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Executive Director Update - March 23, 2017

Posted on March 23 2017by Michael Reilly

Last week, President Trump released his budget which proposes $54 billion in cuts in discretionary spending across the federal government. More specifically, the budget proposal call...

States Consider Transgender Bathroom Bills

Posted on March 23 2017by Michelle Mott

Numerous states are considering legislation that would require transgender people to use the bathrooms that correspond to the sex listed on their birth certificates, Politico Morning Educ...

Princeton Files Lawsuit against Education Department

Posted on March 22 2017

Princeton University last week sued the U.S. Education Department to stop the release of documents that would reveal some of the university's admissions procedures, reports Inside Higher E...

Arkansas Promise Grant Seeks to Meet Work Force Needs

Posted on March 22 2017by Heather Zimar

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed an act last week creating the Arkansas Future Grant, ArFuture, an effort to boost the state's work force, reports Inside Higher Ed. The grant offers fre...

Congress Requests Briefing on Disabled IRS Data Tool

Posted on March 21 2017by Michelle Mott

Congressional leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives education committees sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos requesting a briefing to discuss the sudden suspension of...

Trump Administration Rolls Back Student Borrower Protections

Posted on March 21 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday announced plans to reverse an Obama administration directive prohibiting student loan collectors from charging certain fees, reported The Washington Pos...

Justice Dept. Appeals Ruling Against Revised Travel Ban

Posted on March 21 2017by Michelle Mott

The Department of Justice on Friday filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Maryland, challenging a ruling that temporarily blocked the Trump administration's revi...

College Leaders Call on Trump to Preserve DACA

Posted on March 21 2017by Michelle Mott

Over 560 college and university presidents signed a letter urging the Trump administration to preserve the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Inside H...

Trump Budget Slashes Education Funding

Posted on March 16 2017by Michelle Mott

The Trump administration today released its "America First" budget blueprint, which includes deep cuts to federal student aid and research programs, The Washington Post reported. Th...

Federal Judges Block Trump's Revised Travel Ban

Posted on March 16 2017by Michelle Mott

Early Thursday, a federal judge in Maryland temporarily blocked parts of President Trump's revised travel order, according to The Washington Post. The narrow order suspends&...

Common App Will Keep Questions on Criminal Backgrounds and Disciplinary Record

Posted on March 15 2017by Heather Zimar

The Common Application has announced it will keep questions about applicants’ criminal background and disciplinary records, rejecting a call to drop the questions, reported Inside Higher Ed. ...

California Announces Financial Aid Plan to Keep Students Out of Debt

Posted on March 15 2017by Heather Zimar

California has proposed a new financial aid plan to help students avoid debt, reported The Los Angeles Times. The plan would supplement existing state aid programs and eliminate the need for stude...

Senate Democrats Push for Answers on Delayed GE Rules

Posted on March 15 2017by Michelle Mott

A dozen Senate Democrats sent a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Monday, requesting more information regarding the decision to delay the effective date of the gainful employment ru...

Disabled IRS Data Tool Complicates Financial Aid Application Process

Posted on March 14 2017by Michelle Mott

Days after the Internal Revenue Service's data retrieval tool for the federal financial aid system went down, federal officials announced late last week that the tool would be unavailable for s...

International Student Applications Decline, Concerns About Visas and U.S. Political Climate Rise

Posted on March 14 2017

Nearly 40 percent of U.S. colleges are seeing declines in applications from international students, and international student recruitment professionals report "a great deal of concern"&nb...

Student Success Initiatives Working at UNC Greensboro

Posted on March 8 2017by Heather Zimar

The University of North Carolina Greensboro, one of the most diverse institutions in the state, has implemented various student success initiatives in an effort to ensure that students' de...

UC Proposes 20 Percent Cap on Out-of-State Enrollment

Posted on March 8 2017by Heather Zimar

The University of California proposed a 20 percent systemwide cap on nonresident undergraduate enrollment, reports The Los Angeles Times and Inside Higher Ed. The proposal is a response to a threa...

Democrats Request Hearings on ED Appointees

Posted on March 7 2017by Michelle Mott

Democrats on the Senate education committee, along with Vermont Independent Bernie Sanders, are calling for full hearings prior to any committee votes on the Trump administration's nominees for...

Trump Administration Delays Gainful Employment Deadlines

Posted on March 7 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Department of Education on Monday extended the deadline for institutions to submit appeals or public disclosures under the gainful employment rule, Politico Morning Ed reported. Under the...

Expedited H1-B Visa Processing Temporarily Suspended

Posted on March 7 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Friday announced plans to temporarily suspend for up to six months premium processing of H-1B skilled worker visa applications, eliminating ...