SA Weekly: August 20

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Federal Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Campus Carry Law “A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected a challenge by three professors to the 2015 campus carry law in Texas, which permits those who hold permits to carry concealed weapons to have their guns present on public college and university campuses, including in classrooms.”

The Future of For-Profit Colleges “On Friday, DeVos’ administration moved to eliminate a rule that required for-profit college to demonstrate that enrolled students can be gainfully employed.

Optimism for Student Voter Turnout Some lawmakers are making it more difficult for students to vote, but advocacy groups and colleges are pressing ahead with registration campaigns.”

No “Snowflakes” at Florida State “As Florida State University rolls out a massive new campaign designed to help students weather stress and cope with childhood traumas, Jim Clark, the dean of the College of Social Work, fears that the public might buy in to a damaging but common stereotype of college students: that they are fragile “snowflakes” in need of coddling.”

Having Their Backs Once They Return “The National Collegiate Athletic Association has made a new promise to Division I basketball players: under certain conditions, if a player leaves and returns to the same university, the institution must pay for the player's degree and other expenses.” 

Omarosa on DeVos and HBCUs “In her new book, controversial former aide to President Trump offers views on education secretary and support for black colleges.”

Don’t Even Think of Publishing in This Journal “A major higher education research journal is suspending submissions to clear out a two-year backlog. Some see this case pointing to broad problems in academic publishing, such as the unwillingness of many scholars to review papers.”

Research & Policy

Innovation on Campus: How to Support Student Diversity through the Power of Student Voices by Alexa Wesley, NASPA Research and Policy Associate

Around NASPA

Beginning the Year with Wellness in Mind by Ali Martin Scoufield, Women in Student Affairs Knowledge Community

Taking Charge of Your Professional Development by Alyssa Burks, New Professionals and Graduate Students Knowledge Community