January 30, 2018, 10AM EST
This is a hearing on “Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Accountability and Risk to Taxpayers”
January 30, 2018, 10AM EST
This is a hearing on “Protecting Privacy, Promoting Policy: Evidence-Based Policymaking and the Future of Education”
By Diana Ali, Policy Analyst, January 25, 2018
As outlined in NASPA blogpost “Borrower Protections: Update from November Borrower Defense Committee Meeting,” the implementation of key provisions of both gainful employment and the borrower defense to repayment rules were delayed by the Trump Administration, under Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s promise of a regulatory reset, until at least July 2018. Both rules are currently subjects of on-going negotiated rulemaking processes. This post by NASPA Policy Analyst, Diana Ali, will provide a summary of the first meeting of the Gainful Employment Negotiated Rulemaking Committee as well as updates on recent legislative activity related to the gainful employment rule.
By PostsecData and 22 organizations including NASPA, January 26, 2018
This letter urges NACIQI to support legislation such as the College Transparency Act, which would create a secure, federally held student-level data network which would address gaps in data accessibility.
By Andrew Kreighbaum, January 26, 2018
This past Thursday a three public interest law groups filed a lawsuit against the Education Department in an effort to reverse Title IX interim guidance released by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos last year. This lawsuit states that the new guidance discriminates against survivors of sexual assault and includes jarring stereotypes, citing statements made by Candice Jackson, Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of SurvJustice, Equal Rights Advocates, and the Victim Rights Law Center. “We will not accept Secretary DeVos making it harder for survivors to have equal access to education,” says Laura L. Dunn, executive director of SurvJustice. “We’ve heard directly from student survivors who are questioning whether it's even worth reporting sexual violence and abuse because of the new Title IX policy. We should be making it easier, not harder, for survivors to speak out, and we’re committed to fighting this unconstitutional action by the Trump administration.”
By Jeffrey J. Selingo, January 28, 2018
In this take on the future of higher education, Jeffrey Selingo of the Washington Post points out that high school graduation rates are projected to flatten and diversify over the course of a decade, heavily impacting the future of higher education. Further, the country is headed into a period of differences in growth by region. The South and West will contribute to growth in high school students over the next decade, while this demographic in the Northeast and Midwest is expected to decline. As higher education is largely a local market, students are likely to stay close to home, meaning that historically large markets of students in the Northeast and Midwest will likely see losses of 15 percent of more in college-going students. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported that 52 percent of private colleges and 44 percent of public colleges didn’t meet enrollment goals this past fall. Some schools may face closure as a result in this shift. Further, the changes in demand may result in more institutional competition to get students to enroll, which may result in more financial incentives overall.
By Sarah Brown, January 28, 2017
Michigan State University is now dealing with the fallout of the horrific sexual assault scandal that came out against former national medical coordinator for USA Gymnastics, Larry Nassar. Last week students on campus marched to protest the institution’s response to the accusations, carrying banners with the names of the 156 individuals who read accounts of their abuse. Students cheered when the verdict was reached, sentencing Nassar to at least 40 years in prison for his crimes, and when the university’s president Lou Anna K. Simon stepped down shortly thereafter. For others, Simon’s resignation wasn’t enough, and the university will now have to take up the charge to enact real cultural changes on campus. Through their efforts to draft a statement of protest, faculty leaders expressed that “there are just no words.”
By Tal Kopan, January 29, 2018
After months of negotiations and messaging on immigration policy, the future of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program remains uncertain. Lawmakers continue to work toward a deal for the DACA program, but Republicans and Democrats still struggle to reach an agreement. This past week the Trump Administration released a proposed framework for a deal which along with protecting DACA included a path to citizenship for 1.8 million undocumented immigrants, but also included substantial cuts to legal immigration, increased enforcement, and nearly $25 billion to fund the wall and border security. Democrats found the framework to be “cruel,” while Republicans saw it as “amnesty.” Before the release of the framework advocacy groups were hoping for a compromise that traded border security for DACA without the inclusion of aggressive immigration measures. At this point the option that seems most likely is for Congress to pair a temporary extension of DACA with government funding, including some border security, and punt a longer-term deal into an indefinite future.
Since the start of the 2018 State Legislative Session, the Policy and Advocacy Team at NASPA has seen movement on eight bills in six states. TN HB 1488 as introduced on 01/17/2018, expands the attorney general and reporter's duties to include representation of a local education agency arising out of the adoption of a policy requiring students, faculty, and staff to utilize the restroom, locker room, or other facility that corresponds to that individual's biological sex. OK SB 1223, scheduled for a first reading on 02/05/2018 creates the Oklahoma Privacy Accommodation Act; requiring school districts to provide reasonable accommodations to trans students. OK SB 2150, scheduled for a first reading on 02/05/2018 prevents local jurisdictions from expanding anti-discrimination policies to religious organizations.
Since the start of the 2018 State Legislative Session, the Policy and Advocacy Team at NASPA as observed movement on two bills in two states. MS HB 1508, which was referred to Universities and Colleges; Judiciary B on 01/15/2018, and known as "The Mississippi First Higher Education Act"; works to remove those policies which support affirmative action, multiculturalism and sanctuary of undocumented immigrants.
In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants
Since the start of the 2018 State Legislative Session, NASPA’s Policy and Advocacy Team has seen movement on nine bills across seven states regarding in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants. VA SB 237, passed by indefinitely in the Senate Education and Health Committee on 01/18/2018, states that absent congressional intent to the contrary, that any individual currently granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has the capacity to intend to remain in the Commonwealth indefinitely and is therefore eligible to establish domicile and receive in-state tuition charges at any public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth.
Guns on Campus:
Since the start of January, the Policy and Advocacy Team at NASPA has seen movement on ten bills in nine states. NE LB 321, which was placed on select file on 01/23/2018, would change provisions relating to unlawful possession of a firearm at a school. MO HB 1936, referred to the House General Laws Committee on 01/24/2018 allows modified provisions relating to the concealed carrying of firearms. SC H 4709, referred to the House Judiciary Committee on 01/24/2018 aims to revise the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, provision that prohibits the carrying of a concealable weapon into certain locations. OK SB 1159, scheduled for a first reading on 02/05/2018 would authorize handgun licensees to carry on certain school property. FL HB 621 which was referred to the PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee on 01/25/2018, would allow designated individuals to carry firearms on elementary, middle, secondary, and postsecondary school campuses.
-Primary Sponsor: Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-6) (Introduced 1/10/2018)
-Committees: House - Judiciary; Education and the Workforce; Homeland Security; Foreign Affairs; Ways and Means; Armed Services; Oversight and Government Reform; Agriculture; Transportation and Infrastructure; Natural Resources
-Latest Action: 01/24/2018 Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security
This bill would authorize funding for the construction of a border wall and require the use of a biometric Entry-Exit system at all ports of entry. It also calls for an additional 5,000 Border Patrol agents and 5,000 Customs and Border Protection officers.
-Primary Sponsor: Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL-11) (Introduced 1/19/2018)
-Committees: House-Education and the Workforce
-Latest Action: 01/19/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce
This legislation would allow students to include graduated and extended payments into their Public Service Load Forgiveness (PSLF) eligibility given they switch to a plan that is PSLF eligible such as income-based or standard repayment, within five years of gaining full time employment with a PSLF eligible organization. The bill would incentivize students to research repayment options earlier on in their career path.
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