By Omari Burnside, November 2, 2017
We all could benefit from more thoughtful planning to better prepare for the work we undertake. Whether you are implementing a new departmental structure or system, spearheading an institution-wide program or series, or formulating and implementing a policy or process for your department, developing a simple plan with some core tenets can save you time, headaches, and undue stress. In Part II of the Success in Action Series NASPA Director of Strategic Initiatives, Omari Burnside asks key questions and provides guidance to achieve success through planning.
By Andrew Kreighbaum, November 3, 2017
The new tax plan released by House Republicans would include a 1.4 percent excise tax on college endowments at private universities affecting more than 150 universities. The legislation would negatively impact charitable contributions and end student loan interest rate deductions. Further by ending state and local income tax deductions, the bill might encourage public education spending cuts. The president of the American Council of Education, Ted Mitchell commented, "taken in its entirety, the House tax reform proposal released today would discourage participation in postsecondary education, make college more expensive for those who do enroll and undermine the financial stability of public and private, two-year and four-year colleges and universities."
By Chris Sosa, November 6, 2017
Inside sources have told Politico that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may be preparing to leave her position with the Department of Education. While just a rumor at this time, Thomas Toch, director of the independent education think tank Future Ed, stated, "I’ll tell you, in Washington education circles, the conversation is already about the post-DeVos landscape.” Politico found that Toch’s comments might be skewed due to personal biases, so the trustworthiness of this assessment may be in question.
By Jill Barshay, November 6, 2017
The US Department of Education College Scorecard tracks statistics for students who have dropped out and the overall debt these students have taken on. Estimates show a total of 3.9 million students with student loan debt dropped out between 2015 and 2016. Over 900,000 of these students came from for-profit institutions. Nearly 2.5 million had attended public institutions, exactly matching the share of public institutions students attend, 64 percent. Nonprofit colleges and universities had the lowest percent of dropouts at 13 percent while holding attendance rates at around 15 percent. Despite regulation rollbacks targeting for-profits, the Department of Education has continued to release data which highlights pitfalls of for-profit institutions.
By Nick Roll, November 6, 2017
Princeton University and Microsoft have filed a joint lawsuit against the Trump Administration for rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The lawsuit is part of a whole slew of litigation that has been filed in opposition of this decision. The core debate centers on the violation of the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection and the Administrative Procedure Act.
*Most states are not currently in session at this time*
While the Policy and Advocacy Team at NASPA has been watching for movement of TX HB 46 and TX HB 50 during Texas Special Session, both failed to move forward by the end date of 8/16/2017. 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 was identical except applying only to a school district board. In the past few months other states have retreated from the conversation. Additional bills of this kind are unlikely to be introduced during the 2016-2017 legislative session.
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 was approved by the Governor on 10/05/2017.
Guns on Campus:
Upwards of 17 states are considering legislation concerning guns on campus during the current session. In the 43 pieces of legislation the Policy and Advocacy Team is tracking, 18 bills are pending, 20 have failed, and 6 have been enacted, in AR, GA, OK and TX. GA HB 280 went into effect on 07/01/2017. TX SB 11 which will allow anyone over 21 with a gun license to conceal carry was enacted on 08/16/2017. CA AB 424 enacted by the Governor on 10/14/2017.
-Primary Sponsor: Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) (Introduced 10/31/2017)
-Committees: House-Education and the Workforce
-Latest Action: 10/31/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce
The Protecting Our Students and Taxpayers (POST) Act of 2017 is legislation that works to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to protect student taxpayers by changing the 90/10 rule to 85/15, mean that an institution cannot derive less than 15 percent of the institution’s revenues from sources other than Federal funds. This legislation is particularly relevant to military-connected students.
-Primary Sponsor: Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) (Introduced 11/02/2017)
-Committees: House – Ways and Means
-Latest Action: 11/02/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a bill designed to determine a budget resolution for 2018. As it stands, this legislation would decrease financial options for middle and low-income American families in their pursuit to attend postsecondary institutions.
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