What You Need to Know About the Gainful Employment Rule Rescission
As part of ongoing efforts by the Trump administration to roll back regulations across the federal government, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has opened a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to rescind the gainful employment regulations established during the Obama administration. The proposal has been expected for some time and follows previous delays and the reopening of negotiated rulemaking in late 2017 and early 2018.
While the gainful employment rule has perceived flaws, the proposal by Secretary DeVos to remove it entirely without providing for an alternative regulatory framework has drawn criticism from higher education leaders and student advocacy groups. It is the role of the federal government to protect the interests of students and safeguard federal investment in financial aid programs by creating and enforcing an appropriate regulatory framework governing institutional performance and outcomes. The history of the gainful employment rule has been tumultuous and sorting through the differing perspectives among institutions, advocates, and researchers can be difficult. This post by NASPA director of policy research and advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds will summarize some of the major concerns and promises of the gainful employment rule to help inform those who may wish to respond to the call for comment, which closes on September 13, 2018.
What You Need to Know About Borrower Defense to Repayment
At the tail end of June, the Department of Education (ED) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on borrower defense to repayment (BDR) an opened a 30-day public comment period. The proposal would reduce the amount of and increase eligibility criteria for relief available for defrauded borrowers. The call for public comment will close on August 30, 2018. This post will provide a brief history of the BDR regulations, including an initial analysis of the new proposed rule. We strongly encourage NASPA members to engage their institutional leadership in conversations about submitting comments on the new proposed BDR rule. NASPA's policy and advocacy staff is working to review the proposed rule in its entirety and will be drafting sample text to distribute to our members next week so that they or their institutional leadership can incorporate it into their own comments.
#SAadvocates Go To The Fair: Engaging with Candidates
As the arrival of August signals the inevitable end of summer and return of students to campuses, it is also a time of county and state fairs across the country. Whether you are attending a fair to work a table for your institution and share information about the contributions your campus makes to your community and region or taking some well-deserved time with your family, fairs provide a great excuse to gather with our neighbors. County and state fairs also often offer unique opportunities to meet and talk with candidates for local, state, and federal elections in a more relaxed and un-scripted environment. If you are heading out to your county or state fair and interested in determining where the candidates in your area stand on issues related to higher education, this post by NASPA Director of Policy Research and Advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds will provide some background and tips to get your conversations started.
The Space Between Controversy with Civility and Civic Action
The CLDE Theory of Change highlights Civic Action and Agency, specifically the ability to work across difference to actively respond to social challenges, which frequently includes taking risks, challenging policy, and questioning institutional practice. It speaks to the diversity of religion, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and the significance of recognizing the unique talent, skills, and experience that unique individuals bring to the process of global change. In many ways, the Theory of Change emphasizes the same components of the Social Change Model (collaboration, consciousness of self, commitment, common purpose), however it has the capacity to deepen the application and understanding of these concepts through a more critical lens.
Tempered Radicals, Social Entrepreneurs, and Cookie Bakers
Tempered Radicals, describe those professionals who maintain multiple, sometimes conflicting, commitments to their constituents and to social justice ideals (Dostilio, 2017, p. 16). These radicals are adept at holding conflict in one hand and leveraging relationships, priorities, and resources in the other. The one-day service during orientation is one such example. One-day events may not be as axis shifting as other high impact practices, but that does not mean they are not without merit.
Don’t Look Away: Digging Deep with Political Dialogue
This is an incredible time to be alive. Our political system in the United States is in a state of tremendous change, impacting lives within and beyond our man made borders. We are inundated with news from sources both credible and questionable, social media posts that often reinforce our existing echo chambers or ruffle our feathers, and conversations with colleagues and friends about how to be engaged without feeling overwhelmed.