SA Weekly: September 17

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Student Borrowers And Advocates Win Court Case Against DeVos “U.S. District Court Judge Randolph D. Moss sided with consumer advocates, two former students seeking relief from their loans and Democratic attorneys general from 19 states and the District of Columbia, who challenged the Trump administration's postponement of Obama-era regulations governing ‘borrower defense to repayment.’"

After the Hurricane “Colleges in North and South Carolina are starting to resume operations that were shut down by Hurricane Florence.”

$100 Increase in Maximum Pell Grant “An appropriations deal reached by House and Senate negotiators last week largely reflects the priorities of the upper chamber, including higher spending on student aid, career and technical education, and university-based research. The spending bill for fiscal year 2019, which begins October 1, would increase the Education Department's total budget to $71.5 billion -- a second year in a row Congress has boosted funding, despite calls for heavy cuts by the Trump administration.”

Positive View of Higher Ed, With Lots of Caveats “National poll finds more appreciation of colleges than other surveys have. In some areas, including affirmative action, sexual assault and mental health, the public isn't impressed. Public institutions earn more confidence than private ones.”

Under Threat At Home, Refugee Scholars Find Academic Havens At U.S. Universities “Around the globe, more scholars are now threatened and displaced than since World War II began. In response, U.S. universities have sponsored endangered scholars and recently created a consortium that offers a broader academic community to refugee scholars threatened by war and authoritarian governments.”

Limiting the Debate “The Trump administration, which has frequently criticized colleges for not doing enough to protect free speech on campus, introduces a more expansive definition of anti-Semitism on campus. Civil liberties groups say it will result in the stifling of free speech.”

Men Benefit Most from Nondegree Credentials “A new analysis of federal data about holders of certificates, licenses and certifications shows that women pay more and get less for the increasingly popular credentials.” 

Research & Policy

September 17th NASPA Policy Update by Diana Ali, NASPA Policy Analyst

Follow the Money: Ins and Outs of Federal Appropriations by Diana Ali, NASPA Policy Analyst

Around NASPA

Mentors, Sponsors, Role Models and BFAWs- Women Need All Four by Kathy Woughter, Women in Student Affairs Knowledge Community 

Technology’s Influence on Parents and Families: Engaging and Supporting the Parents of Generation Z by Ashley Templeton, Parent and Family Relations Knowledge Community

Reflections on the SCU Division’s Inaugural Early Career Development Institute by Augustine “Gus” DeBacco and Dr. Cory Owen, Small Colleges and Universities Division

Fear Not the Intersecting Identities: The Beauty of this Life is to Explore by Triseinge Ortiz, Center for Women