SA Weekly: January 7

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Overhauling Rules for Higher Ed “The Education Department's proposals for upcoming negotiated rule-making process would narrow the responsibilities of accreditors and modify federal definitions for credit hour and distance education.”

Federal Shutdown Includes Agencies Supporting Research “Grant checks from NSF and other funders won't go out. Meetings on grant applications won't take place. Impact will grow with length of standoff. Trump threat on border with Mexico alarms some Texas campuses.”

Patterns of Student Protest “College leaders often aren't the top hindrance to campus protests that have proliferated in recent years -- holiday breaks, finals week and graduation tend to be the biggest challenge for student activists.”

Push for Student-Level Data the Feds Don’t Collect “Major education foundations aren't waiting for Congress to provide data needed to better analyze and serve students. They've partnered to get the data themselves and are encouraging more colleges to join them.”

Collegiality Concerns “After controversies involving two professors, Fresno State wants its "community" to be "respectful," "kind" and accountable. Many faculty members are on board, and university says principles won't be enforced. Others are skeptical.”

Go Greek and See Grades Drop? “A study presented at the American Economic Association suggests that students' GPAs fall after becoming Greek affiliated and that joining a fraternity or sorority doesn't necessarily guarantee a higher salary.”

Grading Smarter, Not Harder “Historians discuss efforts to evaluate student learning far beyond a grade.”

Research & Policy

NASPA Research and Policy Institute Wish List for Higher Education

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