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Florida Lawmakers Approve New Restrictions, Disclosure Requirements on Institutionally Related Foundations
Article,  BriefCASE Article As part of their final budget negotiations, U.S. Florida state lawmakers approved legislation that will prohibit the state’s public colleges and universities from using state funds to pay for the salaries of institutionally related foundation employees beginning in 2022.

Endowments Are Forever
CURRENTS Article In a combustible election year full of populist rhetoric, candidates for both federal and state offices are decrying higher education's price tag and mounting student loan debt. Headlines about college and university endowments earning double-digit returns in 2013 and 2014 helped bring the funds under lawmakers' scrutiny, leading some to view them as a way to keep tuition prices in check and increase student financial support. But endowments are intended to provide stable, long-term funding to an institution while balancing the present and future needs of the university and its students, a concept known as intergenerational equity. And it's essential that communications and development professionals understand how their institution's endowment works—including how these funds help keep tuition prices down. Communicators and fundraisers should also know the endowment's total value, spending rate, return on investment year to year, and average 10-year return.

Talking Points: The Defaulter Dilemma
CURRENTS Article Last month, sanctions to the new federal policy tracking cohort default rates, or CDRs, went into full effect. An institution that fails to stay below CDR thresholds, which now monitor borrowers who default within three years after beginning repayment, could lose access to federal student aid.

College, University Foreign Gift Disclosure Reports Due on July 31
Article,  BriefCASE Article U.S. colleges and universities that have received charitable gifts of $250,000 or more from foreign sources in the last six months must file a disclosure report with the U.S. Department of Education.

Talking Points: Stemming Student Loan Defaults
CURRENTS Article New student loan accountability measures threaten to have more U.S. colleges and universities opt out of federal loan programs, forcing students toward riskier private student loans and limiting college access for underrepresented students.

Reminder: College, University Foreign Gift Disclosure Reports Due on July 31
Article,  BriefCASE Article U.S. colleges and universities that have received charitable gifts of $250,000 or more from foreign sources in the last six months must file a disclosure report with the U.S. Department of Education.

The Price of Competition
CURRENTS Article This article looks at the recently passed tuition changes to the U.K.'s higher education system, how the higher education marketplace may change as a result, and the role that marketing efforts may play under this new scheme.

Talking Points: Funding Efficiency
CURRENTS Article The U.S. Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act puts the federal government in charge of student loans, and uses the resultant savings for a variety of priority higher education programs, including increased Pell Grant allotments and dedicated funding to community colleges and minority-serving institutions.

Military Service Members and Veterans in Higher Education: What the New GI Bill May Mean for Postsecondary Institutions
American Council on Education
Report This July 2009 report provides an overview of the U.S. Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, its potential effect on college enrollment among current and former military personnel, the characteristics of military undergraduates and the issues they face.

Talking Points: Strings Attached
CURRENTS Article The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 reauthorizes and expands the act of 1998. Many in U.S. higher education are apprehensive about the contents and direction of this legislation.

Talking Points: From Dog Tags to Degrees
CURRENTS Article This column discusses the 2008 Veterans Education Assistance Act, which expands the original GI Bill, and points out ways in which institutions can best serve student veterans.

HEA Reauthorization Legislation Signed into Law
Article,  BriefCASE Article After six years of failed attempts and negotiations, Congress passed and the president signed legislation that renews the Higher Education Act, the law that governs federal aid to colleges and universities.

Talking Points: Caught Up
CURRENTS Article This article provides an overview of the student loan scandal, which started with an investigation of potential conflicts of interest between higher ed and the lending industry and expanded to alumni associations in an effort to determine whether these groups are steering students toward specific loan consolidation companies in exchange for certain benefits.

AdvanceWork: Framing the Debate
CURRENTS Article U.S. colleges and university leaders are intensely focused on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act this year. At stake are proposals that might further regulate admissions, curricula, and hiring as well as the future of student aid programs such as the Pell grant and TRIO. The Keep College Possible Coalition has created a toolkit to help institutions garner support for the HEA fight.

AdvanceWork: Spotlight on...
CURRENTS Article The general counsel of Catholic University of America maintains a Web site with information on the myriad federal laws that affect higher education.

Talking Points: The Ball Is in Play
CURRENTS Article This Talking Points column reviews Title IX, the landmark legislation mandating equitable treatment of men and women at American educational institutions that receive federal funds. The article summarizes the original mandate and its effect on college sports, efforts from 1995 to strengthen enforcement and from 2002 to ameliorate Title IX’s effects on men’s teams, and areas of ongoing controversy and how advancement can respond. This column is of interest to managers of alumni, development, and communications programs and chief advancement officers.

Talking Points: Capitol Intentions
CURRENTS Article The author discusses issues that the 108th Congress may address in reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, which include Pell grants and other aspects of financial aid, changing demographics on U.S. campuses, and terrorism-related concerns. The article will be of particular interest to government relations staff.

Talking Points: A Closer Watch
CURRENTS Article In response to cases of binge drinking that led to student injury or death, parents, policy-makers, and the public have started demanding that campus administrators assert stronger control over students. New policies, reminiscent of rules common through the mid-1960s, have caused a stir on many campuses. As an alternative to or in conjunction with reinforcing policies governing student behavior, several institutions are developing "learning communities" that emphasize faculty involvement with students outside the classroom.

Talking Points: Know the Score
CURRENTS Article Even equity pros can use some coaching on Title IX compliance in collegiate athletics

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