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News from the latest issue - April 19, 2018

FEDERAL RELATIONS
Trump Administration to Ease Loan Forgiveness Process for Disabled Vets
Education Dept. announces plans to streamline the student loan dischargeability for permanently disabled military veterans.
Labor Dept. Issues Guidance on Overtime Pay
Recently-released fact sheet attempts to address a number of outstanding questions regarding academic overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

INDUSTRY UPDATE
New Data on First-Generation Student Access, Persistence, and Outcomes
The share of first-generation students in postsecondary education declined between 1999–2000 and 2011–12, from 37 percent to 33 percent.
Study Looks at Where Colleges Recruit
Colleges more often visit high schools where family income is high and that these high schools are likely to be whiter than the population as a whole.
Survey Finds Social Media 'Fair Game' in Admissions
Two-thirds of admissions officers consider applicants' social media "fair game" in the admissions process. However, less than one-third actually check applicants' social media accounts.

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Study Looks at Where Colleges Recruit

Posted on April 18 2018by Heather Zimar

A new study that will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association found that colleges more often visit high schools where family income is high and that thes...

Trump Administration to Ease Loan Forgiveness Process for Disabled Vets

Posted on April 18 2018by Michelle Mott

The Trump administration this week announced plans to streamline the student loan forgiveness process for permanently disabled military veterans, The Washington Post reported. Under current federa...

Labor Dept. Issues Guidance on Overtime Pay

Posted on April 18 2018by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division released a fact sheet this week to address a number of outstanding questions regarding academic overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards...

Report Looks at First-Generation Student Outcomes

Posted on April 18 2018by Heather Zimar

The share of first-generation students in postsecondary education declined between 1999–2000 and 2011–12, from 37 percent to 33 percent, according to a report released by the National C...

Survey Finds Social Media 'Fair Game' in Admissions

Posted on April 18 2018by Heather Zimar

A recent survey by Kaplan Test Prep found that two-thirds of admissions officers consider applicants' social media "fair game" in the admissions process, reports Inside High...

California CCs Sign Transfer Agreement With UC

Posted on April 12 2018by Michelle Mott

The California Community Colleges and the University of California systems on Wednesday announced a joint agreement that seeks to increase the number of community college students who tra...

Lawmakers Push for Stronger Oversight of For-Profit College Conversions

Posted on April 11 2018by Michelle Mott

Senate Democrats are asking the federal government to investigate a wave of "troubling" for-profit to nonprofit conversions, reported Politico Morning Education. For-profit educatio...

Feds Investigate Early-Decision Admissions

Posted on April 11 2018by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Department of Justice is currently investigating whether some colleges' early-decision policies violate federal antitrust laws by exchanging information about accepted applicants,...

Justice Dept. Chimes In on Discrimination Complaint Against Harvard

Posted on April 11 2018by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a brief on Friday in a lawsuit challenging Harvard University's use of race and ethnicity in admissions decisions, The Washington Post reported. The agency ...

College and Universities Increasingly Accept Transfer Credits

Posted on April 11 2018by Heather Zimar

A recent survey by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) found that more than two-thirds of college and universities admissions officers report that transfer students ar...

Arizona Supreme Court Denies DACA Students In-State Tuition

Posted on April 11 2018by Heather Zimar

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled this week that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients are no longer eligible for in-state tuition rates at Arizona colleges, reports The Hill a...

Federal Recognition Restored for Controversial For-Profit Accreditor

Posted on April 5 2018by Michelle Mott

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos signed an order Tuesday to restore the federal recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), Inside Higher Ed reported. ...

Report Looks at State High School Graduation Requirements

Posted on April 4 2018by Heather Zimar

A recent study by the Center for American Progress audited state high school graduation requirements. The study found a misalignment between the coursework necessary to receive a high school diplo...

State Department Seeks Social Media Information from Visa Applicants

Posted on April 4 2018by Heather Zimar

Under a new proposal by the U.S. State Department, visa applicants would be asked questions about their social media use, reports Inside Higher Ed. The department is seeking public comments on the...

New Federal Data on Campus Crime

Posted on April 3 2018by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics released its annual school crime and safety report last week. The study primarily tracks trends in crime in element...

Education Dept. Regulatory Agenda to Roll Back More Higher Ed Rules

Posted on April 3 2018by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Education Department is expected to formally release its upcoming regulatory agenda in the coming weeks. Over the past year, the Trump administration has moved swiftly to rescind a number...

DACA Positively Impacts Educational Attainment, Study Finds

Posted on April 3 2018by Michelle Mott

A new study, conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research, found that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program positively impacts the educational attainment of recipients....

Veterans Groups Oppose House PROSPER Act

Posted on March 29 2018by Michelle Mott

AACRAO joined a group of 35 organizations representing veterans and military-affiliated students, as well as other higher education associations, in a letter to Congressional leaders opposing certa...

Calls to Action on Vulnerable Student Populations

Posted on March 29 2018by Michelle Mott

Natural disaster, social and political conflict, and immigration issues can have a tremendous impact on the ability of young people to begin or continue their education. Recent policy decisions and...

AACRAO Releases GDPR Discussion Draft

Posted on March 29 2018by Michelle Mott

The European Parliament in 2016 adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which specifies how consumer data of citizens in the European Union (EU) should be used and protected. The reg...