With a new administration in office that has a focus on immigration, it is imperative AACRAO members stay abreast of developments on this topic.
Given the number of states that now mandate the inclusion of disciplinary actions on the academic transcript, AACRAO's recommendation on the issue has shifted from "Not recommended" to "Optional."
Early FAFSA (Prior-Prior Year)
September 2015, the Obama Administration announced two major changes slated for the FAFSA: first, that PPY income (2015 tax year data) will be used to determine federal aid eligibility for the 2017-18 school year and second, that the 2017-18 FAFSA will be available to students on October 1, 2016.
Gender Identity/Expression in Higher Education
May 2016, the Departments of Education and Justice provided significant guidance to institutions that makes clear that both federal agencies treat a student's gender identity as the student's sex for purposes of enforcing Title IX. This guidance means that institutions will have to grapple with these issues in the coming year.
The U.S. Supreme Court votes 4-3 to uphold the University of Texas at Austin's diversity in admissions policy.
Changes in federal statute and executive actions have greatly promoted the expansion of services toward veterans and their families.