By ACE and 19 other Associations including NASPA, August 07, 2017
These comments were submitted to the Department of Education in a response to a request from Joe Conaty, co-chair of the Agency Reform Task Force, for feedback from education stakeholders regarding Executive Order 13781.
By Amy Geist, August 3, 2017
In this post, NASPA Director of Strategic Initiatives Amy Geist, describes the current campus climate that poses challenges for students in financial crisis, and the true value of accessible emergency aid programs. NASPA continues to move the needle forward on emergency aid initiatives through the 2016 release of the Landscape Analysis of Emergency Aid Programs, an ongoing partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and conference presentations and discussions facilitated throughout the year.
By Elizabeth Mann, July 31, 2017
This toolkit offers guidance for community colleges to create a navigator for industry partners and practical steps for building relationships between colleges and industries.
Provided tips on using the free toolkit:
By Lauren Camera, August 2, 2017
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced in May that she was considering transitioning the federal student loan servicing process to the hands of a single student loan servicer, but the Department has now announced a shift in this plan. The Department will instead create a single processing platform to house student loan information, similar to the one-stop portal proposed during the Obama administration, and create another customer account which will be handled either by one or multiple contract servicers. Senator Elizabeth Warren has recently spearheaded bipartisan legislation aimed at preventing Secretary DeVos from assigning all federal student loans to a single company and the Department plans to receive comments from education stakeholders to collect additional feedback on what the new servicing system should look like moving forward.
By Jamal Eric Watson and Gia Savage, August 6, 2017
Last week the media reported that the Department of Justice (DOJ) going to look into the way that institutions handle affirmative action through the admission process. In response the DOJ issued a statement denying the allegations. The statement read “press reports regarding the personnel posting in the Civil Rights Division have been inaccurate…This Department of Justice has not received or issued any directive, memorandum, initiative, or policy related to university admissions in general. The Department of Justice is committed to protecting all Americans from all forms of illegal race-based discrimination.” The Supreme Court’s most recent ruling regarding affirmative action rollbacks in the case of Fisher vs. University of Texas reaffirmed affirmative action as constitutional and legal advocates weighing in see no reason for universities to change institutional policy at this time.
By Tom Gjelten, August 7, 2017
The Trump Administration has introduced legislation intended to revisit the 1965 Immigration Act, and immigration advocates view the proposal as an effort to restrict the number of non-white immigrants to the United States. The Immigration Act of 1965 discontinued a quota system previously used to allocate visas on the basis of national origin in which western European immigrants received preferential treatment. The new legislation would strive to end “chain migration” by prevent family sponsorship beyond spouses and minor children. Priority would instead be given based on a scorecard of certain identifying traits such as ability to speak English, income prospects, and job skills. These priorities are similar to those of immigration law prior to 1965 which limited entrance to non-white groups. The Last
In the past few weeks we have seen a rising debate in Texas through the anticipated re-introduction of anti-trans legislation in the July Special Session. Special Session is scheduled to start on July 18 and bills TX HB 46 and TX HB 50 have been filed. These bills mimic failed legislation HB 2899, a slightly more lenient form of the original TX SB 6 Bathroom Bill. TX HB 46 would forbid “political subdivisions, including a public school district” from adopting or enforcing measures to “protect a class of persons from discrimination” in regulating “access to multi-occupancy restrooms, showers or changing facilities.” HB 50 is identical except applying only to a school district board. 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. TX HB 46 and TX HB 50 were read for the first time in Special Session on 07/20/2017.
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. PA HB 14 was removed from the table on 06/22/2017. CA SB 54, a statewide sanctuary bill is in Assembly and was amended and passed the Committee on Judiciary and was re-referred to the Committee on Appropriation on 07/10/2017.
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, 16 bills are pending, 20 have failed, and 4 have been enacted, in AR, GA, and OK. GA HB 280 went into effect on 07/01/2017. CA AB 424 was ordered to a second reading by the Committee on Appropriations on 07/10/2017.
-Primary Sponsor: Rep. David Roe (R-TN) (Introduced 07/13/2017)
-Committees: House-Veterans’ Affairs; Armed Services
-Latest Action: 08/03/2017 Message on Senate action sent to the House (Passed both House and Senate and sent to be signed by the President)
Portion of NASPA Statement on the Forever GI Bill: [NASPA] is especially pleased to see holistic support measures for Veterans, given NASPA’s focus on both student success and college completion and inclusive opportunities for access and success in higher education. Measures to ensure Veteran students impacted by school closures retain their educational assistance are essential to protecting our Veteran’s from predatory institutions. Further, policies to provide educational counseling, assistance for long-distance independent study, and information on priority enrollment opportunities addresses unique challenges to Veteran students and creates pathways to success.
-Primary Sponsors: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) (introduced 08/02/2017)
-Senate- Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
-Latest Action: 08/02/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
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