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NAICU debunks the major myths surrounding private nonprofit colleges and universities. Visit 9myths.org to get the facts!

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Department of Education Releases New Clery Handbook

NAICU Washington Update

June 27, 2016

The Department of Education has published an updated edition of the Clery Handbook: The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting 2016 Edition. The handbook serves as a compilation of the Department’s guidelines, and incorporates scenarios, examples, and issues discussed by multiple stakeholders involved in campus safety compliance and enforcement.  
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Gay College Leaders Reflect on Barriers, and How Far They’ve Come

Chronicle of Higher Education

June 27, 2016

Higher education is a relatively enlightened sphere regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, and the number of "out" gays and lesbians leading colleges has grown over the past decade. But leaders and aspiring leaders still face limits in their ability to land top positions, and they struggle with issues that their straight counterparts navigate with more ease, or never face in the first place.Read More


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Tutors See Stereotypes and Gender Bias in SAT. Testers See None of the Above.

New York Times

June 27, 2016

The standardized testing industry has long grappled with questions of racial, socioeconomic and gender fairness. On average historically, whites and Asians do better than blacks and Hispanics on the SAT; wealthier children do better than poorer ones; and boys do better than girls — slightly better in verbal skills and considerably better in math. It is unclear why these gaps persist, test designers and social scientists say, but the differences are the subject of much study, including the research on negative stereotypes.Read More


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Veterans Deserve Universities' Loyalty

USA Today - Presidential Opinon

April 21, 2016

University of Southern California President C.L. Max Nikias and Professor David Petraeus write: Our nation owes an enormous debt to these new veterans. Indeed, they have earned recognition as America’s “New Greatest Generation.” And our universities need to support them to the fullest extent possible, including through the Yellow Ribbon Program, which removes financial barriers that often stand in the way.

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Why Women's Colleges Are Still Needed

University Business - Presidential Opinion

April 22, 2016

Jo Allen, president of Meredith College, writes: The role of women’s colleges—far beyond their origins in offering access to college degrees—is to help women flourish. Some women’s colleges have focused on women’s leadership; some on career preparation in STEM and other areas where women have been under-represented and dissatisfied; and still others on health care, education and areas where women excel.

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Proposed Federal Overtime Rules Will Negatively Impact Nonprofits

Scranton, Penn., Times-Tribune - Presidential Opinion

April 18, 2016

Thomas J. Botzman, president of Misericordia University, writes: For higher education, the challenges — while daunting — are not as overwhelming. Teachers and college faculty are exempt employees, so their salaries would not change. However, many of our colleagues, such as coaches, post-doctoral fellows, student affairs professionals and admissions recruiters would be impacted by the rule. A coach, for example, would likely be constrained from longer trips to play a game as we seek to limit hourly travel expenses. Opportunities for professional development would also diminish as cost containment becomes the directive.

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