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News from the latest issue - June 22, 2017

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR UPDATE
Executive Director Update - June 22, 2017
Mike Reilly discusses issues with NSLDS enrollment reporting compliance and encourages members to review an archived webinar on the topic.

FEDERAL RELATIONS
DHS Issues New Guidance on DACA
The Trump administration will not immediately eliminate protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.
Education Dept. Narrows Approach on Civil Rights Investigations
Agency outlines changes to civil rights investigations that advocates fear will mean less consistent findings of systemic discrimination at colleges.
Year-Round Pell Grants Available July 1
Grants will be available to students beginning July 1, allowing students to take summer classes and graduate sooner.
Administration Appoints New Head of Federal Student Aid Announced
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday announced the appointment of A. Wayne Johnson as the next chief operating officer of the Federal Student Aid office.

IN THE COURTS
DACA Students No Longer Eligible for In-State Tuition in Arizona, Judge Rules
Arizona Court of Appeals overturned a 2015 ruling that allowed undocumented students who were brought to the United States as children to qualify for in-state tuition.

INDUSTRY UPDATE
National Student Clearinghouse Releases Annual Persistence and Retention Report
The overall persistence rate declined slightly for fall 2015 entering college students.
California State University to Guarantee Admissions for Qualified Students
Under a recent budget deal, Cal State will develop a model to guarantee admissions for the estimated 31,000 in-state students it turns away each year due to lack of space.

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Executive Director Update - June 22, 2017

Posted on June 22 2017by Mike Reilly

Last week, AACRAO hosted one of our most well attended webinars with nearly 560 participants joining a discussion with the U.S Department of Education on compliance issues related to National ...

Education Dept. Narrows Approach on Civil Rights Investigations

Posted on June 21 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Education Department last week outlined changes to civil rights investigations that advocates fear will mean less consistent findings of systemic discrimination at colleges, according to I...

Year-Round Pell Grants Available July 1

Posted on June 21 2017by Michelle Mott

The Trump administration on Monday issued new guidance for how colleges and universities should implement an expansion of Pell Grant eligibility for low-income students, The Washington Post reporte...

DACA Students No Longer Eligible for In-State Tuition in Arizona, Judge Rules

Posted on June 21 2017by Heather Zimar

The Arizona Court of Appeals overturned a 2015 ruling that allowed undocumented students who were brought to the United States as children to qualify for in-state tuition, reports The Chronicl...

Administration Appoints New Head of Federal Student Aid Announced

Posted on June 21 2017by Michelle Mott

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday announced the appointment of A. Wayne Johnson as the next chief operating officer of the Federal Student Aid office. Johnson currently serves as the...

California State University to Guarantee Admissions for Qualified Students

Posted on June 21 2017by Heather Zimar

Under a recent budget deal, California State University will develop a model to guarantee admissions at one of its campuses or programs for the estimated 31,000 in-state students it turns away each...

National Student Clearinghouse Releases Annual Persistence and Retention Report

Posted on June 21 2017by Heather Zimar

The overall persistence rate declined slightly for fall 2015 entering college students, according to the annual Persistence and Retention Snapshot Report by the National Student Clearinghouse Resea...

DHS Issues New Guidance on DACA

Posted on June 19 2017by Michelle Mott

The Trump administration will not immediately eliminate protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, The New York Times reported. The U.S. Department ...

Falwell Tapped for Higher Ed Task Force

Posted on June 15 2017by Michelle Mott

A White House official on Sunday confirmed that Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, will be one of 15 college presidents on a task force on higher education, The Chronicle of Higher...

Second Appeals Court Rules Against Trump's Travel Ban

Posted on June 15 2017by Michelle Mott

A second federal appeals court on Monday declined to revive President Trump's revised travel ban, adding to legal setbacks for his executive order as the U.S. Supreme Court considers a similar ...

Bipartisan House Bill on Competency-Based Ed

Posted on June 15 2017by Michelle Mott

U.S. Representatives Luke Messer (R-IN) and Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced legislation last week that would allow for the voluntary implementation of competency-based education demonstration project...

Education Dept. Rolls Back Rules Aimed at For-Profits

Posted on June 15 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Department of Education today announced plans to roll back two Obama-era regulations reining in for-profit colleges, reported Inside Higher Ed. The borrower-defense-to-repayment regulation...

Connecticut Bill to Track Transfer

Posted on June 15 2017by Michelle Mott

A pending Connecticut law would require the state's public universities to release data on credit acceptance for transfer students as well as graduation rates for those students, Inside Higher ...

More Than 1,100 Colleges Surveyed About Internationalization Efforts

Posted on June 15 2017by Heather Zimar

The results of a new survey on internationalization efforts at U.S. colleges include priorities and progress, reports Inside Higher Ed. More than 1,100 American colleges and universities responded...

USC Accepts Significantly More Transfers than Other Private Colleges

Posted on June 15 2017by Heather Zimar

The University of Southern California accepts far more transfer students than other private colleges, reports The Los Angeles Times. According to the latest data from the National Center for Educa...

Executive Director Update - June 8, 2017

Posted on June 8 2017by Michael Reilly

Yesterday, AACRAO released the report from the Transcript Disciplinary Notations Work Group. The association established the Work Group in April 2016 in response to growing interest from AACRA...

State Appeals Court Upholds U. of Michigan Gun Ban

Posted on June 8 2017by Michelle Mott

The Michigan Court of Appeals, in a 2-to-1 decision, upheld the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor's campus gun ban, reported The Detroit Free Press. Tuesday's ruling permits the universi...

Education Dept. Hints at Rollback of Gainful Employment Rule

Posted on June 8 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Education Department on Tuesday gave the clearest indication to date that it might roll back, or at least alter, the controversial gainful employment regulations put in place by the Obama ...

Access to IRS Data Tool Partially Restored

Posted on June 8 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Department of Education on Friday announced the partial restoration of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which allows students and families to automatically import tax information already on fi...

Trump Administration Appeals to Supreme Court on Travel Ban Case

Posted on June 8 2017by Michelle Mott

The Trump administration late Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revive the president's controversial travel ban, The Washington Post reported. In filings Thursday night, the Justice Dep...