March 30, 2018, 10AM EST
This is a hearing on “Expanding Affordable Health Care Options: Examining the Department of Labor’s Proposed Rule on Association Health Plans”
By Alexa Wesley, Research and Policy Associate, March 15, 2018
How can student affairs professionals leverage their resources and knowledge of human behavior to advance student success at scale while maintaining personalized connections with students? With access to more data and technology than ever before, campuses are implementing digital nudging interventions that are designed to fit intuitively with a student’s lifestyle. Through the combination of behavioral science and data analytics, these “smart” nudges go beyond reminders about assignments and deadlines. Similar to how companies like Netflix predict TV shows or movies that “you might also like” based on consumer data and algorithms, institutions can improve the quality of the student experience through personalized nudges delivered electronically and informed by student data or real-time responses. In this post RPI Research and Policy Associate Alexa Wesley discusses how smart nudges can provide students with guidance and messages of encouragement relevant to their specific concerns and circumstances.
By Nick DeSantis, March 15, 2018
Starting in 2014, the Obama Administration began publically disclosing information on colleges under Title IX investigation. The Chronicle of Higher Education has historically used this information for its Title IX tracker, which shows detailed information regarding current and past investigations. Since Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos took office, however, there has been a shift in the availability of information on cases. The Department of Education (ED) has rolled back its scope of Title IX investigations and Obama-Era guidance, and has been resolving them more quickly. This past January ED stopped releasing a weekly list of Title IX investigations and began publishing a list on its website, updated on the first Wednesday of each month. ED has been nonresponsive to requests from The Chronicle about information regarding cases that have been added or removed from the database. This past week, however, a department spokesperson provided The Chronicle with this statement: “OCR publishes the list of all cases under investigation as a public service. Users may determine new cases based on the ‘open investigation date.’ Should an investigation result in a resolution agreement with an institution, OCR typically publishes the agreement on its website as soon as it has been reviewed for privacy concerns and personally identifiable information, and other sensitive information has been removed. To search for resolution agreements, please visit OCR’s case resolution search engine online. OCR has no plans at this time to provide a further breakdown of the investigations data.”
By Elizabeth Redden, March 16, 2018
Inside Higher Education, notes that both The Wall Street Journal and Politico have reported the administration is considering visa restrictions for Chinese citizens as a possible punishment for violating American intellectual property laws. A visa restriction on Chinese students would greatly impact institutions with high international student populations, as China accounts for close to a third of international students on US campuses. China is also the country with which the US collaborates the most in for visiting scholars. These potential restrictions come during a time of ongoing alarm regarding dropping international student enrollment rates across the country. According to the National Science Foundation, international student enrollment rates have fallen by 2.2 percent for undergraduates and 5.5 percent for graduate students. Concerns in the drop of enrollment range from concern regarding potential long-term implications for the US scientific workforce and international competitiveness, to it being a sign that due to such policy restrictions like the travel ban, other countries now view the United States as an unwelcome, unsafe nation to send their students.
By Carolyn Phenicie, March 17, 2017
The 74 is an education non-profit, non-partisan organization that puts out a weekly update on education politics, focusing on meetings and hearings on the Capitol. The update provides information on this upcoming week, including scheduled testimony from Secretary DeVos on the Appropriations Committee, a hearing on apprenticeship initiatives for small businesses, and a House Education and the Workforce Committee forum on school safety on Tuesday. While the 74 focuses on K-12 education, these issues: the FY ’19 budget, apprenticeship programs, and school safety all impact current conversations in the higher education arena.
By Andrew Chung, March 19, 2018
Today, the Supreme Court has required Arizona to continue to issue driver’s licenses to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients despite the uncertainty of the future of the program. The DACA program is currently held in place, though still barring new individuals from applying, due to two federal court injunctions made weeks before the program was scheduled to expire. Since DACA was created in 2012, Arizona’s governor at the time, Jan Brewer, worked to prevent DACA recipients from being able to obtain driver’s licenses. The American Civil Liberties Union, sued Arizona on behalf of a group of DACA recipients denied licenses, and both the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals and now the Supreme Court have upheld the rights of DACA recipients, against the Arizona policy.
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. NJ S 705, reported out of Assembly Committee after a second reading on 03/12/18, would create a Transgender Equality Task Force to assess legal and societal barriers to equality and provide recommendations to legislature. HI HB 2139, re-referred to Committees on Education and the Judiciary on 03/12/18, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including gender identity expression in any state education program or activity. TN HB 2620, placed on the Civil Justice Subcommittee calendar for 03/21/2018 on 03/14/2018, expands 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 20 bills across 12 states regarding in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants. CA AB 3008, referred to the Committee on Higher Education on 03/12/2018, would provide an exemption for undocumented immigrants from paying nonresident tuition at public postsecondary institutions. NJ S 699, which was reported from the Senate Committee with Amendments for a second reading on 03/13/18, allows certain students, including undocumented immigrants who meet certain criteria to qualify for State student financial aid programs. TN HB 2429, which had sponsors added on 03/14/18, exempts certain undocumented students from paying out-of-state tuition at state institutions of higher education. TN HB 2582, which was placed on the Education Administration and Planning Subcommittee for 03/20/2018, would limit in-state tuition to Tennessee citizens. MD HB 1536, which had its first reading in the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee on 03/16/18, would exempt out-of-state tuition rates to eligible resident undocumented immigrants.
Guns on Campus:
Since the start of January, the Policy and Advocacy Team at NASPA has seen movement on 20 bills across 13 states. LA HB 271, which was read by title, rules suspended and referred to the Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice, would provide for the carrying of a concealed handgun on school property by certain teachers or administrators. NE LB 321, which was enacted and presented to the Governor on 03/15/2018, will amend allowable carry on college campuses to rifle, pistol, and shotgun discipline-focused teams.
Primary Sponsor: Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-MI) (Introduced 01/03/2017)
Latest Action: Mr. Cicilline asked under unanimous consent to assume first sponsorship of the bill, which was agreed to without objection on 03/14/2018
This bill amends the federal bankruptcy code to permit a borrower to discharge in bankruptcy a nonprofit, government, or private student loan, or an obligation to repay an educational benefit, scholarship, or stipend.
-A Rule by the Education Department on 03/14/2018
-Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education
Summary: “In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (Privacy Act), the Department of Education (the Department) publishes this notice of a new system of records entitled “Impact Study of Feedback for Teachers based on Classroom Videos (18-13-40).” This system contains individually identifying information provided by individuals and school districts who participate in the impact study. The information contained in the records maintained in this system will be used to conduct a rigorous study of the effectiveness of support to teachers based on their teaching practices within their classroom.”
-A Rule by the Education Department on 03/19/2018
-Office of Postsecondary Education, Historically Black Colleges and Universities Capital Financing Board, U.S. Department of Education
Summary: “This notice sets forth the agenda, time, and location of an upcoming open meeting of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Capital Financing Advisory Board (Board).”
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