Freedom of Speech on College Campuses - Richard Spencer

As many of you know, Richard Spencer has requested to speak on college campuses throughout the country. Last Semester at U of M, Spencer and his team reached out to school adminstrators seeking to speak on campus. As many of you know, Spencer is known for his white supremacist beliefs. He stands for everything that the university does not stand for. Spencer coming to speak on campus has proved to be a highly controversial topic on campus this year, and I'd like to open up the discussion to the caucus to hear your views. 

Nikhil's Proposal on Addressing Student Learning Styles in Education

Context

Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

Standardized Tests: Fair or Unfair?

There has been a lot of discussions surrounding the fairness of standardized exams for quite some time. For many low-income students, there are many obstacles that put them off the path to college. They miss a key deadline, or incorrectly fill out a form, or fail to take a required class, and thereby fall off the path to college. This is the reality for many Americans applying to college. 

Gentrification on College...

Gentrification on College Campuses

The 2013 FAFSA indicated that more than 56,000 students were homeless. 

Another day and the construction continues up and down South U. Today it is not a new state of the art facility to be used by Michigan students, but another high rise apartment building. Gentrification on college campuses, especially the University of Michigan, continues to be a barrier to success for many students. 

66% of Michigan students come from the top 20%. How can we make college accessible?

According to a report from the New York Times, some colleges have more students from the top 1 percent than the bottom 60.

This is especially common at elite universities, including 5 Ivy League schools (Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale, Penn and Brown) where more students came from the top 1% of the income scale (made roughly 600K+ a year) than those who came from the entire bottom 60 percent. 

You Can't Study While You're Hungry

It is extremely difficult for one to study if they don't have the proper nutrients in their body. According to an article in the New York Times, an estimated half of all college students struggle with food insecurity, even at elite universities. Some universities have been proactive, but not nearly enough: "In New York, where a forthcoming study by researchers at the City University of New York reports that 30 percent of community college students and 22 percent of four-year college students are food insecure, Gov. Andrew M.

College Football Games

College football games are extremely popular, especially at the University of Michigan. Game Days in Ann Arbor are taken very seriously by the students. Prior to the actual game, students attend tailgates where they socialize with their friends and consume alcohol. This past season, the U of M had a few night games, which are becoming a bit controversial. Night games are great for TV ratings, therefore, networks prefer to highlight big games during this time.

Michigan's Declining College Enrollment Rate

Michigan’s Class of 2016 had the lowest college enrollment rate in six years. This is a huge concern for the state of Michigan. About 61.5% of 2016 graduates from Michigan public high schools enrolled in college within six months of graduation -- the lowest percentage since the Class of 2010, according to state data. Not only is this rate below the norm for the state of Michigan, but it’s also below the national rate. Nationally, 69.7% of 2016 high school graduates were enrolled in college last fall.

Freedom of Speech on College Campuses - Richard Spencer

As many of you know, Richard Spencer has requested to speak on college campuses throughout the country. Last Semester at U of M, Spencer and his team reached out to school adminstrators seeking to speak on campus. As many of you know, Spencer is known for his white supremacist beliefs. He stands for everything that the university does not stand for. Spencer coming to speak on campus has proved to be a highly controversial topic on campus this year, and I'd like to open up the discussion to the caucus to hear your views. 

Standardized Tests: Fair or Unfair?

There has been a lot of discussions surrounding the fairness of standardized exams for quite some time. For many low-income students, there are many obstacles that put them off the path to college. They miss a key deadline, or incorrectly fill out a form, or fail to take a required class, and thereby fall off the path to college. This is the reality for many Americans applying to college. 

Gentrification on College...

Gentrification on College Campuses

The 2013 FAFSA indicated that more than 56,000 students were homeless. 

Another day and the construction continues up and down South U. Today it is not a new state of the art facility to be used by Michigan students, but another high rise apartment building. Gentrification on college campuses, especially the University of Michigan, continues to be a barrier to success for many students. 

66% of Michigan students come from the top 20%. How can we make college accessible?

According to a report from the New York Times, some colleges have more students from the top 1 percent than the bottom 60.

This is especially common at elite universities, including 5 Ivy League schools (Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale, Penn and Brown) where more students came from the top 1% of the income scale (made roughly 600K+ a year) than those who came from the entire bottom 60 percent. 

You Can't Study While You're Hungry

It is extremely difficult for one to study if they don't have the proper nutrients in their body. According to an article in the New York Times, an estimated half of all college students struggle with food insecurity, even at elite universities. Some universities have been proactive, but not nearly enough: "In New York, where a forthcoming study by researchers at the City University of New York reports that 30 percent of community college students and 22 percent of four-year college students are food insecure, Gov. Andrew M.

College Football Games

College football games are extremely popular, especially at the University of Michigan. Game Days in Ann Arbor are taken very seriously by the students. Prior to the actual game, students attend tailgates where they socialize with their friends and consume alcohol. This past season, the U of M had a few night games, which are becoming a bit controversial. Night games are great for TV ratings, therefore, networks prefer to highlight big games during this time.

Michigan's Declining College Enrollment Rate

Michigan’s Class of 2016 had the lowest college enrollment rate in six years. This is a huge concern for the state of Michigan. About 61.5% of 2016 graduates from Michigan public high schools enrolled in college within six months of graduation -- the lowest percentage since the Class of 2010, according to state data. Not only is this rate below the norm for the state of Michigan, but it’s also below the national rate. Nationally, 69.7% of 2016 high school graduates were enrolled in college last fall.

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Nikhil's Proposal on Addressing Student Learning Styles in Education

Context

Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

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