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The Right to Expel

Inside Higher Education
July 25, 2014

When word spread this month that George Fox University had received an exemption to Title IX, allowing it to discriminate against a transgender student by denying him the housing he requested, many advocates for transgender students were stunned. Federal regulations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 do in fact require the Education Department to exempt colleges from rules that violate their religious beliefs.

Housing Dispute Puts Quaker University at Front of Fight Over Transgender Issues

New York Times
July 25, 2014

A growing number of openly transgender students have forced schools around the country to address questions so basic that they were rarely asked just a few years ago, much less answered: What defines a person’s gender, and who gets to decide?

AICUP Awards Commonwealth Good Citizen Scholarship to Health Care Management Undergrad
July 25, 2014

A Misericordia University senior health care management major has been awarded one of nine Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) Foundation Commonwealth Good Citizen Scholarships for her commitment to education and to community service.

Roosevelt University's 32-Story Campus Gives New Meaning to Higher Education

July 25, 2014

Faceted with sky-blue windows, the rippling curvature of Roosevelt University’s 32-story Wabash Building acts as its own reflection against the nearby waves of Lake Michigan, an elegant yet unmistakably modern embellishment to Chicago’s historic downtown “Loop.”  Besides acting as a showy centerpiece of the university’s collection of metropolitan academic buildings, the $123 million Wabash Building is an important statement about the growth strategy of urban universities such as Roosevelt — upward, not outward.

Senators in Both Parties Agree: States Must Do More for Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education
July 25, 2014

Congressional hearings often feature bitter partisanship and acrimonious finger pointing. But there was mostly agreement on Thursday at a higher-education hearing of the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Both Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat of Iowa, and Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Republican of Tennessee, agreed that states should take a leading role in paying for and overseeing public colleges.

House Overhauls Tax Breaks

Inside Higher Ed
July 25, 2014

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved an overhaul of higher education tax breaks and passed legislation changing how federal student loan counseling works. The tax measure, which is part of the House Republicans' overall effort to make changes to the tax code, contains some provisions that colleges and universities strongly support.

House Cleans its Plate Prior to Recess

NAICU Washington Update
July 25, 2014

The House of Representatives recently approved several bills dealing with higher education tax policy and the Higher Education Act. While action is unlikely in the Senate, the bills offer a glimpse of how future tax and HEA proposals may take shape.

Key Republican in House Proposes Broad Student-Aid Reforms

Chronicle of Higher Education
July 25, 2014

As the U.S. House of Representatives takes its first steps toward reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, the Budget Committee’s chairman, is offering his own vision of student-aid reform.

The Ivy League Is Not the Problem

Slate - Opinion Piece
July 24, 2014

Osita Nwanevu writes: the halls of academia really are hallowed, and there’s a kind of mysticism at work in the way people like Deresiewicz perennially describe what college is supposed to do: take in our ordinary people and spoiled brats and transfigure them into worldly gadflies, or at least interesting selves. To their credit, our best colleges, both public and private, actually do this in great numbers. But less radical conversions—from, say, being an entitled, solipsistic econ major to being an entitled, solipsistic political science major—are far more common.

College Application SSNs Expose Security Risk

Chicago, Ill., NBC 5
July 24, 2014

Applying for college involves a mountain of data -- GPAs, ACTs, SATs, essays, the list goes on. But NBC 5 Investigates found there are nine numbers students are routinely asked for that they do not have to offer up during the preliminary admissions process, and some experts say they should refuse to include -- their Social Security Number.

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