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As things move quickly in Washington, DC, NACUBO is your constant advocate in action. NACUBO On Your Side covers important legislative and agency activity NACUBO staff are tracking, what we’re currently advocating for, and how you can take action with us. 

 

Here are the issues we are tracking and advocating for this week.  

 

On the Hill

Navigating the Legislative Landscape: Insights for Business Officers on Recent Higher Education Proposals

In the run-up to the presidential election, higher education reform is at the top of mind for lawmakers with the introduction of major legislation that could significantly reshape federal student aid and institutional accountability. While these measures are unlikely to be signed into law, it is critical for business officers to be aware of these proposals to effectively prepare for potential changes.

 

Agency Action

ED Announces Delay in Sharing FAFSA Information, Associations Weigh In

The Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid announced that institutions will begin to receive batches of FAFSA information in the first half of March rather than in late January, as ED had previously said. Associations have begun to create resources to navigate the challenges, such as an updated SAI modeling tool from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and NACUBO joined a group urging flexibility in enrollment and financial aid deadlines. Elsewhere in Washington, Republicans on the Senate HELP Committee announced that the Government Accountability Office will heed their request to investigate problems with the rollout.

 

Title IX Rule Heads to OIRA for Approval

On Friday, the Department of Education sent its new Title IX rule to the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for approval, an important step the federal government must take before implementing new regulations. The step signals that ED’s long-awaited regulations governing how schools must respond to sex-based harassment and/or discrimination are progressing. Another Title IX rule, which would create federal standards around gender identity in athletics, was not sent for review. OIRA has 90 days to review the rule.

 

Judicial Action

SCOTUS Declines to Hear Challenge to Use of Race in Military Academy Admissions

The Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging the consideration of race in military academy admissions. The case, an emergency request brought forward by Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), the advocacy group whose cases against Harvard University and the University of North Carolia led to the Supreme Court decision banning the consideration of race in college admissions, was deemed “underdeveloped” in SCOTUS’ order. The question can now return to lower courts, where SFFA has twice been denied.

 

Research

UNCF Survey of HBCU Endowment Managers Finds Unique Challenges

In a quantitative survey of 22 private Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and 50 non-HBCU endowment professionals, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), found that HBCU endowments face specific challenges when compared to other institutions. Notably, HBCU endowments were smaller, had less investment management resources, and were managed more conservatively. NACUBO’s Endowment Leadership Series, a six-session series beginning February 8, will address these topics and others.

 

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