Notes & Coffee: February 12 - 18

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 brew a favorite morning beverage, kick back, relax, and catch yourself up for the week ahead with Notes & Coffee.  

Scramble for aid money in budget deal – “Tucked into last week's U.S. Senate budget deal was $4 billion for student-centered programs that aid ‘college completion and affordability.’ Congressional leaders who struck the deal kept that language vague to avoid another prolonged government shutdown. As result, it's up to House and Senate appropriators to determine the specific uses for that money.”

Winners and losers in work-study plan – “House Republicans’ rewrite of the Higher Education Act was a dud in almost all respects for student aid advocates and higher education associations. But in its proposal for the Federal Work-Study formula, the bill appeared to deliver on calls to make the program’s funding allocation more equitable.” 

Realities of Trump-era NLRB – “In a blow to the graduate student union movement on private campuses, three would-be unions withdraw their petitions from the National Labor Relations Board, saying they'll instead return to seeking voluntary recognition.”

How Russian bots spread fear at universities in the U.S. – “Numerous reports in the last year have documented how Russian bots manipulated social media during the 2016 presidential campaign. A new journal article in Strategic Studies Quarterly reveals that the Russian bots had another target in the fall of 2015: students at the University of Missouri at Columbia.”  

Advising equals engaged students – “It’s a no-brainer that the more advising colleges offer, the more engaged students will be in their education. But a new report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement shows that effective advising may have a larger impact on returning students and thus colleges' persistence and graduation rates.”

The complications of free speech – Stanford, while previously adamant in promoting campus free expression, has struggled after posters on immigration were posted in a dormitory, challenging the consistency of the university’s policies.

More Notes

For college presidents, is 70 the new 50?

Fault Lines on Display

Putting money where his mouth is?

The Chinese student threat?

Sharing courses? Google it

A college in the library