SA Weekly: October 15

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What’s at Stake in the Harvard Lawsuit? Decades of Debate Over Race in Admissions “The case accuses Harvard of setting a quota on Asian-American students accepted to the university and holding them to a higher standard than applicants of other races. It flips the strategy used in past challenges to race-conscious admissions: Instead of arguing that the school disadvantages whites, the plaintiffs say that Harvard is admitting minority groups and white students over another minority, Asian-Americans.”

Oversight Agenda of a Democratic House “A potential Democratic House takeover would likely entail far more congressional scrutiny of the Education Department's agenda under Betsy DeVos.”

Removing Barriers to Higher Ed “As part of his push to be a leader on higher education policy, Senator Brian Schatz, a Hawaii Democrat, has made a signature issue of calling for access to a college education for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students.”

Income Verification for Federal Aid Hinders Low-Income Students “Colleges worry the federal student aid verification process singles out more low-income students and may be stopping them from receiving grants.”

U.N.C. Chancellor Apologizes for History of Slavery at Chapel Hill “Chancellor Carol Folt of U.N.C. Chapel Hill apologized for the university’s history of slavery during a speech on Friday.”

Chinese Companies Seek to Buy U.S. Campuses “When a Chinese company seeks to buy an American music college, opponents of the sale raise academic freedom concerns. Over the last several years, Chinese buyers have purchased a number of campuses in the U.S.”

Research & Policy

October 15 NASPA Policy Update by Diana Ali, NASPA Policy Analyst

Crystal Balls and Casting Runes: Predictions for HEA Reauthorization in the 116th Congress by Teri Lyn Hinds, NASPA Director of Policy Research and Advocacy

Around NASPA

Consider Opportunities for Community Service When Choosing a College by Alison Handy Twang, LEAD Initiative

So You’re a NASPA Member, Now What? by Rachel Winters, Student Leadership Programs Knowledge Community

Scholar’s Corner: the Disneyland of Academia by Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Latinx/a/o Knowledge Community

Get You a Trioka: the Power of Three by Josclynn Brandon, Center for Women