By Sarice Greenstein, April 13, 2017
These six questions can help your campus think beyond federal compliance and focus on a strategy for mobilizing to effectively and proactively address sexual violence on campus.
Published By American Council on Education, April 5, 2017
NASPA signed onto this letter to urge congressional leaders to finalize FY 2017 appropriations in an effort to allow time to restore year-round Pell during the 115th Congressional Session. The letter also opposed cuts to the Department of Education (ED) as proposed by the new administration.
Published By American Council on Education, April 12, 2017
NASPA, along with 25 other higher education associations signed onto a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos regarding the temporary removal of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) data retrieval tool (DRT).
Published By Workforce Data Quality Campaign, April 13, 2017
NASPA signed onto this letter with other higher education associations in support of a federal postsecondary student data system.
By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, April 11, 2017
This past week, DeVos withdrew a number of policy memos issues be the Obama administration regarding borrower protection and lender accountability. According to DeVos, while borrower protections are important, the objectives of the previous administration were inconsistent. She was withdrawn the memos to address perceived deficiencies. Protections included routine audits of lender records, streamlined information availability, and feedback portals.
By Rick Seltzer, April 12, 2017
According to a 2003 Brookings report, every dollar increase in state Medicaid spending can be correlated with a cut in higher education by 6 or 7 cents. This conversation corresponds with recent proposed healthcare reform which would transfer costs to the states. Policymakers predict increases in state funding for Medicaid would negatively impact state higher education funding. However cutting Medicaid coverage would not necessarily alleviate funding pressures on universities either. University hospitals are some of the largest healthcare providers, so in that sense better healthcare oftentimes benefits institutions of higher education.
By Ingrid Schroeder, April 12, 2017
Legislators are currently engaging in conversation around both tax reform and reauthorizing the Higher Education Act. These conversations are actually highly related. Ingrid Schroeder, Director of Fiscal Federalism Initiatives for The Pew Charitable Trusts, discusses how federal tax policy interacts with higher education spending in this opinion piece.
By Andrew Kreigbaum, April 13, 2017
In a recent Department of Education press release, Secretary DeVos announced the hiring of 9 senior staff members. One of the most controversial was the appointment of Candice Jackson, a staunch anti-Clinton lawyer, as deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Anti-oppression activists argue that Jackson knows little regarding civil rights work, and have expressed concerns for what this means for the future of Title IX.
This past week, we have not seen movement regarding discriminatory “bathroom” legislation. The last movement on these bills occurred just over two weeks ago. AR SB 774 was recommended for study on the interim committee on senate committee on the judiciary on 03/29/2017. TN HB 888 added a sponsor on 03/30/2017. MT HB 609 missed the deadline for referendum proposal transmittal on 03/31/2017. IL HB 664 was re-referred to the rules committee on 03/31/2017. During this legislative session, 16 states have introduced “bathroom bills,” with bills having failed to pass in SD, WY, and TN.
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 sanctuary legislation that extends to college campuses. Of this legislation, 5 pieces (all in MS) have failed, and 19 are pending, with 3, NJ, CA, and IN having passed the 2nd chamber. IN SB 423 has passed the House, and the Senate concurred in house amendments on 04/11/2017. TN HB 271 has been deferred from the state government subcommittee calendar to the first calendar of 2018 on 04/12/2017. TX SB 4 was considered in a public hearing in the house on 04/12/2017.
Guns on Campus:
Around 14 states are considering legislation concerning guns on campus. We see recent movement in OK, CA, GA, SC, and AR. SC H 3930 was read and considered for the first time in the senate on 04/11/2017.
Congress is not currently in session, but will reconvene next week.