By The American Council on Education (ACE) and 17 other associations including NASPA, September 5, 2017
Comments reflected those within the 2015 Taskforce report, “Recalibrating Regulation of Colleges and Universities: Report of the Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education,” and broadly focused on financial responsibility, Title IV funds, and state authorization.
By Diana Ali, Policy Analyst, September 22, 2017
This post, written by NASPA Policy Analyst Diana Ali, considers the utilization of the Pell Grant Program, today’s most substantial form of federal financial aid in assisting low-income individuals, in offering correctional education assistance to incarcerated individuals over the latter half of the last century, and how the reimplementation of Pell Grant eligibility opportunities for prisoners progresses a national agenda of criminal justice reform.
By Paul Fain, September 20, 2017
The Urban Institute has just released 10 memos covering bipartisan policy considerations on:
By Karin Fischer, September 24, 2017
With Sunday, September 24 marking the end of the former travel ban Executive Order restrictions, President Trump released a series of new rules which include varying rules from six Muslim majority countries. The Executive Order, for example, bars all travel from Syria, but offers exceptions for those with student visas from Iran. The new rules will not extent to current visa holders, meaning international students with visas are allowed to stay.
By Megan McClean Coval, September 24, 2017
Republican congressional representatives introduced the Succeed Act this past Monday, which has been quickly dubbed the “conservative Dream Act.” While offering a pathway to citizenship, the bill would limit those able to stay in the county based on their American education, work experience, or military experience. The bill includes an extreme vetting process to be conducted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and includes three rounds of security and background checks. Republican representatives are viewing the new bill as the best way to ensure the protection of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients.
By Andrew Kreighbaum, September 25, 2017
This past Friday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released a new Dear Colleague Letter giving institutions discretion on responding to sexual assault misconduct proceedings under Title IX law. Secretary DeVos has also now rescinded the Obama-era 2011 Dear Colleague letter and 2014 guidance which advocates have found critical in moving the needle forward on sexual assault prevention work. The new guidance allows institutions to set their own evidentiary standard for misconduct findings, but does not create a new evidentiary standard requirement. Analysts predict that institutions of higher education are unlikely to make major changes as a result of the release of new guidance, but the rolled back protections may have a long-term impact in the ability for colleges and universities to better fulfill their responsibilities under Title IX.
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 enrolled and referred to the Governor on 09/22/2017.
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 enrolled and presented to the Governor on 09/18/2017.
-Primary Sponsor: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) (Introduced 09/13/2017)
-Latest Action: 09/14/2017 Considered by the Senate
The Amendment focuses on giving flexibility in requirements back to the States, and has according to Senator Graham:
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