By Amelia Parnell, Darlena Jones, Alexis Wesaw, and D. Christopher Brooks, April 10, 2018
NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), and EDUCAUSE have conducted a national landscape analysis to examine how institutional research (IR), student affairs, and information technology (IT) professionals are working together to support students. The three higher education associations jointly developed and launched a national survey of their memberships to identify trends in the types of student success data projects that institutions conduct, the structures in place for sharing data among multiple users, the level of coordination across functions, and how institutions are using data to inform interventions and program delivery. This report reflects responses from nearly 1,000 IR, student affairs, and IT professionals across public, private, two- and four-year institutions across the United States and concludes with four recommendations for improving and executing an institution-wide, data-informed strategy for student success.
By Sarice Greenstein, April 12, 2018
The CORE Evaluation is a detailed self-assessment survey organized around the six pillars of the Culture of Respect CORE Blueprint. This post reviews new areas of content on the newly released 3rd edition of the survey and how they reflect what is happening in the field.
By the American Council on Education (ACE) and 36 other associations including NASPA, April 13, 2018
This letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) advocates for timely processing of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewals and commends the Department's decision to initiate the renewal process as a result of the January 8 injunction issued in Regents of the University of California v. Department of Homeland Security.
By Sarah Karlin-Smith, April 9, 2018
Congress considered the opioid crisis in a number of areas after returning to session last week. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee met on Wednesday to debate The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 which would authorize the creation of new grant programs and give the National Institute of Health flexibility in opioid-related research. The House Education and Commerce Subcommittee had several dozen bills up for debate that could affect opioid research in relation to Medicaid and Medicare programs. The Senate Finance Committee is also expected to release ideas on how Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs could be adapted to address issues pertaining to substance abuse. POLITICO obtained a document outlining the push for ideas and bipartisan support.
By Elizabeth Redden, April 10, 2018
The Arizona Supreme Court, ruled last week that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients would not be eligible for in-state tuition rates. The case ruled that the Phoenix-area Maricopa County Community College District could not offer in-state tuition, but if the ruling does not affect any future state-level policy which might extend in-state tuition to undocumented individuals. Matt Hasson, a spokesperson for the Maricopa community colleges is considering the impending impact this ruling will have on the student body. “The ruling is troubling for the 2,000 DACA students currently enrolled in Maricopa Community Colleges,” Hasson said. “During the past five years, more than 600 DACA students earned an associate’s degree or a certificate from one of our colleges and are making valuable contributions to the health of our economy."
By Sierra Darville, April 11, 2018
With pending Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization legislation expected in the Senate, institutions continue to express concern regarding the House version, introduced last December, the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act. Maureen Hoyler, president of the Council for Opportunity in Education, has issued a letter to the House of behalf of 413 institutions with concerns focusing on institutional capacity to provide academic, financial, and cultural, support for low-income and first-generation students. The PROSPER Act would reserve a portion of TRIO funding to people who had never before received a TRIO grant, and for newly created competitive grant programs, known as IMPACT grants. These changes would be left in the hands of the Secretary of Education. “We greatly understand and appreciate the committee’s interest in expanding the universe of institutions that host TRIO programs,” Hoyler said. “Yet, in attempting to achieve these goals, the PROSPER Act wrests authority from the Congress and forces legislators to yield completely to the will of the secretary of education.” Further, the PROSPER Act would decrease TRIO funding by $110 million, from what was approved in the spending bill for the 2018 fiscal year. The House “is basically cutting everything in that bill,” Hoyler said. “This is part of their interest in reducing the investment in low-income students. [The funding] needs to be increased. We’re serving fewer than seven percent of the eligible population.”
By Joel Rubin and Dakota Smith, April 13, 2018
As the Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to issue measures to dissuade sanctuary city policies, a U.S. District Judge in Los Angeles ruled this past week that the DOJ cannot favor police departments that are willing to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). A DOJ spokesman called the ruling "overbroad and inconsistent with the rule of law.” The ruling took place in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions having changed how it judged applications from local police agencies for the Community Oriented Policing Services program. The program, awarded to the LAPD in the past, has led to a significant drop in crime rates and arrests, but no longer qualified due to their refusal to cooperate with ICE. 80% of departments that did receive money cooperated with ICE. Jean Reisz, a professor at the USC Gould School of Law, found the ruling to be unsurprising. "The courts have held that the government can't coerce a local jurisdiction to enact a federal law," she said. "The federal government can't force local jurisdictions to enforce immigration laws. That's something the federal government has to do."
Since the start of the 2018 State Legislative Session, the Policy and Advocacy Team at NASPA has seen movement on 19 bills across 10 states. This summary includes changes observed concerning tracked legislation over the past week. TN SB 2480, which failed to move forward in the Senate Judiciary Committee on 04/03/2018, and TN HB 2620, which was taken off the Finance Ways and Means Subcommittee calendar on 04/09/0218, would expand the attorney general and reporter’s duties to include representation for a Local Education Agency (LEA) or certain LEA employees in a legal proceeding arising out of the LEA’s adoption of a policy or practice designating multi-person restrooms, locker rooms, or other facilities for use based only on one’s biological sex.
In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants
Since the start of the 2018 State Legislative Session, NASPA’s Policy and Advocacy Team has seen movement on 25 bills across 14 states regarding in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants. CA AB 3008, which was re-referred to the Committee on Higher Education on 04/10/2018, would create additional exemptions for undocumented residents from paying nonresident tuition. NJ S 699 was substituted for NJ A 3467 on 04/12/2018. NJ A 3467, which passed an Assembly floor amendment vote on 04/12/2018, extends state student financial aid programs to resident undocumented individuals.
Guns on Campus:
Since the start of January, the Policy and Advocacy Team at NASPA has seen movement on 29 bills across 15 states. This summary includes changes observed concerning tracked legislation over the past week. LA SB 505, read a second time and referred to the Judiciary Committee on 04/03/18, would allow certain peace officers to patrol schools while carrying concealed firearms. TN HB 2208, which failed to move forward in the Education Administration and Planning Committee on 04/04/18, would have allowed certified firearms instructors to train teachers in certain distressed rural counties who would be allowed to carry concealed firearms. MD HB 904, read for the first time on 04/05/18, would prohibit law enforcement officers from carrying certain weapons on public school property.
Committees: Senate—Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP)
Latest Action: Released by the HELP Committee and currently undergoing revisions following a full committee hearing last week.
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) (Introduced 04/10/2018)
Committees: Senate-Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: House- 04/10/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
This bill is intended to protect student privacy by limiting third party involvement regarding the use of student data. The legislation also extends data access to the parents of youth under eighteen. While this bill is directed to K-12, the impact on prospective college students could affect higher education policy.
-A Notice by the Education Department on 04/10/2018
-Comment period that ends on 04/16/2018
-Department of Education (ED), Officer of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)
Summary: “The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law by President Trump on February 9, 2018, included significant new funding to support disaster relief. The U.S. Department of Education (Department) will award up to $2.7 billion to assist K-12 schools and school districts in meeting the educational needs of students affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the 2017 California wildfires. This disaster assistance will help schools and school districts return to their full capabilities as quickly and effectively as possible.”
-A Notice by the Education Department on 04/10/2018
-Comment period that ends on 05/10/2018
-Department of Education (ED), Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)
Summary: “The Office of Indian Education (OIE) of the Department of Education (ED) requests a revision of this previously approved information collection for the Indian Education Discretionary Grant Application authorized under Title VI, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended.”
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