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APLU In The News: September 2017

September 29, 2017
An Obama administration initiative that provided consumer information on colleges and universities has survived for another year and into the Trump administration. The Department of Education published updated information on the College Scorecard Thursday, including a new feature that allows students to compare data from up to 10 institutions at once. The update is a significant win for proponents of transparency in higher education who have watched Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over recent months delay and water down requirements for the gainful-employment measure.
September 22, 2017
Public scrutiny of how colleges handle sexual assault cases is appropriate. Institutions should be held accountable for safeguarding the rights of complainants and respondents. That these cases are often extremely complicated and challenging does not in any way diminish the need for fair policies.
September 12, 2017
As the higher-education community begins the new academic year, we also prepare for the latest round of college rankings from U.S. News & World Report. We can expect coverage on which colleges have risen and which have fallen, followed by the usual laments from institutions’ presidents about how meaningless these rankings really are. My own perspective as a former university president differs, as I believe the rankings play a useful, though imperfect, role in providing information.
September 11, 2017
Much of higher education policy focuses on “traditional” college students—those who started college at age 18 after getting dropped off in the family station wagon or minivan, enrolled full-time, and stayed at that institution until graduation. Yet although this is how many policymakers and academics experienced college (I’m no exception), this represents a minority of the current American higher education system. Higher education data systems have often followed this mold, with the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) collecting some key success and financial aid metrics for first-time, full-time students only.
September 7, 2017
As Labor Day wound to a close, college press offices were busy. News had broken over the weekend that the Trump administration planned to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, known as DACA, with a six-month delay to allow Congress time to attempt a legislative fix.
September 7, 2017
After the Trump administration announced on Tuesday that it would bring the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to an end, Penn State President Eric Barron sent a message to the university community and signed on with other college leaders to urge Congressional action.
September 7, 2017
UNC Chancellor Carol Folt and other university leadership are “deeply disappointed and saddened” by the decision from President Donald Trump to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. United States Attorney General announced that decision from the Trump administration on Tuesday. UNC administrators responded in a letter to the campus community on Wednesday.
September 7, 2017
President Donald Trump announced plans Tuesday to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program. Former president Barack Obama began this program, which protects young undocumented immigrants, nicknamed "Dreamers," from deportation.
September 6, 2017
The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, through which about 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children have gained the right to work and temporary protection against the risk of deportation. The administration said it will phase out the program, which was established by President Obama in 2012, after a six-month period to give Congress a chance to act on legislation that could restore the program.
September 6, 2017
With the emotional roller coaster of waiting for a formal statement on DACA from the Trump administration over, affected immigrants and their families are now trying to figure out their next steps as they join allies in calling on Congress for action.