Whiteboard Notes | NYC High School Graduation and College Enrollment Rates Rise; Coding School Accredited to Offer Bachelor’s Degree

Senate HELP Committee Holds Nomination Hearing: On Thursday, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee of the U.S. Senate approved the nomination for Robert L. King. The Trump Administration nominated King in August of this year for the post of Assistant Secretary of Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education. King most recently served as the President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. [Senate HELP Committee]
Former CFPB Office Forms New Student Loan Help Center: On Wednesday, former officials from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the formation of a new D.C-based nonprofit called the Student Borrower Protection Center, whose mission is to lead a nationwide effort to protect student loan borrowers. Seth Frotman, former student loan ombudsman at CFPB, was named executive director. Frotman resigned from CFPB in August 2018 and has been outwardly critical of the Trump Administration for allegedly undermining the CFPB’s mission. Frotman will be joined by two other former employees of the consumer bureau, and a group of fellows and advisers that also draws heavily on former bureau staff members. [New York Times]
OIG Finds Extensive Backlog of Complaints at ED’s Privacy Office: On Monday, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released an audit finding that ED’s Chief Privacy Office has a significant backlog of complaints, with some dating back more than 2 years ago. The OIG report cited a lack of resources and inadequate internal processes. ED’s privacy office deals with complaints filed under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) -- the federal law that protects the privacy of student records. [U.S. Department of Education]

NYC High School Graduation and College Enrollment Rates Rise: According to recently releasedstatistics from the New York City Education Department, a record number of 2017 high school graduates enrolled in college, vocational, or public service programs. College readiness and graduation rates also rose between 2016 and 2017 across the city’s public high schools. The city plans to continue to efforts to raise college enrollment through new programs, including allowing every seventh grader to visit a college campus for free this school year. [NY Daily News]
DC School Transforms School Culture Through Social Emotional Learning: Langley Elementary in Washington DC has significantly improved school climate since implementing social emotional learning across all aspects of its curriculum. The district’s historically high e suspension rate has now dropped from 65% to 23% since the integration of SEL and student satisfaction has risen from 70% to 86%. While the school climate and culture has become a focal point in schools, Education Week reports that only four states have formally incorporated school climate in their ESSA plans. [Education Dive and Education Week]

New Online Course Sharing Partnership Emerges: The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and College Consortium recently partnered to create an online course sharing initiative. The partnership is designed to help private institutions increase course access to students, which will improve on-time graduation and student retention rates. For the past two years College Consortium’s platform has helped over 1,600 students access the courses needed for graduation and generated more than $7 million in additional revenue and student savings. [Inside Higher Ed]
Coding School Accredited to Offer Bachelor’s Degree: Make School, a startup college in San Francisco, has been accredited to offer a Bachelor’s degree in applied computer science by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The new program was developed through a unique incubation partnership with Dominican University, located in nearby San Rafael, which will also offer a computer science minor on its campus taught by Make School faculty. [Money]