NASPA POLICY PUBLICATIONS:
By Laura E. Sponsler, March 29, 2017
To support creative assignment development and to provide an example of how NASPA resources can support faculty, this blog shares an innovative assignment conducted as part of an introductory student affairs course in the University of Denver's Morgridge College of Education, Higher Education Master's Program. The NASPA VPSA (Vice President for Student Affairs) Census Praxis Project connects two valuable resources in our field: the NASPA VPSA Census and emerging student affairs professionals in graduate preparation programs.
IN THE NEWS:
By Lydia Wheeler, March 27, 2017
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce urged Secretary DeVos to notify students that the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DTR) on fafsa.gov was temporarily unavailable. The tool was revoked by the IRS in response to privacy concerns and the Federal Student Aid Call Center has been receiving an influx of calls and concerns regarding student loan application completion.
By ED Press Office, March 29, 2017
In response to the new Executive Order, Secretary DeVos stated, "There is an opioid epidemic facing our country, and the impact on our children is very real. In the last 24 hours, it was reported that a man overdosed on opioids and crashed his car into a pole with a toddler in the vehicle. This is but one example of the tens of thousands of opioid overdoses harming communities nationwide. This crisis is real and is tearing families apart.
"I applaud the President for convening today's listening session, and for establishing the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis as a productive first step to better serve those suffering from addiction and the victims impacted by this crisis."
By Nicole Chavez and Rosa Flores, March 29, 2017
One of four DACA recipients in good standing to ever be detained, Daniel Ramirez Medina was finally released after posting a $15,000 bond. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had issued a statement accusing Ramirez of being gang-affiliated and having admitted his own guilt. Ramirez’s attorneys denied both the admittance and gang involvement. Other DACA recipients arrested include Emmanuel Ayala Frutos, Francisco J. Rodriguez, and Daniela Vargas, who was in the process of DACA renewal.
By Paul Fain, March 29, 2017
The Center for American Progress released a report detailing that 12 of the largest accrediting agencies are missing sufficient capacity to properly monitor the colleges they oversee. The Heritage Foundation also released a report on accreditation recommending federal loans to be issued under the terms of Stafford Loans, and removed from the accreditation process.
ED Press Office, March 30, 2017
The Department of Education Press Office acknowledged that applying for financial aid has become more difficult in light of the temporary lack of the Data Retrieval Tool on fafsa.gov and StudentLoans.gov. The notification gives information on alternative methods for filling out the FAFSA and how the IRS is taking additional steps to protect taxpayers.
By, Craig Jarvis, April 2, 2017
Advocates are dissatisfied with the new law that repeals NC HB2, primarily due to the continuance of local non-discrimination policy restrictions that were a part of the previous law. Currently, along with NC, AR and TN have local non-discrimination policy restrictions. While AR and TN did not receive the same backlash as NC, the constitutionality of the laws have been questioned.
This past week, we’ve seen movement in AR, TN, MT, and IL regarding discriminatory “bathroom” legislation. 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 7 states consider 13 pieces of anti-sanctuary campus legislation. Of this legislation, 4 pieces (all in MS) have failed, and 9 are pending, with bills in AR, MS, IN, and TX, having made it passed the first chamber. MS SB 2710 was enacted on 03/27/2017. TN HB 271 was placed on the hearing committee calendar for the State Government Subcommittee for 04/05/2017. TN SB 155 was placed on the Senate State and Local Government Committee calendar for 04/04/2017. IN SB 423 has gone through the House and has passed through a second reading as of 03/30/2017.
Guns on Campus:
Around 14 states are considering legislation concerning guns on campus. We see recent movement in OK, TX, GA, SC, and AR. OK SB 43 was up for a second reading and referred to the Judiciary on 03/27/2017. TX HB 375 was scheduled for a public hearing on 03/28/2017. GA HB 280 passed the Senate into the House on 03/30/2017. The debate was adjourned until 04/04/2017 for SC H 3930. AR SB 724 passed the House and was delivered to the governor on 03/31/2017.
-Sponsor: Luke Messer (R-IN) (Introduced 03/28/2017)
-Committees: House-Ways and Means
-Latest Action: 03/10/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means
A bill introduced to append the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude room and board costs and certain research expenses from gross income of certain students.