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News from the latest issue - October 12, 2017

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR UPDATE
Executive Director Update - October 12, 2017
Mike Reilly discusses the importance of DACA/Dreamer Week (October 16-20) and the national push for permanent legislation to allow this group to continue to contribute to our great nation.

FEDERAL RELATIONS
Trump Administration Releases Hard-Line Demands on Dreamer Deal
White House unveils a list of immigration principles in preparation for negotiations over legislation to address the fate of undocumented individuals brought to the U.S. as children.
Republican Senator Offers Another Fix for Dreamers
Bill would provide a 15-year path to citizenship and fund the first 74 miles of President Trump's proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Deregulation Hearing Dominated By Title IX Debate
Civil rights advocates urged the administration to rethink its decision to rewrite Obama-era guidance for schools handling sexual assault allegations.

STATE RELATIONS
Virginia Republicans to Introduce Student Privacy Legislation
State delegates plan to introduce legislation to protect student privacy by prohibiting state colleges and universities from releasing student directory information to third parties without explicit permission from students.

INDUSTRY UPDATE
AACRAO Issues Updated Statement on the Transfer and Award of Credit
The association, in conjunction with other higher ed group, releases updated resource to identify transfer credit best practices and to provide guiding principles for working with transfer credit and transfer students.


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NC Governor Fights to End Bathroom Dispute

Posted on October 19 2017by Michelle Mott

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper (D) on Wednesday submitted a consent decree with the plaintiffs to the U.S. District Court in Greensboro that seeks to end a legal dispute over bathroom access fo...

AACRAO Releases Best Practices Guide for Awarding Transfer and Prior Learning Credit

Posted on October 19 2017

On Wednesday, AACRAO released its Guide to Best Practices: Awarding Transfer and Prior Learning Credit. The document describes expectations and best practices for post-secondary institutions'&n...

House Dems Propose Bill to Write Obama-era Title IX Guidance into Law

Posted on October 19 2017by Michelle Mott

House Democrats unveiled legislation last week that would codify parts of the recently-rescinded Obama-era guidance on campus sexual assault, reported The Hill. The proposed Title IX Protection Ac...

Trump to Extend DACA Deadline, GOP Senator Says

Posted on October 19 2017by Michelle Mott

President Trump will extend the March 5 deadline to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program if Congress fails to act before that time, according to Senator James Lankford (R-O...

Attorneys General File Suit Over Gainful Employment Rule

Posted on October 19 2017by Michelle Mott

Democratic attorneys general from 17 states and the District of Columbia filed suit against the U.S. Education Department, arguing that the agency illegally delayed enforcement of the Obama-era gai...

Federal Judges Block Trump's Latest Travel Ban

Posted on October 19 2017by Michelle Mott

This week, two federal judges issued orders blocking the Trump administration's latest travel ban, reported The Washington Post. The controversial ban is the administration's third attempt...

Executive Director Update - October 12, 2017

Posted on October 12 2017by Mike Reilly

Next week, the higher education community will put a spotlight on issues relating to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children, also known as Dreamers. DACA/Dreamer Week will i...

AACRAO Issues Updated Statement on the Transfer and Award of Credit

Posted on October 12 2017by Michelle Mott

AACRAO, along with the American Council on Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, issued a joint statement Friday on the transfer and award of credit. The topic, which has dr...

Deregulation Hearing Dominated By Title IX Debate

Posted on October 12 2017by Michelle Mott

Last week, the U.S. Education Department held the first in a pair of public hearings on the Trump administration's regulatory reform agenda. The meeting—meant to solicit input on agency ...

Republican Senator Offers Another Fix for Dreamers

Posted on October 12 2017by Michelle Mott

Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake last week introduced a bill to provide a 15-year path to citizenship for eligible immigrants who arrived in the country as children. The measure would also fun...

Trump Administration Releases Hard-Line Demands on Dreamer Deal

Posted on October 12 2017by Michelle Mott

The Trump administration on Sunday unveiled a list of immigration principles in preparation for negotiations over legislation to address the fate of undocumented individuals brought to the U.S. as ...

NCES Releases New Report on Student Borrowing

Posted on October 12 2017by Heather Zimar

A new report by the U.S. Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) shows that college students are borrowing more and taking longer to pay off the debt, reports Ins...

Virginia Republicans to Introduce Student Privacy Legislation

Posted on October 12 2017by Heather Zimar

Virginia state delegates Joseph Yost (R-Giles) and Tony Wilt (R-Harrisburg) plan to introduce legislation to protect student privacy by prohibiting state colleges and universities from releasing st...

House, Senate Budget Resolution Proposals Differ on Ed Funding

Posted on October 5 2017by Michelle Mott

Senate Republican leaders on Friday released a budget resolution leaving out reconciliation language from an earlier House budget blueprint that mandated billions in cuts for education programs, In...

New Report Projects College Enrollment Growth

Posted on October 4 2017by Heather Zimar

A new federal report by the U.S. Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) projects that enrollment in American postsecondary institutions will grow 15 percent from...

Central Illinois Lawmakers Propose Changes to Higher Ed

Posted on October 4 2017by Heather Zimar

Illinois State Senator Chapin Rose and State Representative Dan Brady will present comprehensive reform to the state's higher education system, according to an interview with WJBC. One of...

Perkins Loans Expire

Posted on October 3 2017by Michelle Mott

The federal Perkins Loan program expired on Saturday after key Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) blocked legislation to extend it, Inside Higher Ed reported. The lapse will leave approximately 1,500 c...

College Scorecard Updated

Posted on October 2 2017by Michelle Mott

Late last week, the U.S. Education Department published updated information on the College Scorecard, including a new feature that allows students to compare data from up to 10 institutions at once...

Senate Democrats Cite Concerns with New Sexual Assault Guidance

Posted on October 2 2017by Michelle Mott

Thirty-two democratic Senators sent a letter last week to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressing concerns with the department's decision to rescind Obama-era guidance on campus sexual ...

IRS Data Retrieval Tool Restored

Posted on October 2 2017by Michelle Mott

On Sunday, the U.S. Education Department and the Internal Revenue Service restored the data retrieval tool (IRS DRT) for the federal financial aid system, Inside Higher Ed reported. The online tool...