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					     Key Issue      Lead   Others Involved                          General Description
Accreditation                                Mostly applies to the accrediting agencies themselves.
College Costs                                Net price calculator must be made available on our website by
                                             August, 2011




Textbooks                                    By July, 2010, required information (ISBN & retail price) about
                                             textbooks & related materials must be posted in course schedule
                                             on UArts website and provided to our college bookstore



Campus Crime                                 Clery Act: new hate crimes reporting now required The list of hate
Reporting                                    crimes to be reported is expanded to include four new crimes:
                                             larceny-theft; simple assault; intimidation; and destruction,
                                             damage, or vandalism of property.
Campus Emergency                             Institutions must prepare a statement of campus policies
Procedures                                   regarding immediate emergency response and evacuation
                                             procedures. This must include procedures for notifying the
                                             campus community “immediately” of a “significant emergency or
                                             dangerous situation” involving an “immediate threat” occurring at
                                             any of the locations specified in the Clery Act (i.e., on campus,
                                             non-campus buildings or property, and public property). The
                                             procedures must be publicized and tested annually.
Consumer                                     In the college cost section of the new law is a lengthy list of
Information                                  information about each institution of higher education that is to be
                                             posted on the Department of Education’s College Navigator Web
                                             site. The Department already collects most of the pieces of
                                             information listed in this portion of the bill. However, institutions
                                             will have to provide additional information in approximately a
                                             dozen areas. This new information will be collected through
                                             additional questions on current IPEDS surveys.
Graduation Data –                            Graduation data under the “Student Right to Know” provisions of
Student Right to                             the law would have to be disaggregated by gender, by major racial
Know                                         and ethnic subgroup, by recipients of Pell Grants, by recipients of
                                             a subsidized federal loan who did not receive a Pell Grant, and by
                                             recipients of neither a Pell Grant nor a subsidized loan.
Disciplinary                                 Institutions will now be required, upon written request, to disclose
Proceeding                                   to the alleged victim of a crime of violence or a nonforcible sex
Disclosures                                  offense, or to the alleged victim’s next of kin (if the victim dies as
                                             a result of the crime or offense), the final results of any
                                             institutional disciplinary proceeding dealing with that crime or
                                             offense. Currently, such disclosures are optional under the Family
                                             Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).




Disclosures to                               Adds to current requirements to disclose upon demand, to
Students &                                   students and prospective students. Plans for academic
Prospective                                  improvement; terms and conditions of loans; peer-to-peer file
Students                                     sharing; student characteristics; post-graduate information; fire
                                             safety; retention; vaccine policies;disaggregation of graduation
                                             data
Drug & Alcohol        Additional reporting to be made part of the biennial drug and
Abuse Prevention      alcohol review: (1) the number of drug and alcohol related
                      incidents and fatalities occuring on campus, or as a part of an
                      institution's activities, that are reported to campus officials; and (2)
                      the number and type of sanctions that are imposed as a result of
                      such incidents or fatalities.




Drug Violation        Institutions must provide each student, upon enrollment, a
Penalty Notice        separate written notice advising the student of the penalties for
                      drug violations. For any student who loses federal student aid
                      eligibility due to drug violations, the institution must provide a
                      written notice describing the ways in which the student can regain
                      eligibility.

Fire Safety           requires any institution maintaining on-campus student housing to
                      issue an annual fire safety report. The report must include
                      statistics regarding the number/causes of fires, number of fire
                      injuries and deaths, and value of property damage. It also must
                      include information on each on-campus student housing fire
                      safety system, the number of regular mandatory fire drills, fire
                      safety policies and education programs, and plans for any needed
                      fire safety improvements. The statistics also must be submitted to
                      the Secretary of Education. Every institution must maintain a log
                      that records all fires in on-campus housing facilities, and make an
                      annual report to the campus community on these fires.
Lobbying              Each institution must annually “demonstrate and certify” to the
Certification         Secretary of Education that it has not used any funds under the
                      Higher Education Act to attempt to influence a member of
                      Congress in connection with any federal grant, contract, loan, or
                      cooperative agreement. No student aid funding under HEA may
                      be used to hire a registered lobbyist or to pay for securing an
                      earmark.
Missing Person        Institutions providing on-campus student housing must establish a
Procedures            missing student notification policy and procedures for those who
                      reside on-campus. Among other things, the student must be given
                      the option to provide confidential contact information for a person
                      to be notified in the event the student is officially reported as
                      missing. If campus security officials determine that a student for
                      whom a missing person report has been filed has been missing
                      for more than 24 hours, then within the next 24 hours they
                      must:Notify the individual identified by the student to be contacted
                      in this circumstance; If the student is under 18 years old, notify a
                      parent or guardian; and [In cases where the student is over 18
                      and has not identified a person to be contacted,] notify
                      appropriate law enforcement officials.*
Peer-To-File File     The new law requires institutions to make disclosures to students
Sharing               about institutional policies and sanctions related to copyright
                      infringement. In addition, an institution must certify it has
                      developed plans to combat the unauthorized distribution of
                      copyrighted material (including the use of technology-based
                      deterrents) and will, to the extent practicable, offer alternatives to
                      illegal downloading.
Post-Graduate         Each institution must disclose information about the employment
Information           of, and participation in graduate and professional education by its
                      graduates. The information is to be gathered from sources such
                      as alumni surveys, student satisfaction surveys, the National
                      Survey of Student Engagement, the Community College Survey
                      of Student Engagement, state data systems, or other relevant
                      sources.
Teacher Preparation   Institutions with teacher preparation programs and that receive
Report Cards          federal student assistance will have increased reporting
                      requirements on the Institutional Report Cards. Most importantly,
                      institutions will need to set annual goals regarding teacher
                      development in shortage areas identified by their state, and
                      provide assurances that they are working toward those goals.
Teacher Preparation   Institutions with teacher preparation programs and that receive
Report Cards          federal student assistance will have increased reporting
                      requirements on the Institutional Report Cards. Most importantly,
                      institutions will need to set annual goals regarding teacher
                      development in shortage areas identified by their state, and
                      provide assurances that they are working toward those goals.


