By IHEP and the support of 70+ Organizations, May 23, 2017
NASPA signed on in support of higher education transparency legislation through the College Transparency Act of 2017.
By Teri Lyn Hinds, May 25, 2017
While it seems early to many to be thinking already about the 2018 midterm election cycle, Monday’s Supreme Court decision in Cooper v. Harris to overturn the redistricting in two North Carolina districts stands as a reminder of the importance of the gubernatorial races in 2018 and their impact on the political landscape for the next decade or more. This blog by NASPA Director of Policy Research and Advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds will briefly explore the history of redistricting in the US, touch on current conversations around racial and partisan gerrymandering, and set the stage for the importance of the 2018 gubernatorial elections and the 2020 Census in determining the course of our political future through 2032.
By Diana Ali, June 1, 2017
With the release of the Fiscal ‘18 budget proposal, and the school-year drawing to a close, international students and undocumented immigrants are met with new uncertainties and challenges. Policy Analyst Diana Ali revisits some of the key issues and discusses how students and the campus community may be impacted during the summer months.
By Andrew Kreighbaum, May 24, 2017
The May Fiscal ’18 budget proposal, a fleshed out version of March’s “Skinny Budget,” once again targets those most vulnerable on campus. With the goal of cutting costs, the Trump administration proposed cuts to a number of financial aid program including: Perkins Loan, the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) program, Federal Work-Study, TRIO, and Gear UP. Further, the proposed budget includes cuts to research programs such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Energy Office of Science. The proposal also works to move towards a streamlined Income-Driven-Repayment Plan that would end Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) and reinstate the year-round Pell program, but only after taking nearly $4 billion from the Pell surplus.
By Andrew Kreighbaum, May 25, 2017
Secretary Betsy DeVos received some scrutiny during her last hearing at the House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee regarding the students promised loan forgiveness from closing for-profit universities. In response she promised that loan forgiveness would be made to those whom commitments have been made. With recent deregulation of lender accountability measures, policymakers have been relentlessly questioning DeVos for an update on borrower-defense claims from the defrauded universities, and this hearing was her first commentary on the matter.
By Elizabeth Redden and Scott Jaschik, May 26, 2017
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to lift a Maryland injunction placed on the revised Travel Ban Executive Order, finding it to be discriminatory and in violation of the religious freedom clause of the First Amendment. The case is expected to go to the Supreme Court, where a Summer hearing is unlikely, but may occur, leaving international students on campus fearing potential risks. Analysts predict that the case may not fall down party lines, as both conservative and liberal justices tend to condemn violations of religion freedom.
By Ed Kilgore, May 30, 2017
While the much anticipated case of Gavin Grimm vs. Gloucester County has been pushed back to the 4th Circuit, a recent decision declaring that anti-discrimination protections extend to trans individuals made by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals may set a new precedent. This may be an additional avenue, if brought to the Supreme Court in order to instill trans protections through Title IX.
By Julianne Hing, June 1, 2017
TX SB 4, which passed in May and is set to take effect in September of this year, has received staunch pushback from the public at every step of its passage through the Texas State Legislature. The new law is compared to other anti-immigrant legislation such as AZ SB 1070 which allowed for racial profiling by local law enforcement and CA Prop. 187 which worked to ban undocumented immigrants from accessing public services. SB 4 allows law enforcement to inquire about immigration status upon any kind of arrest or stop of an individual and turn over this information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Further, the law prevents local agencies or municipalities from creating sanctuary policies that may prevent law enforcement, including campus police, from doing so.
By Education Department Press Office, June 2, 2017
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool which was temporarily suspended is now available for borrowers applying for an income-driven repayment plan and will be returned to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on October 1, 2017. Student Borrowers who use the income-driven repayment plan feature will be able to transfer tax return information into the income-driven repayment plan application in a streamlined fashion.
