What You Need to Know About the Gainful Employment Rule Rescission
As part of ongoing efforts by the Trump administration to roll back regulations across the federal government, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has opened a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to rescind the gainful employment regulations established during the Obama administration. The proposal has been expected for some time and follows previous delays and the reopening of negotiated rulemaking in late 2017 and early 2018.
While the gainful employment rule has perceived flaws, the proposal by Secretary DeVos to remove it entirely without providing for an alternative regulatory framework has drawn criticism from higher education leaders and student advocacy groups. It is the role of the federal government to protect the interests of students and safeguard federal investment in financial aid programs by creating and enforcing an appropriate regulatory framework governing institutional performance and outcomes. The history of the gainful employment rule has been tumultuous and sorting through the differing perspectives among institutions, advocates, and researchers can be difficult. This post by NASPA director of policy research and advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds will summarize some of the major concerns and promises of the gainful employment rule to help inform those who may wish to respond to the call for comment, which closes on September 13, 2018.
Learning to Listen in Public Policy and Advocacy
This summer, I was very pleased to participate along with a dedicated group of student affairs professionals in the inaugural NASPA Hill Days and the Student Affairs Day of Action in Washington, DC. In preparing to be effective advocates during our time on Capitol Hill, we benefited from a comprehensive orientation designed to clarify talking points and help us to employ best practices when meeting with US Congressional representatives or their legislative staff members. Without question, the entire experience was a remarkable civics lesson.
Call to Action: Submitting Comments to the Borrower Defense to Repayment NPRM
Earlier this month, NASPA Policy Analyst Diana Ali summarized What You Need to Know About Borrower Defense to Repayment following the release of a final proposed rule by the Department of Education (ED) for public comment in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). Since then, Diana has been busy reviewing the NPRM and drafting comments in response to the proposed rule, which NASPA is now circulating for sign-on among our colleagues in other student affairs-related associations. As Diana noted, any member of the public can submit comments in response to an NPRM. Because we know that it can be difficult to know how to start, this post by NASPA Director of Policy Research and Advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds provides student affairs professionals a guide and template they can work from to submit comments on the borrower defense to repayment (BDR) proposed rule published on July 31, 2018 by the Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 83 Fed. Reg. 37242
Inaugural Hill Days: Observations From The Steamy Streets
The Inaugural “Hill Days and National Student Affairs Day of Action” was held in Washington, D.C. July 16 and 17. 43 student affairs professionals were provided with an opportunity to sharpen their advocacy skills by meeting with Congressional staffers from the House of Representatives and the Senate. As an individual who is a bit of a political ‘wonk’, I was looking forward to this opportunity since December when I applied, and had visions of striding into Betsy De Voss’s office and going De Veau to DeVos. Although the match-up- never materialized (it still plays out in my imagination), the experience provided a keener understanding of what happens on the Hill and how constituent voices are heard. Mount Ida College Vice President for Student Affairs Laura A. De Veau, discusses her Hill Days experience in this post.
#CLDE18 In Review
Our recent 2018 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting in Anaheim, Calif., brought together a great group of faculty, students, administrators, community partners and representatives from our national sponsor and partner organizations committed to advancing civic learning and democratic engagement through higher education. Read on for highlights of our time together.
NASPA Priorities for HEA Reauthorization
While there is much to celebrate in our national landscape of colleges and universities, years of state disinvestment and the diminishing purchasing power of federal grant programs have resulted in noticeable signs of wear. Our federal policy has failed to keep up with today’s more diverse student body, including many adults shouldering responsibility for not only their own education, but also that of their children, resulting in a system of financial aid and regulations that are ill-suited to meeting the needs of either today’s students or the American taxpayer. The reauthorization of Higher Education Act (HEA) presents an opportunity to correct that course and fulfill both the promise and the responsibility of the federal government to today’s students. In this post, NASPA director of policy research and advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds provides background on HEA and identifies priorities for NASPA in reauthorization.