GUNS ON CAMPUS
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.
Idaho's Direct Admissions Initiative
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.
A Brief History Of McCleary vs Washington State
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
State-Funded Financial Aid for Undocumented Students: Access for a Growing Population
purpose of this piece is to provide an overview of the five states that have
provisions allowing undocumented students to receive state financial aid.
Indiana Degree Maps: A Possible Path Toward Meeting Workforce Demands
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
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.
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