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SA Weekly: April 8

Civic Engagement Policy and Advocacy Campus Safety and Violence Prevention Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement
April 8, 2019 Maya Ward-Fineman NASPA

­Welcome to SA Weekly, your destination for higher ed news, NASPA research and policy, constituent blogs, and more.

Senators To Consumer Watchdog: Prove You're Protecting Student Borrowers “Several top Democrats sent a stern letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau asking for evidence that it's policing the federal student loan industry.”

New Rules for Accreditors “An appointed federal panel reaches consensus to loosen restrictions on accreditors and online learning. Some of those not on the panel see student protections shrinking.”

Report: No ‘Crisis’ in Free Speech “A new analysis from PEN America disputes lawmakers' characterization that free expression on college campuses has reached disaster level.”

Even When College Is Free, It Can Be Hard For Adults To Stay In School “Tennessee Reconnect has helped thousands of adults afford a college education, but for many older students, the financial support may not be enough to get them to the finish line.”

Doing More With Data “A growing number of colleges and employers are working together to better use labor-market data in postsecondary training. Two experts discuss what's possible and what's needed.”
The Robots Are Here: At George Mason University, They Deliver Food To Students “Several dozen autonomous robots roam the Virginia campus providing options such pizza and coffee. ‘We were amazed by the volume of orders, Starship Technologies executive Ryan Tuohy says.”

Research & Policy

April 8 NASPA Policy Update by Teri Lyn Hinds, Director of Policy Research and Advocacy

The Rise and Fall of the Bathroom Bill: State Legislation Affecting Trans & Gender Non-Binary People by Diana Ali, Assistant Director of Policy, Research and Advocacy

Top Reasons #SAPros Should be Tracking Broad Gun-Related Legislation by Teri Lyn Hinds, Director of Policy Research and Advocacy

Around NASPA

Increasing Voter Engagement at Towson University with the Help of Black Women & Power of One Vote by Towson University, LEAD Initiative

KC Spotlight: Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs by Jessica Barraclough, SAPAA KC Representative, Region IV-W