Notes & Coffee: December 12-18

Notes & Coffee compiles everything you need to know for the upcoming week into a single read that is the perfect accompaniment to your favorite morning beverage. With winter already rearing its head where most of us live, a cozy spot, a steaming mug, and Notes & Coffee should be all your Sunday morning needs! Catch up on all the trending student affairs and higher ed news with us for the last time in 2016. Notes & Coffee will resume on January 8. Have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year! 


Burden of proof in the balance - “In 2011, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued a Dear Colleague letter that urged institutions to better investigate and adjudicate cases of campus sexual assault. The letter spelled out how the department interprets Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and for the past five years it has been the guiding document for colleges hoping to avoid a federal civil rights investigation into how they handle complaints of sexual violence.”

Initiative launched to develop aspiring presidents of minority-serving institutions - “In an effort to groom the next generation of college presidents who will preside over minority-serving institutions (MSIs), The Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) at the University of Pennsylvania is launching a new pipeline initiative to develop budding talent. “MSI Aspiring Leaders” is the new initiative. The program will include a forum, one-on-one mentoring, and is designed to bring mid-career aspiring leaders together to engage with leaders in the education, nonprofit and business sector. The program is being supported with more than $745,000 in grants from the ECMC Foundation and the Kresge Foundation.”

Looking for low-income students - “A new effort to enroll low- and moderate-income undergraduates at colleges and universities with high graduation rates is being announced today in an attempt to have more students from modest backgrounds graduate from prestigious campuses seen as opening doors to top careers.”

Don't smile (you're on camera) - “Every classroom is a potentially public space in the internet age. But should it be? The faculty union at Orange Coast College is squaring off against a student who shared a secret recording of a professor’s in-class comments about Donald Trump on social media. The video has attracted national attention -- and criticism.”

Seeking 'culture of integrity' in college sports - “Citing high-profile cases of academic fraud at some of the country's most visible universities, the American Council on Education released a report today urging colleges and universities to better align their athletics departments with their academic mission and to “ensure a culture of integrity.”’

More Notes

Bill aims to improve veterans' career readiness

Educator warns of pitfalls of training to workforce needs

Older college students face completion crisis

Congress faces range of education issues in next session

Workforce capacity and mobile access to courses: higher ed trends to watch in 2017

NASPA Highlights

#BeyondTranscripts - next steps in more fully telling our students’ stories - The Comprehensive Student Record Convening was held recently in Indianapolis to celebrate the successes of the twelve pilot institutions and facilitate critical conversations around next steps to build on existing momentum. The project's sponsors—Lumina FoundationAACRAO, and NASPA—have fueled the exploration of comprehensive student records as a tool to better capture holistic learning across the spectrum of postsecondary education experiences, including traditional residential campus life, commuter, non-traditional, and duel-enrollment student life, and military service.  

My experience as a dungy leadership institute faculty member - “I am grateful for the time I spent with the students and faculty members at DLI. I knew the DLI students would be amazing, because NUFPs are amazing (and yes, I am biased as a NUFP alum). And, I knew from the planning and preparation process that the faculty team was filled with fantastic professionals in the field. Yet, I was still surprised at how quickly bonds were formed.” 

Celebrating Loving Day - The MultiRacial Knowledge Community (MRKC) has been in existence since 2010, stimulating education, developing knowledge and promoting resources and networking related to multiracial and transracial adoptees. The MRKC community consists of NASPA members who identify as mixed race, are part of mixed race families, those who were adopted creating an interracial family, and those who have an interest in any of these areas.