By American Council on Education (ACE) and 60 other associations including NASPA, January 30, 2019
ACE in collaboration with 60 other higher education associations including NASPA submitted comments to the Education Department in response to the Title IX Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). As indicated by ACE, “the overarching goal of our comments is to (1) note where we believe the proposed rule would help institutions better support survivors,4 have processes that are fair and equitable to both parties, and understand the responsibilities Title IX imposes on institutions; and (2) identify and describe where changes are needed to help achieve these objectives. Our comments align with what we have said since the Obama administration issued its Dear Colleague Letter in 2011 and are consistent with the goals of the NPRM.”
By Student Affairs Higher Education Consortium, of which NASPA is a part, January 31, 2019
NASPA along with; ACPA—College Student Educators International, Association for Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA), Association of College and University Housing Officers—International (ACUHO-I), and NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation; submitted joint Title IX comments with a student affairs perspective. Comments followed a standard that “Any federal Title IX rules relating to sexual harassment incidents at institutions of higher education should:
By Laurie Jevins, Assistant Director, Alcohol and other Drug Prevention Initiatives, January 31, 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. Part one of this blog series by Laurie Jevins, Assistant Director, Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Initiatives at NASPA, will discuss the prevalence of cannabis use and associated risks for higher education, while part two will offer best practices for student affairs professionals.
By Teri Lyn Hinds, Director of Policy Research and Advocacy, February 1, 2019
On Wednesday, the public comment period for the Department of Education's proposed rule on Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance, pertaining to Title IX closed with over 100,000 comments received. On behalf of our members, NASPA submitted comments on the proposed rule.
By Sarah Brown, The Chronicle for Higher Education, January 30, 2019
According to Terry Hartle, senior vice president for government and public affairs at the American Council on Education (ACE), "The draft regulation is like the world's biggest artichoke. You see something and you start peeling off a layer, and there's another layer below that, and another layer, and they get finer and finer." The Chronicle of Higher Education accounts for the five main points of ACE’s comments, including that: colleges are education institutions, not court systems; colleges should have the flexibility to “treat different cases differently;” when colleges act in good faith to comply with Title IX, don’t second-guess them; colleges don’t want to be let off the hook; and that many colleges would be forced to adopt a higher standard of evidence.
By Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Education, January 31, 2019
Chicago mayor candidate Bill Daley has proposed a plan to combine Chicago Public Schools (CPS) with City College of Chicago (CCC) to create a free K-14, which, if implemented, would be the first free college plan of its kind in the nation. According to the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, only 19 percent of CPS students who were freshmen in 2017 will earn a four-year degree within 10 years and CCC completion rates remain low as well. Daley poses that a merger between the two systems could save the city millions of collars and could increase graduation rates overall. The plan has received significant pushback from both CPS and CCC faculty and staff. Pushback focuses on the massive undertaking the merger would require, though community residents support a move to make community college free in the city of Chicago.
By Michael Stratford, Politico, February 1, 2019
The Trump Administration reversed a decision last week to replace the acting Department of Education Inspector General with Phil Rosenfelt, the department’s deputy general counsel, a decision of which congressional Democrats, including Senator Elizabeth Warren criticized as a disruption to the role of oversight expected from that position. “After the designation of the acting [Inspector General] was made, the matter came to the attention of new personnel in the White House," the spokesperson, Liz Hill, said. "After they reevaluated the situation, the decision was made, in an abundance of caution, to rescind the designation.” The Department has not offered an explanation to the public why the decision to replace the action Inspector General was made in the first place, and Chairperson of the House education committee Rep. Bobby Scott noted that, “while I appreciate that the White House has reversed its decision, the unprecedented attempt to replace the Acting Inspector General with an internal department official raises serious concerns.”
Hosted By American Enterprise Institute, February 4, 2019
Senator Lamar Alexander, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, outlining priorities for the Higher Education Act, which he intends to introduce before the end of the year. Alexander focused on borrower protections and borrower accountability as well as an effort on simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The recording of the briefing from today is available for review and includes a keynote address by Senator Alexander followed by analysis and remarks by an expert panel.
**Check for updates soon. Most states return to session in January 2019**
-Primary Sponsor: Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) (Introduced 1/28/2019)
-Latest Action: 1/29/2019 Sponsor introductory remarks on measure.
-Primary Sponsor: Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) (Introduced 1/03/2019)
-Latest Action: 1/29/2019 Committee Hearings Held
This legislation is described with the intent to “expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and for other purposes.”
**Want to submit comments of your own? Check out NASPA’s Q&A on submitting public comments**
-A Rule by the Homeland Security Department on 1/31/2019
-U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Summary: “This final rule amends Department of Homeland Security (“DHS” or “the Department”) regulations governing petitions filed on behalf of H-1B beneficiaries who may be counted toward the 65,000 visa cap established under the Immigration and Nationality Act (“H-1B regular cap”) or beneficiaries with advanced degrees from U.S. institutions of higher education who are eligible for an exemption from the regular cap (“advanced degree exemption”). The amendments require petitioners seeking to file H-1B petitions subject to the regular cap, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, to first electronically register with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) during a designated registration period, unless the registration requirement is temporarily suspended. USCIS is suspending the registration requirement for the fiscal year 2020 cap season to complete all requisite user testing of the new H-1B registration system and otherwise ensure the system and process are operable.”
-A Notice by the Education Department on 1/31/2019
-Comment period that ends on 3/4/2019
-Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED)
Summary: “As enacted by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (Pub. L. 110-315), the regulations in 34 CFR 668.28 provide that a proprietary institution must derive at least 10% of its annual revenue from sources other than Title IV, HEA funds, sanctions for failing to meet this requirement, and otherwise implement the statute by (1) specifying a Net Present Value (NPV) formula used to establish the revenue for institutional loans, (2) providing an administratively easier alternative to the NPV calculation, and (3) describing more fully the non-Title IV eligible programs from which revenue may be counted for 90/10 purposes. The regulations require an institution to disclose in a footnote to its audited financial statements the amounts of Federal and non-Federal revenues, by category, that it used in calculating its 90/10 ratio (see section 487(d) of the HEA). This is a request to extend the information collection that identifies the reporting burden for this regulation.”
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