May 22, 2018, 10 a.m. EST, 2175 Rayburn House Office Building or Live Stream
Full Committee hearing on “Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education.”
By the American Council on Education (ACE) and 12 other higher education associations including NASPA, May 14, 2018
ACE and 12 other higher education associations including NASPA, submitted comments to the Department of State regarding proposed changes for nonimmigrant visas. The new rule would affect 710,000 immigrant visa applicants and 14 million non-immigrant visa applicants, including those who want to come to the U.S. for business or education. In the past, social media, email, and phone number, were only required for those applicants identified for extra scrutiny and around 65,000 people per year fell into that category. If the new requirements are approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), applications for all visa types would require the applicant to provide the number of social media account names they have had on them over the span of the last five years.
By Teri Lyn Hinds, May 17, 2018
Though not articulated until the 1960s, the one-person, one-vote principle is considered foundational to our representative democracy, echoing in the minds of many the desire of the founding fathers to create a nation “of the people, by the people, for the people”. With the 2020 Census looming, and subsequent mandatory redistricting in all states with more than one congressional district, concerns around ensuring both a complete and accurate census and fair and balanced electoral districts are rising. This post by NASPA director of policy research and advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds explains the relationship between the decennial census and the redistricting process and highlight current threats to ensuring fair representation for everyone in the United States.
By Department of Education Press Release, May 17, 2018
According to the Education Department, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is “launching a new technical assistance initiative to assist schools, districts, state education agencies, libraries, colleges and universities in making their websites and online programs accessible to individuals with disabilities.
Through webinars, OCR will provide information technology professionals vital information on website accessibility, including tips for making their online programs accessible. The initiative announced today, on Global Accessibility Awareness Day, builds on OCR’s history of providing technical assistance on this issue to hundreds of stakeholders.”
By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, May 21, 2018
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) under the Department of Education is investigating a Title IX complaint that Yale University discriminates against men. The complaint was filed by Kursat Christoff Pekgoz, a doctoral student at the University of Southern California who argues that since 56 percent of college students are women, women are no longer an underrepresented group and Yale programs and scholarships that advantage women go against the federal statute. A Department spokeswoman along with Yale University refused to respond to questions or meet for an interview. Yale “is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of sex in all its programs,” a spokesman, Thomas Conroy, wrote in an email.
By Alam Fram, May 21, 2018
Last week House Republicans found themselves five GOP votes away from a forced vote on bipartisan immigration legislation. The legislation that would be up for vote include: the Goodlatte bill which would provide temporary status for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, the DREAM Act which would provide a path to citizenship, the USA Act which would provide quicker legalization for DACA recipients with limits on family sponsorships, and a fourth measure which would be up to House Speaker Paul Ryan to decide. Yesterday House Republicans searched for a compromise to avoid the vote from happening. However, if moderate Republicans are able to find the five more votes for the discharge petition, a vote could occur no earlier than late June.
By Eric Kelderman, May 21, 2018
New America released its second annual survey of views on higher education on Monday, showing that of 1,600 respondents, individuals show deep support for community colleges and a belief that a college degree leads to better job opportunities than a high-school diploma. The survey shows a nuanced view based on party lines. The latest survey found that 78 percent of Republicans had a positive view of colleges near them, compared with 84 percent of Democrats. Also, 60 percent of Republicans were comfortable using taxes to support higher education.
Since the start of the 2018 State Legislative Session, the Policy and Advocacy Team at NASPA has seen movement on 22 bills across 12 states. This summary includes changes observed concerning tracked legislation over the past week. KS HB 2171, which died in Committee on 05/14/2018, would have limited bathroom and facility use access in public schools and enable the attorney general to take legal action if they didn’t. OH HB 658, which was introduced on 05/15/2018, would prohibit the court from using a parent, guardian, or custodian’s refusal to allow a child to undergo gender-based treatment as a basis for determining custody of the child.
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. Over the past week, NJ S 699 was enacted on 05/09/2018, and will extend financial aid to undocumented immigrants who also qualify for in-state 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. LA HB 602 which was enrolled and signed by the Speaker of the House on 05/18/2018, will allow Louisianians with concealed carry permits to be granted more places to bring their firearm, preventing administrators from issuing uniform bans across school grounds.
-Primary Sponsors: Rep. Mac Thornberry
-Committees: House—Armed Services
-Latest Action: 05/21/2018 Rules Committee Resolution provides for one hour of general debate and makes an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-70 considered as adopted.
This amendment would create Education Savings Accounts for military-connected families using funding from the federal Impact Aid program. A vote to allow the amendment will be decided during general debate.
-A Notice by the Management and Budget Office on 05/15/2018
-Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget
Summary: “Pursuant to section 1014(d) of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974, enclosed for publication in the Federal Register is a special message from the President reflecting the proposals for rescission under section 1012 of that Act that were transmitted to the Congress for consideration on May 8, 2018. In total, these proposals would rescind $15.4 billion in budget authority. These proposed rescissions affect programs of the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, and the Treasury, as well as the Corporation for National and Community Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Railroad Retirement Board, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. If enacted, these rescissions would decrease Federal outlays in the affected accounts by an estimated $3.0 billion; this would have a commensurate effect on the Federal budget deficit and the national economy, and would result in less borrowing from the Federal Treasury.”
-A Notice by the Education Department on 05/17/2018
-Federal Student Aid, Department of Education
Summary: “The Secretary announces the annual updates to the tables used in the statutory Federal Need Analysis Methodology that determines a student's expected family contribution (EFC) for award year (AY) 2019-20 for student financial aid programs, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Numbers 84.063, 84.033, 84.007, 84.268, 84.408, and 84.379. The intent of this notice is to alert the financial aid community and the broader public to these required annual updates used in the determination of student aid eligibility.”
-A Notice by the Education Department on 05/21/2018
-Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), Department of Education (ED)
Summary: “On May 3, 2018, we published in the Federal Register a notice inviting pre-applications and applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Emergency Assistance to Institutions of Higher Education Program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.938T. This notice corrects the Application and Submission Instructions.”
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