite you to start your week with Notes & Coffee.      

Eligible for aid, but not getting it – "Low-income students in California are missing out on millions of dollars of federal aid they're eligible to receive, according to a new research brief. The state's community college students missed out on nearly $130 million in federal Pell Grant funds in a single semester, according to research from the Wheelhouse Center for Community College Leadership and Research at the University of California, Davis, School of Education."

Decreasing defaults in Indiana – “Officials at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana revamped their approach to helping students understand the intricacies and consequences of taking out loans and have seen the system's three-year cohort default rates decrease to 18 percent. In 2014, the system had a 22 percent default rate, according to federal data.” 

Tidewater layoffs reflect national problem – “Tidewater Community College's third round of layoffs this month came without warning but probably didn't surprise many of the college's employees. Tidewater, which is located in Virginia, has struggled with enrollment in recent years, dropping from roughly 48,000 students in 2011 to 34,000 students in 2016.” 

Should athletes be paid for name and image? – “A National Collegiate Athletic Association special commission on reforming college basketball recently ducked the issue of athletes being paid for their name, image or likeness -- currently banned under the association's rules.” 

Big cuts, big completion gains – “The recession hit the University of Rhode Island hard. The public flagship quickly lost $26 million -- or more than 30 percent of its state support, which remains smaller than it was a decade ago. Yet the painful budget cuts have had a silver lining at the university, where the need to be more efficient contributed to substantial improvements in student retention and graduation rates.”

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