In the past two weeks we have seen a rising debate in Texas through an anti-trans amendment to TX SB 2078. In the past few months other states have retreated from the conversation. So far, 16 states have introduced bathroom bills during the 2017-2018 state legislative sessions. Legislation has failed in AL, AR,KY, MT, SD, VA, and WY. WA HB 1011 was reintroduced through a resolution and retained in present status on 05/23/2017. The “bathroom bill” amendment attached to TX SB 2078 passed in the House on 05/22/2017, but the Senate has refused to concur on the amendment as of 05/26/2017.
In the past few months, we have seen 11 states consider 18 pieces of anti-sanctuary legislation that would affect college campuses. 6 states have introduced (pro) sanctuary legislation that extends to college campuses. Of this legislation, 9 pieces have failed, and 15 are pending, and 4 have been enacted. LA HB 676 was read a second time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary on 05/22/2017.
Guns on Campus:
Upwards of 17 states are considering legislation concerning guns on campus during the current session. In the 40 pieces of legislation the Policy and Advocacy Team is tracking, 17 bills are pending, 19 have failed, and 4 have been enacted, in AR, GA, and OK. NC HB 746 was re-referred to the Committee on Finance on 05/31/2017. ME LD 1370 (HP 949) has been tabled pending on the acceptance of a report on 06/01/2017. CA AB 424 was referred to the Committee on Public Safety on 06/01/2017. GA HB 280 will be put into effect on 07/01/2017.
-Primary Sponsor: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) (Introduced 05/25/2017)
-Committees: House-Education and the Workforce; Armed Services; Veterans’ Affairs
-Latest Action: 05/25/2017 Referred to the House Veterans’ Affairs
-Primary Sponsor: Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) (Introduced 05/25/2017)
-Committees: House-Education and the Workforce
-Latest Action: 05/25/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce
-A rule by the Education Department on 05/23/2017
-Office of the Postsecondary Education, Department of Education (ED)
Summary: The Department of Education is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2017 for the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.335A. The CCAMPIS Program supports the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education through provision of campus-based child care services.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Historically Black Colleges and Universities Master's Degree Program
-A notice by the Education Department on 05/30/2017
-Comment period that ends on 06/29/2017
-Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), Department of Education (ED)
In Summary: The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 amended Title VII, Subpart 4 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to add a new master's degree program to advance educational opportunities for African Americans. Title VIII, Part AA, Section 897 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), authorizes and appropriates mandatory funding totaling $11.5 million annually for the master's degree program at HBCUs to provide grants to eligible institutions in this program for fiscal years (FY) 2009 through 2014. The new mandatory funding allocated for FY 2017 is $7,500,000. The Historically Black Colleges and Universities master's degree (HBCU-M) program authorizes the Department of Education (the Department) to award grants to specified institutions that the Department determines are making a substantial contribution to graduate education opportunities for African Americans at the master's level in mathematics, engineering, the physical or natural sciences, computer science, information technology, nursing, allied health or other scientific disciplines. This program provides grants for up to six years to establish or strengthen qualified master's degree programs in these fields at eligible institutions.
-Notice by the Education Department on 05/30/2017
-Institute of Education Sciences, Department of Education (ED)
In Summary: The Institute's purpose in awarding these grants is to provide national leadership in expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding of (1) developmental and school readiness outcomes for infants and toddlers with or at risk for a disability, and (2) education outcomes for all students from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education. The Institute's research grant programs are designed to provide interested individuals and the general public with reliable and valid information about education practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all students. These interested individuals include parents, educators, students, researchers, and policymakers. In carrying out its grant programs, the Institute provides support for programs of research in areas of demonstrated national need.
-Notice by the Education Department on 06/02/2017
-Comment period that ends on 08/01/2017
-Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Education (ED)
In Summary: The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 amended Title III, Part A of the Higher Education Act to include Section 318—the Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) Program. The PBI Program makes 5-year grant awards to eligible colleges and universities to plan, develop, undertake and implement programs to enhance the institution's capacity to serve more low- and middle-income Black American students; to expand higher education opportunities for eligible students by encouraging college preparation and student persistence in secondary school and postsecondary education; and to strengthen the financial ability of the institution to serve the academic needs of these students.