Transfer of Credit    The new law requires an institution to disclose its transfer of credit
                      policies, including any criteria it uses to make credit transfer
                      decisions and a list of institutions with which it has articulation
                      agreements.
                      These policies must be published on the institution’s Web site. As
                      part of its regular review for accreditation or re-accreditation, the
                      institution’s accreditor will be required to examine whether the
                      institution has disclosed its policies, and the criteria underlying
                      them.
Voter Registration    Since the 1998 reauthorization of the HEA, colleges and
                      universities have been required to distribute hard copies of in-
                      state voter registration forms to students prior to their state’s voter
                      registration deadline. Although the 1998 statute anticipated
                      changes in distributing voter registration forms in the future, it did
                      not specifically state that electronic transmission of the forms was
                      legal. The new law clarifies that e-mail messages with links to the
                      state forms are acceptable, as long as the messages are devoted
                      exclusively to voter registration.
LEAP Grant            Special LEAP (a grant program to states to promote innovative
                      college access programs) was replaced with a new partnership
                      program called Grants for Access and Persistence (GAP). The
                      new program is intended to expand college access and provide
                      need-based grants to low-income students by enhancing
                      partnerships with states and institutions, outreach and early
                      preparation programs, private corporations, philanthropies, and
                      community-based organizations. States will apply for the grants
                      with institutions as partners. For those participating in the existing
                      Special LEAP program, the law allows for two years of carry-over
                      for activities already underway.


Student Aid           The 2008 HEA reauthorization bill – along with related budget and
Improvements          HEA extension legislation in 2006 and 2007 – created, modified,
                      and funded federal student aid programs. Changes include an
                      increase in the Pell Grant maximum and federal student loan
                      borrowing limits; a decrease in the interest rate on subsidized
                      loans; expanded loan forgiveness; expanded eligibility for the
                      PLUS program, including eligibility for graduate students; and
                      creation and funding of the Academic Competitiveness Grant,
                      SMART Grant and TEACH Grant programs.


Student Aid           “Student aid simplification” is the current buzzword for a number
Simplification        of policy initiatives that continue to emerge. Simplification
                      initiatives in the new law primarily focus on changes to the Free
                      Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to ensure it is not a
                      barrier to college access. The new law includes a requirement for
                      the Secretary to evaluate the current financial aid award letters
                      used by colleges with an eye toward creating a single, national
                      disclosure form. Not included in the law, however, are any of the
                      earlier proposals to eliminate several core student aid programs
                      (including Perkins Loans, SEOG, and LEAP) in the name of
                      “simplification.”


Student Loan          The law imposes new restrictions on colleges, guaranty agencies
Sunshine              and both federal and private lenders, in order to prevent conflicts
                      between their interests and their responsibilities to borrowers.
                      Issues addressed include “prohibited inducements” by lenders,
                      new disclosures to borrowers, and requirements for institutional
                      codes of conduct. The law also defines the requirements for
                      preferred lender lists developed by colleges. Under the new law,
                      colleges can be held liable for the actions of certain “institution-
                      affiliated organizations,” such as alumni associations and athletic
Student Loan   The law imposes new restrictions on colleges, guaranty agencies
Sunshine       and both federal and private lenders, in order to prevent conflicts
               between their interests and their responsibilities to borrowers.
               Issues addressed include “prohibited inducements” by lenders,
               new disclosures to borrowers, and requirements for institutional
               codes of conduct. The law also defines the requirements for
               preferred lender lists developed by colleges. Under the new law,
               colleges can be held liable for the actions of certain “institution-
               affiliated organizations,” such as alumni associations and athletic
               booster clubs.
Veterans’      The law includes a new section requiring institutions to readmit
Readmission    veterans who left in order to perform military service. The veteran
               is to be readmitted with the same academic status he or she had
               when last in attendance at the institution. In most cases, the
               length of the absence from the institution cannot exceed five
               years. The law includes exceptions for veterans receiving a
               dishonorable or bad conduct discharge, or who are sentenced in a
               court-martial.
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