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Always a contentious issue, the topic of guns on campus elicits emotional responses from people on both sides of the political debate, and state legislatures are no different. With all of the increased attention after the latest school shooting incidents across the country, the issue of whether or not to allow firearms on campus will most likely continue to figure prominently during the 2016 legislative sessions in the states.  

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Idaho's Direct Admissions Initiative

Idaho is implementing a new admissions initiative to provide more students with the opportunity to obtain a postsecondary certificate or degree. The initiative, called Direct Admissions, will proactively admit Idaho public high school seniors to the state?s public higher education institutions based on each student?s grade point average and college entrance exam score.

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A Brief History Of McCleary vs Washington State

The McCleary v. Washington State case has significantly impacted legislative activity in the state of Washington since 2012, when the state Supreme Court ruled that the legislature had violated its constitutional mandate to adequately provide for K-12 education. Whether or not legislators in Washington can come up with a solution before the start of the state's 2016 session remains to be seen.

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Financial Aid Benefits for Undocumented Students

Recent legislative activity in certain states has included the extension of financial aid benefits to undocumented students, in addition to providing in-state tuition. Currently, five states offer both in-state tuition and financial aid benefits to undocumented students and the aid generally falls into two categories: state-funded aid and private or institutional aid.

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California's Commitment to Student Safety and Sexual Harassment Prevention

Seventy-one institutions of higher education are under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, for possible violations of federal law over the mishandling of sexual violence and harassment complaints. With the passage of SB 967 in September 2014, California became the first state in the nation to establish an affirmative consent standard  in the determination of whether consent was given by both parties to engage in sexual activity.  Having this clear consent policy is important, but equally important is enforcing the policy with appropriate disciplinary measures for violations. 


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Recapping 2014 Legislative Activity and Trends in the West

Affordability was the key theme during the 2014 legislative sessions in the West, as policymakers across the region passed bills freezing or limiting tuition increases and created new scholarships and other financial aid opportunities for students. Many Western states also increasingly looked to higher education as the driver of economic growth, as their legislatures focused more on workforce development, in addition to college and career readiness. Issues to watch in future sessions include undocumented students, guns on campus, and military and veterans education.

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Moving Beyond In-State Tuition: Recent State Policies to Increase Veterans Access and Success

With the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan coming to an end, policymakers continue to look for ways to ease the transition of veterans back into the education system and the workforce. The 2014 state legislative sessions demonstrated an increased commitment to getting military personnel and veteran students back into the higher education pipeline.

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State-Funded Financial Aid for Undocumented Students: Access for a Growing Population

The purpose of this piece is to provide an overview of the five states that have provisions allowing undocumented students to receive state financial aid.

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Indiana Degree Maps: A Possible Path Toward Meeting Workforce Demands

Degree maps provide course selection and guidance tailored to an individual student's academic program. They are designed to improve completion rates by providing students with increased knowledge about program requirements and progress, as well as greater efficiency and knowledge in course selection and degree attainment.

 

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2014 State Legislative Preview

The 2014 legislative sessions look to be extremely busy and interesting. Sensing that Washington politics has rendered Congress ineffective, many voters are looking to the states to get things done, providing legislators a great opportunity in 2014 to demonstrate their ability to innovate and effectively solve problems. As in previous years, we expect that higher education issues will see significant action. 

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The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)


Higher Education needs a new way for states to oversee the delivery of postsecondary distance education. The current process is too varied among the states to assure consistent consumer protection, too cumbersome and expensive for institutions that seek to provide education across state borders, and too fragmented to support our country?s architecture for quality assurance in higher education ?  the quality assurance ?triad? of accrediting agencies, the federal government, and the states.

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