American Council on Education (ACE), May 2, 2017
NASPA expresses support along with 36 other higher education associations for the parts of the FY 17 budget resolution that uplifts institutions of higher education. This includes a restoration of year-round Pell Grants and a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health.
By Teri Lyn Hinds, May 4, 2017
Since the 2016 election season, political activism and awareness seems to be on the rise. Our representative democracy functions best when citizens participate, so increased collective interest in how our government works and how to participate in it are definitely good, even when they bring into sharp focus the depth of political divisions in our nation. No matter where your opinions and positions fall on any social or political spectrum, understanding the basics of how our government works, including the role that political parties play, will help you be more effective in adding your voice to our national discourse. If you’re relatively new to the policy world or just need a quick refresher, this post from Teri Lyn Hinds, NASPA Director of Policy Research & Advocacy, provides a brief overview of our representative democracy and your role in it.
By Elaine Kamarck, April 30, 2017
In this take on the President’s first 100 days, Elaine Kamarck postulates the effect of Donald Trump’s temperament on current evaluations and consumer ratings. She notes that in reality, the “first 100 days is a stupid and arbitrary market in a presidency.”
By Ben Barrett & Amy Laitinen, May 2, 2017
Over the last three years the Department of Education (ED) has conducted a pilot student through its Experimental Sites Initiative in which 24 institutions of higher education have had discretionary authority to set limits for student loan borrowers. Unfortunately unreliable data made trends difficult to ascertain, but this report works to evaluate five overarching strategies implemented by participating institutions.
By Andrew Kreighbaum, May 2, 2017
Higher Education advocates were pleasantly surprised by the budget resolution which included year-round Pell and additional funding for the National Institutes of Health. Importantly, the resolution also indicates rejection of the ‘skinny budget’ the Trump Administration has offered for FY ‘18. Conversely, with funding compromised from the Pell surplus, finaicial aid advocates warn that the value of grant will decrease in 2018 unless Congress takes action.
By NPR Staff, May 4, 2017
On the National Day of Prayer, last Thursday, President Trump signed a new executive order on Religious Liberty. The order loosens IRS rules for both churches and church-led organizations and also aims to limit contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act. This article by NPR provides a step-by-step break-down of the language within the order and adds extra context and analysis.
By Sean Sullivan, Paige Winfield Cunningham, & Kelsey Snell, May 4, 2017
The Republican Senate has responded to the House passing the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by asserting that the current legislation is likely to change within the Senate. “It’s going to be a Senate bill, so we’ll look at it,” Sen. Jeff (R-AZ) said. This response means it may take a while for a version of the bill to pass. If the Senate passes their own version of the AHCA, it will have to be revisited by the House, which is likely to produce additional complications.
By ED Press Office, May 7, 2017
DeVos’s statement reads as follows:
"I am a strong supporter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the critical role they play in communities and in our higher education system.
"I am happy to see the president reaffirmed this Administration’s support for HCBUs. I will continue to be an advocate for them and for programs that make higher education more accessible to all students.
"I look forward to visiting with the students, faculty and administration of Bethune-Cookman University this week and delivering the 2017 commencement address, my first as Secretary."
This past week, we have not seen much movement regarding discriminatory “bathroom” legislation. So far, 16 states have introduced bathroom bills during the 2017-2018 state legislative sessions. AR SB 774 is in the Senate, which has adjoined without appointing a day on which to revisit the bill on 05/05/2017.
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, 6 pieces have failed, and 16 are pending, and 3 have been enacted. AR HB 1042 died in the House Committee on 05/01/2017. IN SB 423 was enacted and signed into public law on 05/02/2017. TX SB 4 was enacted and signed by the Governor on 05/07/2017.
Guns on Campus:
Upwards of 15 states are considering legislation concerning guns on campus. During the past week, all AR legislation not currently enacted died in committee at the end of the AR legislative session on 05/01/2017. OK HB 1550 was enacted on 05/01/2017. FL HB 6005 was indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration on 05/05/2017.
-Primary Sponsor: Rep. David Roe (R-TN) (Introduced 05/03/2017)
-Committees: House-Education and the Workforce, Judiciary
-Latest Action: 05/03/2017 Referred to the House Judiciary
Resolution put forth by the House that comes to two conclusions (from bill text):
-Primary Sponsor: Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) (Introduced 05/04/2017)
-Latest Action: No latest action at this time
-Primary Sponsor: Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA) (Introduced 01/04/2017)
-Committees: House-Veterans’ Affairs/Senate-Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
-Latest Action: 05/05/2017 Signed by President
The Fiscal Year 2017 Appropriations Act supports efforts in higher education efforts through the restoration of year-round Pell and a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health. The budget resolution also cuts $1.3 billion from the $10 billion Pell surplus.