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Retirees Secure Housing Spots at Arizona State

A new housing complex set to open at Arizona State University next year will include a surprising group of college students. Senior citizens have reserved their spots at the on-campus housing that will serve as a retirement community with a college twist. Residents will be free to enroll in classes, use campus facilities, and mentor younger students. Arizona State’s housing complex catering to senior citizens reflects a rising trend of privately-owned, on-campus retirement communities. More on Arizona State’s retirement community is available on the Inside Higher Ed website.

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California Community Colleges Reject Tuition-Free Plan

Amid concerns about high default rates, several California community colleges are rejecting the state’s plan that offers in-state students one year of free tuition. California awards community colleges free tuition aid for participating in the plan, but institutions like Barstow College and Imperial Valley College disagree with the mandate requiring participation in the federal student loan program. The San Bernardino district referenced the recent high federal loan default rate among borrowers at its colleges for rejecting participation in the tuition-free plan. Meanwhile, California Community College system officials oppose the move and believe colleges that aren’t taking part in the federal. Read More.

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Colleges Told Not to Worry About GDPR Compliance

Six months after the European Union announced the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), U.S. colleges and universities are still unsure how to comply with the data protection and privacy rules. To ease concerns, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck lawyer Esteban Morin recently advised university IT leaders not to panic if they are just beginning to develop a compliance plan. He noted that many institutions and companies are still starting their compliance efforts and the European Union is struggling to enforce its GDPR rules. However, Morin warned institutions not to be complacent and expect enforcement of the data-privacy rules in the next. Read More.

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130 Universities Seek Improving Student Success Rates

Details have been announced regarding a major cross-institutional collaborative project aimed to boost college student success rates. Named Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success, the project features 130 universities that will work together in 16 clusters to increase student access and completion rates and close equity gaps. Efforts are being led by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, which has asked participating universities for a five-year commitment to help graduate several hundred thousand college students during that span. The project will rely on data sharing among the universities, especially within the clusters where institutions will use standard metrics on. Read More.

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NAICU President to Retire

After 25 years of leading the country’s organization of private nonprofit colleges, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (“NAICU”) president David Warren is retiring. Warren will step down next summer after helping lead the Student Aid Alliance to help with federal funds for college students, co-chairing the National Campus Voter Registration Project to encourage student participation in the electoral process, and creating the University and College Accountability Network to offer an alternative to federal accountability systems. In a statement on Warren’s retirement, American Council on Education president Ted Mitchell said Warren stood for the best that U.S. higher education. Read More.

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Education Department Proposes Title IX Changes

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has issued a proposed rule that would curtail a college institution’s obligations to investigate on-campus sexual misconduct. The rule change would add protections for college students accused of sexual misconduct, and it would allow institutions to investigate misconduct that occurred within programs they sanction. In addition, colleges would be responsible for investigating cases when a formal complaint is submitted to appropriate campus officials. While DeVos said the rule would improve the process of resolving complaints, women’s groups and other advocates argue that it would undermine victims’ rights and open the possibility to off-campus assaults or. Read More.

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