American Council on Education and 16 other higher education associations including NASPA, September 25, 2018
These comments sent to the House of Representatives urges the House to pass the spending bill which includes increases to the maximum Pell Grant award, TRIO and GEAR Up, Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), and Perkins Career and Technical Education grants. Comments also express certain reservations with the legislation, such as the reduction to Pell Grant funding over time.
By Diana Ali, policy analyst, September 27, 2018
NASPA’s Student ARC explores how creating programs for emergency aid funding as one important way that institutions can connect students with immediate services they need and help them stay on the path to degree completion. The emergency aid conversation fits into a larger, complex policy conversation around meeting the needs of low-income students. This post by NASPA policy analyst, Diana Ali, provides a peek into the federal policy landscape unto where federal and institutional policies meet regarding low-income students.
By Patricia Hurtado and Janet Lorin, Bloomberg, September 26, 2018
Yale has indicated that it too, in addition to Harvard is under scrutiny by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in regards to enrollment discrimination against Asian-American applicants. This probe comes three weeks before the Harvard defends its civil lawsuit, accused of discrimination through the use of a personal rating system of Asian American candidates. Yale President Peter Salovey has responded that, “Yale College could fill its entire entering class several times over with applicants who reach the 99th percentile in standardized testing and who have perfect high school grade point averages. We take into consideration a multitude of factors, including their academic achievement, interests, demonstrated leadership, background, success in taking maximum advantage of their secondary school and community resources, and the likelihood that they will contribute to the Yale community and the world.”
By Fara A. Cohen, The Legal Intelligencer, September 27, 2018
From a legal perspective Fara Cohen, Griesing Law Associate, considers that regardless of upcoming changes to Title IX guidelines, definitions of what constitutes harassment, abuse, or violence vary by jurisdiction so institutions must learn how laws are applied at a state-level. Cohen pays close attention to the impact recent media attention may have on college sports, sports-related scandals, and the importance for institutions to implement prevention programs for athletes, coaches, students, and faculty.
By Patricia Zengerle, Reuters, September 28, 2018
Congress made it too costly for President Trump to risk vetoing the fiscal year 2019 spending bill that came to his desk last Thursday, which led to him signing it on Friday, increasing funds to the Department of Education (ED) and averting the threat of a federal government shutdown until December. Congress has not passed full-year appropriations for every department, but the massive spending bill included a continuing resolution, keeping temporary funding in flow until at least December 7. President Trump had originally threatened a government shutdown should funding for the US-Mexico border wall not be included in the legislation, but decided against this after the measure passed both the House and the Senate.
By Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed, October 1, 2018
Two years ago the Department of Education (ED) discredited the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Universities (ACICS) for their lax oversight and failure to meet accrediting compliance standards. The decision had a substantial impact on the many institutions accredited under ACICS who now had 18 months to find a new accreditor and retain their federal aid eligibility. The Trump administration initially backed the agency’s termination, but then reversed this decision after finding that the Obama administration had failed to consider all relevant evidence in the termination process. ED then gave ACICS a year to come into full compliance, and the Department has now determined that the accrediting agency has made major improvements.
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-Primary Sponsor: Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) (Introduced 06/20/2018)
-Latest Action: 09/27/2018 Presented to President Trump, and signed on 9/28/2018
Last week, the House passed a compromised combined “minibus” bill for Departments of Defense, Labor, Health, and Human Services. The agreement proceeded forward to President Trump’s desk and was signed on September 28. The bill includes a continuing resolution which extends temporary funding for any agency facing a funding lapse until December 7.
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-A Notice by the State Department on 09/25/2018
Summary: This public notice provides information on how to apply for the DV-2020 Program and is issued pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act. The Department of State annually administers the statutorily-mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants,” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For fiscal year 2020, 50,000 diversity visas (DVs) will be available. There is no cost to register for the DV Program.
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