Crystal Balls and Casting Runes: Predictions for HEA Reauthorization in the 116th Congress
Despite the fact that it’s only October and there are still a couple of months left in the 115th Congress, it’s now clear that reauthorization of the Higher Education Act will continue to be delayed. Having been passed out of committee on a party-line vote last December, the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act – a partisan reauthorization bill written by Republican leadership of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce – remains unlikely to be brought up for a full vote on the House floor. Similarly, several hearings and statements by Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee leadership from both parties asserted that HEA reauthorization would be a priority in 2018, but for talks around a bipartisan bill collapsed in the late spring and early summer of 2018. The continued delay is unfortunate as there are much-needed updates to our nation’s signature higher education law, but it does provide the opportunity for a fresh start in both the House and Senate and the prospect of a more bi-partisan process for legislation in the 116th Congress. This post by NASPA director of policy research and advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds will discuss what the future of HEA might be in the 116th Congress as well as identify policy proposals NASPA will be working to promote with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to improve outcomes for students and student affairs professionals under the next reauthorization.
THE RISE OF GET OUT THE VOTE CAMPAIGNS ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES
This midterm election is undoubtedly one of the most high stakes of its kind in recent history. The country as a whole is engaged in ways that we have not seen for quite some time. What role do young people play in that engagement? Potentially, a significant one. According to the census, only 23 percent of voters aged 18 to 34 participated in the 2014 midterms; however, research suggests these numbers are subject to change, especially through the support of heightened civic engagement efforts by the higher education community. Check out this post by Krista Saleet, Director of the Public Service Center at Cornell University and the Region II Representative on NASPA's Public Policy Division to learn more!
This post originally appeared on the NASPA Blog on October 4, 2018.
Embedding Interfaith Learning into Curricular and Co-curricular Spaces
For many of us, myself included, I approached diversity work with a lens of power and privilege, yes or no, right or wrong, majority and minority, which was extremely effective in my work for many years. Yet, when I began studying ethics, and spirituality, and engulfed myself in religion I began to explore another paradigm- religious pluralism. I began to wonder, as someone who prides herself on being open, and inclusive, when did I become so binary in my thinking? When did I forget both/ and? And when did seeking to understand become about finding absolutes?
I’m Not Here to Help: Three Lessons for Academics Who Want to Be Better Partners
We’ve all been there. We’re working on something we care deeply about, and we know it would be so much better if needed partners were at the table. For instance, we want to create an internship program because we know that students are clamoring for more hands-on experience and local employers stand ready to build a talent pipeline. Therefore we bring multiple parties together, discuss partnership possibilities, and identify some plausible next steps, but somehow our vision for the program never takes shape. If you’ve ever been frustrated by a scenario like this, Elise Newkirk-Kotfila, NASPA director of advising initiatives, offer three things everyone in a campus setting needs to keep in mind as they form partnerships.
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
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.