By Laurie Jevins, Assistant Director, Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Initiatives, February 5, 2019
The Coalition of Colorado Campus Alcohol and Drug Educators (CADE), a project managed by NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, provides training, technical assistance, and fiscal resources to help adapt current evidence-based programs in substance abuse prevention. Amendment 64 passed in Colorado in November 2012, allowing adults over the age of 21 to possess and purchase up to one ounce of cannabis through retail outlets throughout the state. As the first state to legalize, we wanted to share some lessons we learned along the way. In our last blog, NASPA explored the current landscape of collegiate cannabis use in America. In this edition, Laurie Jevons, Assistant Director, Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Initiatives, will highlight essential information for student affairs professionals, as well as best prevention strategies.
By Diana Ali, Assistant Director of Policy Research and Advocacy, February 7, 2019
The nature of a letter-writing campaign brings a community together and through markers of impact, whether it’s a whiteboard tally of e-mail messages sent, or stacks of letters compiled in a basket, allows that community to share in the power of collective advocacy. NASPA’s National Student Affairs Day of Action, coinciding this year with the Annual Conference on March 12, centers on uplifting the voice of student affairs professionals across the country through collective engagement with our representative democracy. Often the first line of direct contact with students on campus, student affairs professionals are privy to how higher education policy is operationalized on the ground. The anecdotes of student affairs professionals hold the power to land on the desk of a policymaker and provide a story compelling enough to shape the law. In the post for this week, Assistant Director of Policy Research and Advocacy, Diana Ali, shares a personal story on the power of paper letter-writing advocacy.
By Brianna Stone, Dallas News, February 4, 2019
Texas has introduced a number of pieces of legislation in 2019 to assist in sexual assault prevention and response. TX SB 1 allots nearly $50 million to double the Department of Public Safety Crime Labs’ ability to ttest rape kits. TX HB 282, filed by state Rep. Victoria Neave, would expand peace officer training on sexual violence and TX SB 585, would expand survivor-centered protocols.
By Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Education, February 5, 2019
Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Senator Lamar Alexander has laid out a new blueprint for legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act at several speaking engagements in the last week. At a keynote at the American Enterprise Institute he stated, ““In my conversations with Democrat and Republican senators, I have found a remarkable degree of bipartisan consensus about the directions we should take to make college affordable and make students’ degrees worth their time and money. Of course, there will be differences of opinion, and if there are, we will resolve them the traditional way: by voting.” Ranking Democrat Patty Murray has indicated her intent to work with Senator Alexander to come to a compromise. “I am committed to working with Chairman Alexander and Democrats and Republicans on our Committee and off to tackle the tough issues in higher education -- including affordability, access, accountability, and campus safety,” she said in a statement.
By Sinead Baker, Business Insider, February 11, 2019
Another partial government shutdown looms over an impasse on the number of detention beds that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has access to. The proposed cap is part of a border security compromise the hangs in the balance of the passage of federal dollars to keep the government running. Lawmakers race to attempt to keep the government open by Friday, February 15 to avoid leaving over 800,000 federal workers without pay.
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-A Rule by the Education Department on 2/05/2019
-Comment period ends on 04/08/2019
-Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), Department of Education (ED)
Summary: “At this time, there are no national or federal surveys or databases that provide systematic collection of information about campus-level disability-related services, access, and activities at colleges and universities in the United States. The NCCSD survey will ask all U.S. campuses to provide basic information about disability services, accessibility of campus, and disability-related activities that may affect inclusion and the campus climate. The data will be available to the public in an accessible and searchable database, to help prospective college students and their families make informed decisions during the college search process. Because the database will be public, researchers and policymakers will also be able to utilize the data to gather information about disability and higher education in systematic ways.”
-A Notice by the Education Department on 2/05/2019
-Comment period that ends on 3/7/2019
-Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED)
Summary: “The Department of Education (the Department) is requesting an extension without change to this information collection package to provide for a series of questions that are components of the selection process for a new Federal Student Aid experimental site project. The Educational Quality through Innovative Partnerships (EQUIP) project was undertaken in order to advance the Department's understanding of how to best increase access to high quality innovative programs in higher education. An invitation to participate and an explanation of this proposed experimental site would be published separately in the Federal Register. This experimental site project is designed to explore ways to increase access for low-income students to high-quality innovate programs in higher education through the engagement of institutions of higher education (IHEs) with non-IHE providers and quality assurance entities that can develop new quality assurance processes for student and taxpayer protection. The data and information collected can provide valuable guidance for the Department in determining future policy in these areas.”
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