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Game Changer: NLRB Rules College Football Players Can Unionize

Director of the Chicago Region of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Peter Sung Ohr, ruled that Northwestern University scholarship football players are entitled to have a union election because they are “employees”...more

NLRB Judge Finds That College Football Players Are Employees Of Their University

Yesterday, an administrative judge at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that student athletes on Northwestern University’s football team who receive a scholarship are employees of the university and therefore...more

A New Hurdle For Higher Education: College Football Players Huddle Up for Union Organizing

Last week, the Northwestern University football team shook up the playbook by taking the unprecedented step of petitioning the National Labor Relations Board for a union election. The result – to be determined – will have a...more

Student Athletes’ NLRB Petition Looms Large for Colleges and Universities

A group of Northwestern University football players recently filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) seeking to be represented by a labor union. Although this request is the first of its kind, it...more

President Obama Announces White House Task Force On Protecting Students From Sexual Assault

On January 22, 2014, President Obama announced the creation of a White House Task Force on Protecting Students from Sexual Assault (Task Force). The President’s announcement was accompanied by a report issued by the White...more

CFPB Releases Report on College Credit Card Agreements

The CFPB released its annual report on college credit card agreements to Congress. Section 305 of the CARD Act requires credit card issuers to annually submit to the CFPB the terms and conditions of any college credit card...more

The CFPB Requests That Agreements Marketing Financial Products to Students Enrolled in Institutions of Higher Education be...

As a follow up to its initial inquiry earlier this year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) is alerting financial institutions about the “potentially risky practice of making secret payments” to colleges and...more

College Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Complaint

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) announced earlier this week that Logan University in Missouri settled a pregnancy discrimination complaint that the NWLC filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil...more

NYU Agrees To Recognize Graduate Student Organizing Rights

As we reported last year, the fight over graduate student organizing rights has taken yet another tumultuous turn at the National Labor Relations Board. The Board has changed its position twice in recent years on the issue of...more

Recent New Jersey Case Highlights Several Aspects of the Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege

In Hedden v. Kean University, the New Jersey Appellate Division ruled that an email sent by the University’s women’s basketball coach to the school’s in-house counsel was privileged even though a copy also was sent to the...more

According to New NCES Study, Proprietary Higher Education Reduces Costs for Students by Over 10% Since 2007-08

On December 3rd, the National Center for Education Statistics released the 2011-2012 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study. This report focuses on the average price of attendance paid by students to attend institutions of...more

Should College Athletics Go Corporate?

Millions of Americans spent much of their holiday weekend watching college football. While fans around the country enjoyed watching Auburn’s thrilling win in the Iron Bowl or seeing Ohio State hold on against its arch-rival...more

The Integrated and Coordinated Approach to Title IX Compliance [Video]

Colleges and universities are tasked with responding to sexual harassment and assault in a manner that is compliant with federal guidance and authority; attuned to the welfare of students and employees; and consistent with...more

On December 3rd, House Subcommittee to Discuss Proposals to Strengthen Pell Grant Program

On Tuesday, December 3rd at 10:00 a.m. in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building, the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), will hold a hearing entitled,...more

Capital Thinking: Education

Legislative Activity - Legislation to Help Homeless Students - Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) plan to introduce legislation that will assist homeless students that...more

You Still Have To Follow The Rules If You Want An Advanced Degree!

A former Ph.D. student sued the University of Michigan and several faculty members after the university removed him from the Ph.D. program. Joseph Dean Vigil failed to complete his dissertation and Ph.D. requirements within...more

Maryland Failed To Desegregate Higher Education System, District Court Rules

A U.S. District Court judge ruled recently that the State of Maryland and the Maryland Higher Education Commission failed to desegregate the State’s system of higher education as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act...more

CFPB Event Focuses On Student Banking

On September 30, the CFPB (or the Bureau) hosted a “Banking on Campus” forum, an event it described as a continuation of its February 2013 request for information about financial products and services marketed to college...more

Congressional Democrats Seek Information On Student Debit Cards; CFPB Plans “Banking On Campus” Event

On September 26, several Democratic Members of Congress, including Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL), House Financial Services Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA), House Education Committee Ranking Member...more

CFPB findings on campus banking products portend new limitations

Findings on campus banking products released this past Monday by the CFPB in conjunction with a Banking on Campus Forum held in Washington, D.C. appear to be a harbinger of new limitations on the marketing of these products....more

New CRS Report: Banning the Use of Racial Preferences in Higher Education

An interesting new report from the Congressional Research Service reviews Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, a case heading to the Supreme Court this upcoming 2013-2014 Term that will consider “whether it is...more

New College Scorecard to Have Salary Information for Institutions

According to Libby Nelson at Politico, on Tuesday September 17, deputy director of the White House Domestic Policy Council James Kvaal announced at a National Press Club that the administration is revising the College...more

By The Book - August 2013

In This Issue: - Clery Act Update and the Campus SaVE Act - The National Labor Relations Board’s Jurisdiction Over Religious Colleges and Universities - New York State Creates New Growth Opportunities for...more

The Paradigm Shift In Campus Responses To Sexual Misconduct: From Compliance To Compassion

Over the past several years, there has been growing awareness, public discourse and, at times, unrest about how colleges and universities respond to sexual misconduct. Originally Published in Today’s Campus –...more

Hitler A Part Of The Justice League?

As part of a long-standing tradition, freshman art students at Thailand’s premier Chulalongkorn University designed a mural for the graduating class....more

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