Notes & Coffee: June 25 - July 1

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. 

The impact of Justice Kennedy – “The news Wednesday that Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was stepping down from the Supreme Court could have a major impact on future rulings on the constitutionality of colleges' consideration of race in admissions.”

Supreme Court upholds Trump’s travel ban – “In case closely watched by higher education, justices find that Trump was within his authority in restricting entry to the U.S. for nationals from a group of mostly Muslim-majority countries.”

Senate jump-starts process for new career-education law – “Bipartisan agreement to reauthorize Perkins Career and Technical Education law would give more authority to states to determine progress of federal skills training program.”

First-generation college students more engaged than peers – “New survey data challenge perceptions about first-generation college students, showing strong academic engagement and commitment to college. But the group lagged behind their peers in social comfort and resiliency."

From community college to a selective university – “According to the Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program, each year more than 50,000 community college students are prepared to do well at a four-year university but fail to transfer. And 15,000 of those students have earned at least a 3.7 GPA and could transfer to selective universities.”

A more nuanced view of law on campus speech – “At college lawyers' meeting, a legal expert (and former president) offers reminder that U.S. law on free speech isn't black-and-white.” 

More Notes:

Supreme Court rules against public sector unions

College students are forming mental-health clubs — and they’re making a difference

Class sizes matter

Survey on campus supports for student veterans

A “retro” Title IX lawsuit