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SA Weekly: March 2

March 2, 2020 Maya Ward-Fineman NASPA

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

Higher Ed Deal in the Works? “Senator Lamar Alexander says a bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act should pass the education committee in about a month, to give it time to get through Congress this year.”

Coronavirus Quarantines and More “Spread of coronavirus in California, Oregon and Washington triggers student quarantines. American Physical Society cancels annual meeting, colleges cancel more overseas programs and players' group calls for possibly holding March Madness tournament without fans.”

Coronavirus Hits U.S. International Programs Outside China “Syracuse cancels its Florence study abroad program, and other institutions make changes to programs in Italy, South Korea and elsewhere as coronavirus spreads globally.”

Free Speech Challenges in Real Time “The University of California's second annual conference on campus free speech turned into an actual exercise in free speech when student protesters unexpectedly showed up.”

Senate Might Rebuke DeVos on Borrower Defense “As Senate debates joining House in condemning Education Department rule on forgiving student loans, key Republicans are on the fence.”

Coronavirus Forces Universities Online “Compelled to close their campuses to limit the spread of coronavirus, U.S. universities with Chinese branches move at lightning speed to take teaching online.”


Policy Update

Student Aid Alliance (SAA) Budget Request Letter submitted by SAA, of which NASPA is a member, to House and Senate appropriations subcommittees, February 19 

Anticipated Policy Challenges for International Students in 2020 by Diana Ali, Associate Director of Policy Research and Advocacy


Relevant Bills

A New Kind of Anti-Trans Legislation is Hitting the Red States by Zein Murib, The Washington Post

Some States Make it Harder for College Students to Vote by the Associated Press, New York Times

Second Circuit Soundly Repudiates Arguments Made by Sanctuary Cities by Andrew R. Arthur, Center for Immigration Studies


Relevant Regulations

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Measuring Educational Gain in the National Reporting System for Adult Education

Agencies: Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), Department of Education (ED)

Public Comment: Open comment period that ends on April 21