Higher-ed group urges DACA action by Congress | Need-based grants make up 76% of state aid | Feds criticized for oversight of student-loan scams
October 23, 2017
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Higher-ed group urges DACA action by Congress
Higher-ed group urges DACA action by Congress
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Congress is being urged in a new letter from the American Council on Education to pass legislation protecting individuals who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, including many college students. ACE President Ted Mitchell says the letter underscores the important role DACA students play in higher education.
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (10/22) 
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Need-based grants make up 76% of state aid
The amount of state-funded financial aid for students grew by less than 1% from 2014-15 to 2015-16, according to a new survey from the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs. About two-thirds or 76% of the $12.5 billion in awards were need-based grants, showing little increase over the previous year, the data showed.
Inside Higher Ed (10/23) 
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Admissions and Enrollment
Colleges offer tuition breaks for students from Puerto Rico
Leaders at colleges on the US mainland are seeking to help students from Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria to continue their education. At Florida International University, students from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands will be eligible for in-state tuition, and at the University of Tulane in New Orleans, students from Puerto Rico are being offered one free semester.
National Public Radio (10/22) 
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Online college applications used by first-gen students
First-generation students made up 32.5% of the nearly 1 million students overall who used the Common App in the 2016-17 cycle, according to new data. Additionally, about one-fifth of first-generation students applied to schools using an alternative online portal, the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, data showed.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/20) 
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Leadership and Management
How can colleges comply with the Clery Act?
To comply with the 1990 Clery Act, which requires colleges and universities to report crime statistics, safety and security policies and emergency procedures, Matthew Shpiner, the director of the Office of Emergency Management at the University of Miami, advises leaders to come up with standardized practices and policies. In this commentary, he lays out his institution's best practices.
eCampus News (free registration) (10/23) 
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Funding and Grants
How storytelling can improve college fundraising
College and university fundraisers should craft good stories that will resonate with donors across the spectrum, writes Marc Whitt, director of philanthropy communications at the University of Kentucky Office of Philanthropy. In this commentary, he offers clarifying questions and suggests trying out stories on small sample groups before using them in a wider campaign.
University Business (10/2017) 
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