What You Need to Know About Borrower Defense to Repayment
At the tail end of June, the Department of Education (ED) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on borrower defense to repayment (BDR) an opened a 30-day public comment period. The proposal would reduce the amount of and increase eligibility criteria for relief available for defrauded borrowers. The call for public comment will close on August 30, 2018. This post will provide a brief history of the BDR regulations, including an initial analysis of the new proposed rule. We strongly encourage NASPA members to engage their institutional leadership in conversations about submitting comments on the new proposed BDR rule. NASPA's policy and advocacy staff is working to review the proposed rule in its entirety and will be drafting sample text to distribute to our members next week so that they or their institutional leadership can incorporate it into their own comments.
#SAadvocates Go To The Fair: Engaging with Candidates
As the arrival of August signals the inevitable end of summer and return of students to campuses, it is also a time of county and state fairs across the country. Whether you are attending a fair to work a table for your institution and share information about the contributions your campus makes to your community and region or taking some well-deserved time with your family, fairs provide a great excuse to gather with our neighbors. County and state fairs also often offer unique opportunities to meet and talk with candidates for local, state, and federal elections in a more relaxed and un-scripted environment. If you are heading out to your county or state fair and interested in determining where the candidates in your area stand on issues related to higher education, this post by NASPA Director of Policy Research and Advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds will provide some background and tips to get your conversations started.
Meet the 2018 NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Conference Planning Committee
NASPA and the NASPA Spirituality and Religion in Higher Education Knowledge Community are proud to announce its committee members for the 2018 NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Conference to be held December 9-11, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Below you’ll find out more about the team and their contributions to the field, pedagogy, and practice of religious, secular, and spiritual identity development in higher education.
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.
Budget Priorities in Tight Times: Who Will Take Care of Infrastructure?
When the media learned about a large-scale enhancement to the student experience in the form of a lazy river, it became yet another example of misplaced priorities of the elite university in the view of the public. Headlines like this get blamed for reasons why states are spending less on higher education, for fear the dollars will be wasted. What isn’t making headlines is the state of need for the unexciting projects: the roofs, the HVAC systems, the inaccessible buildings to those in wheelchairs, and the rest of the behind-the -scenes infrastructure issues for institutions of higher education. Older buildings weren’t built to be ADA accessible, to have sprinkler systems, or central heating and air conditioning, so we renovate our buildings to provide modern upgrades when we have the resources. In warmer states, we spend a lot of effort keeping our buildings cool in the heat; in colder states, we do the opposite to fend off the cold. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Associate Vice President for Operations Jeanna Mastrodicasa breaks down the issue in this post for NASPA's Public Policy Division.
Teaching Boston History Beyond the Revolution
In Northeastern’s Center of Community Service, we take a deeper dive into Boston history with many of our students as a way to scratch the surface of Boston’s history that is not often covered in their high school US History class. We want students to understand the rich and complex history of Boston, and to think about how key historical events created the city we now inhabit. We also take the time to educate students about the history of our campus; how Northeastern grew from a small evening program run out of the nation’s first YMCA in 1898 to the global research institution it is today. We share this with students to prepare them to engage with our local communities. We want students to think critically about how historic events shaped Boston, as well as how our own institution has impacted the neighborhoods surrounding our campus.