By Sarice Greenstein, June 8, 2017
While campuses get better at condemning violence, responding to poor behavior, and supporting survivors, it is imperative they start to think how to expand the impact beyond student centers and residence halls. Here are five ways colleges and universities can focus their resources and energy to ensure campus efforts to end violence ripple throughout our society.
By Ben Miller, June 6, 2017
The Center for American Progress provides a helpful update on the current status of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) Institutions, which lost its right to act as a gatekeeper to financial aid programs since December 2016. Former ACICS institutions were given 18 months to find a replacement accreditor, and a series of deadlines to meet during this time in order to maintain access to financial aid. Of the 269 ACICS institutions, 199 are in the process of obtaining a new accreditor, 52 have already closed or are in the process of closing, 11 institutions have secured a new accreditor, and 7 risk losing financial aid. The next deadline to watch out for is October 2017 when the 199 campuses in the process of obtaining a new accreditor will have to show proof of having had a site visit with a new agency.
By Alyson Klein, June 6, 2017
President Trump’s nomination Peter Oppenheim to serve as assistant secretary for congressional affairs at the U.S. Department of Education will require Senate approval, but Secretary DeVos’s recent two appointments of Kimberly Richey as deputy assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services and Adam Kissel for deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs require no approval. Oppenheim is reported to be able to work across the aisle and now comprises one of two official nominees for a sub-cabinet post since the start of the new administration. Richey has experience working within the Department, having served from 2004 to 2009 as a counselor to the assistant secretary in the Office of Civil Rights. Kissel, conversely has been scrutinized for his work with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which has held a disproving stance on sexual misconduct procedures at universities. Advocates anticipate that his hiring could indicate rollbacks to Obama-era Title IX policies.
By Lauren Camera, June 7, 2017
By Elizabeth Mann, June 7, 2017
When questioned by Democrats on of anti-discrimination measures within private institutions at the Senate appropriations subcommittee last Tuesday, Secretary DeVos repeatedly responded that “schools that receive federal funds must follow federal law.” However, Secretary DeVos also received critiques and pushback from Republicans, concerning nearly every aspect of the Trump Administration education budget proposal. The GOP argued that the $9 billion in cuts proposed with greatly affect those students most vulnerable and that the states did not have the resources necessary to expand upon much needed programs. The budget does maintain funding for the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), although recent hires and rollbacks indicate that OCR may be affected regardless.
By Nick Roll, June 8, 2017
A state appeals court upheld the right for institutions to ban guns on campus, affirming a lower court’s ruling. The decision has come to a head during a growing debate around campus carry, and a national trend of state legislative rulings that limit similar bans. The case is likely to move to the State Supreme Court upon appeal.
By Laura Jarrett and Ariane de Vogue, June 12, 2017
After the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Maryland injunction against the revised travel ban, today the 9th Circuit Court similarly upheld Hawaii’s injunction. The rulings differ under the grounds of which the injunctions were upheld. While the 4th Circuit Court claimed the ban to be discriminatory through First Amendment rights, the 9th Circuit ruled by statutory claims under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act. The judges found that because President Trump was vocally condemning the six countries as dangerous rather than the 180 million nationals of those countries, he was unable to meet a precondition of “finding an alien or class of aliens that would be detrimental to the interests of the United States.” The decisions of both federal courts are expected to be brought to the Supreme Court.
In the past few 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, 16 bills are pending, 20 have failed, and 4 have been enacted, in AR, GA, and OK. ME LD 1370 (HP 949) failed on 06/07/2017. NC HB 746 passed a third reading on 06/08/2017.
-Primary Sponsor: Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) (Introduced 05/25/2017)
-Latest Action: 05/25/2017 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary
Bill Summary: To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to authorize certain aliens who have earned a Ph.D. degree from a United States institution of higher education in a field of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics to be admitted for permanent residence and to be exempted from the numerical limitations on H-1B nonimmigrants.
-Primary Sponsor: Sen. Robert Casey Jr. (D-PA) (Introduced 06/06/2017)
-Committees: Senate-Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
-Latest Action: 06/06/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
-Primary Sponsor: Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) (Introduced 05/04/2017)
-Latest Action: 06/07/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law
Bill Summary: This legislation aims to discharge those student loans of universities that have declared bankruptcy.
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