Higher Education News From Around The Web

Here are the latest stories from higher education blogs around the web:
 

The University of California has sued the Department of Homeland Security, challenging President Trump's decision to rescind DACA following a six month delay. According to a statement from UC President Janet Napolitano, UC's legal case rests on three points: The DHS decision to rescind DACA is not supported by reasoned decision-making as required by federal law. It did not consider the impact of the decision on Dreamers — for example, their expectation that they could study, work, and live in the only country they call home — or the costs of the rescission on the universities and communities in which they (Read more...)
Sun, Sep 10, 2017
Source: Our University

 

Trump presides as the King of Pain, inflicting turmoil and loss on others, seemingly without effort or long-term benefit. Last week the pain came from his administration's termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program this coming March. The idea seems to be to threaten the program's 800,000 recipients with impeding job loss and deportation while the Congress that made DACA necessary by failing to pass immigration reform works again on passing immigration reform. In "The Psychic Toll of Trump's DACA Decision," Karla Conejo Villavicencio writes,Spreading fear and anxiety, of course, is part of the administration's (Read more...)
Sun, Sep 10, 2017
Source: Remaking the University

 

Media coverage of last week's “anti-Marxist” protest and counter-protest in Berkeley was predictably all over the place, the result of no one participant or media organization being able to witness every sign, shove or provocation. Occurring so recently after the tragedy in Charlottesville, the scene was described as comparatively peaceful, though outlets emphasized the violent tactics of Antifa protestors. While the 4,000-strong crowd was described as mostly peaceful and right wing protesters scarce, accounts focused on the behavior of roughly 100 counter-protesters lumped under the Antifa banner. In a piece of commentary in The New Yorker, Jelani Cobb argued the violence (Read more...)
Mon, Sep 04, 2017
Source: Our University

 

The House Budget Committee's Plan to Slash Federal Student Financial Aid: A Tweetable SummarySubmitted by Lindsay Ahlman on August 8, 2017Last month, the House Budget Committee released their fiscal year 2018 budget resolution, which sets Congressional funding priorities for the coming fiscal year starting October 1, 2017, and provides a fiscal blueprint for the next decade. This resolution lays out a plan even more extreme than the education cuts proposed by the Trump Administration's FY18 budget. In addition to including well over $200 billion in cuts to education funding over the next ten years, the resolution also initiates the fast-track (Read more...)
Tue, Aug 08, 2017
Source: TICAS

 

Coming Soon: Student Debt and the Class of 2016Submitted by Debbie Cochrane on August 7, 2017Next month, we'll be releasing our twelfth annual report on state-by-state and school-by-school levels of student debt among recent college graduates, Student Debt and the Class of 2016. A lot has changed since we started these analyses. Initially, our aim was to call attention to rising levels of indebtedness, as the issue of student debt was not yet commanding the attention of the public or policymakers. Now, student debt is widely recognized as a significant national issue affecting millions of Americans, and (Read more...)
Mon, Aug 07, 2017
Source: TICAS

 

What the House Republican Plan to Cut Pell Grants by $78.5 Billion Means for StudentsSubmitted by Lindsay Ahlman on July 18, 2017In March, we showed what it would mean for students if the House Republicans acted on their proposal to eliminate all mandatory Pell Grant funding. Republicans on the House Budget Committee are expected to include this extreme cut in their FY18 Budget this week. In response, we've updated our analyses with the latest data from the Department of Education and Congressional Budget Office (CBO). New data show the same grim story: eliminating mandatory funding threatens the existence of the (Read more...)
Tue, Jul 18, 2017
Source: TICAS

 

House Budget Proposal to Eliminate Subsidized Loans Would Increase the Cost of College by Thousands of DollarsSubmitted by Diane Cheng on July 18, 2017The House FY2018 budget resolution is expected to advance the President's proposal to eliminate subsidized Stafford loans that go to students with financial need. With subsidized loans, interest does not accrue while students are in school, for six months after they leave school, during active-duty military service, and for up to three years of unemployment or other economic hardship. The billions of dollars in savings from ending subsidized loans for new students would not be used to (Read more...)
Tue, Jul 18, 2017
Source: TICAS

 

Submitted by TICAS on July 10, 2017Getting to Graduation: The Importance of College Assessment Policy for Financial Aid RecipientsThe Institute for College Access & Success and ACCT, in collaboration with the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office examine the effect financial aid and assessment policy have on graduation and transfer rates. This post originally appeared on the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) blog By Debbie Cochrane, The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) Earlier this year, The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) and ACCT, in collaboration with the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO), set out to explore community college (Read more...)
Mon, Jul 10, 2017
Source: TICAS

 

The Office of the President is asking for authority to lower UC's contribution to retiree health benefits. This reduction would take the form of removing UC's commitment to a payment floor of 70% of aggregate retiree health premiums (7). This figure had been set as part of the long and public discussion over benefits and debates that surrounded the President's Task Force on Post-Employment Benefits and approved by the Regents in 2010. That discussion you may recall was long and involved and resulted in a series of steps (including the restarting of University contributions) to help improve (Read more...)
Fri, Jul 07, 2017
Source: Remaking the University

 

Financial Aid Gains in the 2017-18 California State Budget AgreementSubmitted by Laura Szabo-Kubitz on June 16, 2017After a budget season with unprecedented focus on financial aid, the 2017-18 California State budget agreement now on Governor Brown's desk includes several important policy gains. Most critically, the budget includes welcome and long-overdue increases to financial aid for full-time community college students to help cover total college costs that can exceed $20,000 a year. Due to an increase to the Full-Time Student Success Grant (FTSSG), a program championed by the Assembly two years ago, Cal Grant recipients taking 12 or more credits per (Read more...)
Fri, Jun 16, 2017
Source: TICAS