By American Council on Education (ACE) and 33 other higher education associations including NASPA, May 24, 2018
This letter expresses thanks to the representatives who supported H.Res. 774 for taking action to providing a permanent solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.
By Center for Association Leadership and other associations including NASPA, May 24, 2018
This letter expresses concern regarding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, section 274(a)(4) which makes expenditures by tax-exempt organizations on transportation fringe benefits subject to an unrelated business income tax (UBIT) of 21 percent. The letter urges the Treasury to delay implementation of the provision for one year to allow organizations struggling with the tax costs of providing certain fringe benefits time to adjust and requests the Treasury issue detailed guidance regarding impact and liability.
By PostsecData Collective and 38 members and partners including NASPA, May 31, 2018
This letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos details recommendations for updates to the College Scorecard with an emphasis on: disaggregating key data elements, including more comprehensive data on completion and post-college outcomes, improving flags on the College Scorecard for institutions subject to greater scrutiny, upgrading usability, and continuing to test maintenance and public access.
By Teri Lyn Hinds, May 31, 2018
Last week's decision by NFL owners to exact penalties on players and teams who choose to kneel in protest during the playing of the national anthem is just the most recent in a long history of concerns around speech and protest - who gets to speak on which topics when and how - in our country. A number of high-profile incidents involving controversial speakers on college campuses in recent years has focused the attention of lawmakers on the idea of a crisis of free speech in higher education. The fact that public institutions of higher education are considered government actors held to the strictures of the First Amendment complicates matters, though there are many threads to the conversations around threats to speech on college campuses and not all of them apply to constitutional rights. This post by NASPA director of policy research and advocacy, Teri Lyn Hinds, reviews some of those threads and provide examples from some of the nearly 50 pieces of legislation in 30 states that has been introduced or considered in 2018 relating to campus speech.
By Omari Burnside and Alexa Wesley, June 7, 2018
Rising tuition costs, family obligations, resume-building, and handling the curveballs life can throw, are just a few reasons why working while in school is a must for many students. If operationalized effectively, on-campus employment can provide students with a greater sense of financial security, while also improving learning, career-readiness, and persistence outcomes. By conducting a national landscape analysis, NASPA hopes to better understand how institutions maximize on-campus student employment funds to improve undergraduate student retention. Using insights gleaned from campus site visits and interviews with professionals from institutions, we’ve developed a national survey that will be released later this month. This post offers a high-level summary of three emerging themes drawn from our initial conversations with institutions.
By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Washington Post June 1, 2018
Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate education panel, has indicated that the Senate will not be producing legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act of 1965 during 2018. However, the House is moving forward to efforts to pass the Prosperity through Education Reform Act (PROSPER) Act, though the bill as yet to get a vote on the House floor. Representative Virginia Foxx, chairwoman of the House Education and the Workforce committee is pushing to move the bill forward in the upcoming weeks.
By Joe Perticone, Business Insider June 5, 2018
Policymakers typically have five weeks around the month of August to return to their home states and work on campaigning, but last week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell informed colleges that the August recess would be cut short this year. "Due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president's nominees, and the goal of passing appropriations bills prior to the end of the fiscal year, the August recess has been canceled," McConnell said in a statement. "Senators should expect to remain in session in August to pass legislation, including appropriations bills, and to make additional progress on the president's nominees."
By Mike Lillis, Juliegrace Brufke, and Rafael Bernal, The Hill June 7, 2018
House Speaker Paul Ryan has been working with moderate Republicans in the House inching toward passing a discharge petition that would force a vote on four immigration measures, several of which would provide a pathway to citizenship for eligible undocumented individuals. On Thursday Ryan promised the release of a compromise bill to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients during a closed-door meeting. After establishing this promise, several moderate Republicans who were considering signing the petition indicated that they would refrain from doing so, buying the House some time in reaching a compromise. The actual deadline in which a deal may be reached remains unknown, but the House would need to gather enough signatures by June 12 in order to force a vote through the discharge petition.
By Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed, June 11, 2018
This past Friday the Trump administration released an internal staff report which revealed multiple failures at the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), whose federal recognition was restored by Secretary DeVos earlier this year. ACICS is seeking to regain back federal recognition permanently after it was removed by the Obama administration in 2016. The failures that were found, were similar to those originally cited as issues that caused removal in 2016. ACICS does not seem to be effectively evaluating recruitment practices by institutions. "This report makes clear that ACICS is a wholly unfit and unreliable evaluator of higher education institutions: its decisions are not recognized by educators, schools or employers across the United States, and it has shown zero evidence that it can make decisions that protect students and consumers,” said Bob Shireman, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation.
Since the start of the 2018 State Legislative Session, the Policy and Advocacy Team at NASPA has seen movement on 26 bills across 14 states. This summary includes changes observed concerning tracked legislation over the past week. OH HB 658, which was referred to the Committee on Community and Family Advancement on 06/05/2018, would prohibit a court from using a parent or guardian’s refusal to allow a child to undergo gender-based treatment as a basis determining custody.
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. This summary includes changes observed concerning tracked legislation over the past few weeks. CA AB 3008 which was held under submission submission 05/25/2018, would provide exemptions to undocumented students from playing nonresident tuition.
Guns on Campus:
Since the start of January, the Policy and Advocacy Team at NASPA has seen movement on 36 bills across 16 states. This summary includes changes observed concerning tracked legislation over the past week. KS HB 2042, which died in conference on 06/05/2018, would have removed restrictions on concealed carry on campuses.
The measures below are under potential consideration given that the House is able to force a vote on immigration by passing a discharge petition.
-Primary Sponsors: Rep. Bob Goodlatte
-Committees: House—Judiciary; Education and the Workforce; Homeland Security; Foreign Affairs; Ways and Means; Armed Services; Oversight and Government Reform; Agriculture; Transportation and Infrastructure; Natural Resources
-Latest Action: 01/24/2018 Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security
This is one of the immigration measures that the House would consider should the discharge petition under consideration get enough votes. The bill would provide temporary status for DACA recipients plus stepped-up enforcement and legal immigration restrictions. It is the most stringent of the current measures that would be up for a roll call vote.
-Primary Sponsors: Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
-Latest Action: Introduced to the House on 07/26/2017, added a new Republican co-sponsor Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL) on 04/27/2018. The House DREAM Act now has 201 co-sponsors.
This is another immigration measure that the House would consider should the discharge petition under consideration get enough votes. The DREAM Act would allow these young people to earn lawful permanent residence and eventually American citizenship if they:
-Primary Sponsor: Rep. Will Hurd
-Committees: House—Judiciary; Education and the Workforce; Homeland Security; Energy and Commerce; Foreign Affairs
-Latest Action: 01/26/2018 Referred to the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security
This is another of the immigration measures that the House would consider should the discharge petition under consideration get enough votes. The bill would provide quicker legalization for qualifying undocumented youth with limits on sponsorship of parents once they become citizens, with some border provisions, but no funding for the border wall.
-A Notice by the Education Department on 06/05/2018
-Office of the Deputy Secretary, Department of Education
Summary: “The Department of Education (Department) is hosting listening sessions to gather information from the public on how schools, districts, institutions of higher education, and other local and State government agencies can improve school safety. In this notice, we announce the details of a listening session on June 6, 2018, at which interested parties may provide input.”
-A Notice by the Education Department on 06/07/2018
-Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education
Summary: “The Department of Education is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2018 for the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) State Grants, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.334S.”
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