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Next Arms Race in Major Sports Is at the Food Table

New York Times

October 6, 2015

According to a survey released last week by the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association there has been a massive increase in athlete food budgets at universities. The survey of about two dozen top programs found that average spending increased 145 percent — to $1.3 million from about $534,000 — just since Aug. 1, 2014, which is when the N.C.A.A. lifted its limitations on meals and snacks for Division I athletes, allowing colleges to provide as much food and beverages to their players as they want.

Colleges May Have to Return Perkins Loan Program Money

USA Today

October 6, 2015

About 1,700 colleges and universities could soon be required to return billions of dollars in federal grants they received more than a decade ago under the Perkins loan program for financially needy students.

After One Campus Is Attacked, the Others Adapt

New York Times

October 6, 2015

While the Oregon shootings have created fresh worries, for most colleges and universities mass shootings are now on the list of hazards — from fires and bombings to natural disasters like earthquakes in the West and tornadoes in the South — for which they must prepare.

The Attorney General Who Wants to Keep Private Colleges on Course

Chronicle of Higher Education

October 6, 2015

New York’s Nonprofit Revitalization Act, which took effect last year, requires nonprofit organizations that handle a lot of money, such as colleges, to enlist a public accountant to audit their finances every year. The law empowers Mr. Schneiderman, a Democrat, to void transactions that are "not reasonable or in the best interests" of the institution.

Are the Rich Universities too Rich?

University Business - Presidential Opinion

October 6, 2015

Donald J. Farish, president of Roger Williams University, writes: We are in danger of creating an environment where the “best” (meaning the wealthiest) colleges and universities are perceived to be reserved for those with sufficient status, money and influence.

Same-Sex Hiring Policies Polarize Some Christian Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education

October 6, 2015

For some colleges, the Supreme Court's decision and the shifting climate around same-sex marriage have given them additional momentum to make what some have viewed as long-needed changes. For others, it is cause to stand up more strongly for their religious principles.

Why Not Mandate that Rich Universities Spend More of Their Endowments?

Forbes - Opinion

October 6, 2015

George Leef of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy writes: Changing the law on the deductibility of contributions would no doubt have a powerful effect on endowment spending, but Fleischer, Munson, and most other critics favor a different approach—compelling schools to spend at least a certain percentage of their endowment each year. Fleischer’s solution is to have Congress require universities with endowments in excess of $100 million to spend at least 8 percent of the endowment each year.

Shifts in Major Aid Program for Black Students

Inside Higher Ed

October 6, 2015

The National Merit Scholarship Program has announced that it is phasing out its National Achievement Scholarship Program, which has provided aid to black students since 1964. The program announced that the program for black students -- after meeting commitments to current scholars -- would be transferred to the UNCF.

Congressional Action Marks the End of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance

NAICU Washington Update

October 6, 2015

Congress did not include funding for the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance in the recently passed Continuing Resolution that kept the government from closing. However, they did extend authorization for the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity which advises the Secretary on accreditation.

Even with Widespread Support, Congress Fails to Reauthorize Perkins Loan Program

NAICU Washington Update

October 6, 2015

Leveraging Senate procedural rules, HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) blocked legislation, which had bi-partisan support, to reauthorize the Perkins Loan program beyond its October 1, 2015 sunset date.
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