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NAICU briefed the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance on both the support and concerns the Association and its members have with the possibility of a federal rating metric.
September 17 is Constitution Day, how will your campus observe this historic event?
Federal law requires colleges and universities to distribute voter registration forms to all of their on-campus degree or certificate-seeking students. Your Vote, Your Voice 2014 is a web-based resource to help campuses engage their students, faculty and staff in the election process.
Hold the dates February 1-4, 2015 on your calendar for the 2015 NAICU Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.
The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, co-chaired by NAICU member president R. Gerald Turner of Southern Methodist University, met in Washington D.C. on September 8 to hear practitioners and experts share policy updates on new health and safety initiatives for student-athletes.
This summer, NAICU, both individually and with others in the higher education community, responded to requests for feedback from Senate education committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) on a number of pressing issues related to the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
The Department of Education is seeking comments on recommended changes to eligibility standards for PLUS Loans by September 8. The proposed regulations, published on August 8, would update the criteria for determining if a potential PLUS Loan parent or student borrower has an “adverse credit history” that prevents the applicant from getting the loan. The quick turn-around enables the Department to publish final regulations by November 1, 2014, so that they can take effect by July 1, 2015.
The fall Congressional calendar is set to include several issues critical to higher education, including annual funding bills for student aid and work on the rewrite of the Higher Education Act. Prior to adjourning for its summer recess, the House did vote to make permanent the IRA charitable rollover and the American Opportunity Tax Credit, although Senate action is less clear.
The "Campus Accountability and Safety Act" was introduced in the U.S. Senate on July 30 by a bipartisan group of 10 senators and has a growing list of consponsors. The act aims to make changes to the Higher Education Act, Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act and will require colleges to act more aggressively in identifying, preventing, and addressing sexual misconduct on their campuses.
The Secretary of Education has invited institutions that participate in Title IV programs to apply to participate in a new Experimental Sites Initiative (ESI). Letters of application must be received by the Department of Education no later than September 29, 2014. Institutions chosen for the sites will be expected to provide significant information about their experiments, including, in some cases, control groups of students.
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