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The Student Achievement Measure (SAM), launched last year, continues to accept college and university registrations. To date, the initiative, which is working to identify more comprehensive ways to measure student progress and completion, has more than 400 colleges and universities participating and recently announced the support of several higher education organizations.
NAICU worked with the American Council on Education to submit comments to the IRS on the question of whether proposed limitations on the political activity of 501 (c)(4) nonprofit organizations should also be applied to 501 (c)(3) organizations, such as private nonprofit colleges and universities. The comments focused on the role colleges and universities play in civic education, democratic participation and political discourse, and how that role could be stifled if the proposed regulations were applied to 501 (c)(3) organizations.
The Program Integrity and Improvement Negotiated Rulemaking Committee has convened. The first session of this round of negotiations provided an overview of the half-dozen diverse issues for which additional regulations are to be developed. These include state authorization for distance education programs and for the foreign locations of U.S. institutions, PLUS loan eligibility, debit card restrictions, the clock to credit hour conversion formula, and aid for repeated course work.
House and Senate Budget Committee Chairmen Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) have released reports outlining their approaches to this year’s budget process.
Financial responsibility scores for private (nonprofit and for-profit) institutions released by the Department of Education.
The Department of Education is reminding institutions that the 2010 program integrity regulations require states to have student complaint processes covering all institutions. Issuance of this letter signals that the Department is preparing to enforce this portion of the regulation.
Shortly after the first negotiated rulemaking session dealing with the changes made to campus safety requirements by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), President Obama announced the formation of a White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. NAICU has joined the American Council on Education and several other higher education associations in submitting written comments to the Task Force, which is scheduled to release its final recommendations in mid- to late-April.
The president’s FY 2015 budget request to Congress proposes $29 billion to fully fund the scheduled $100 increase in the Pell Grant maximum and level funds the other student aid programs. The budget also proposes reform programs to implement the College Value and Affordability agenda he has been advocating for since August, including a proposal to provide $10 million for his controversial college rating metric. NAICU expects to see education funding bills sometime in the summer.
Before the University of Puget Sound could accept what has been called the first bitcoin donation to a U.S. university, Sherry Mondou had to clarify a laundry list of concerns. “The risks that came to my mind were: Could there be a way for hacking or some way for the gift to be stolen while it’s in process?” Mondou, the university’s vice president for finance and administration, said. “By accepting bitcoin, is there some association with criminal activity? The big one was, really, in the end, how could we avoid the currency volatility?”
Americans who received bachelor's degrees in 2008 were roughly twice as likely to be unemployed after a year than were their peers who graduated in 1993 and 2000, the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics said in a report Thursday. Mostly to blame, the researchers said: the recession.
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