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HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

April 25, 2017



In today’s headlines, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has announced a move to relieve some of the burden on students and families affected by the suspension of the Internal Revenue Service’s Data Retrieval Tool, which makes it easier to fill out FAFSA. In other news, nearly two dozen state attorneys general are criticizing DeVos for revoking federal guidance issued by the Obama administration to increase consumer protections in student loan servicing, and Diverse: Issues In Higher Education writes that higher education advocates anxiously await the FY 2018 budget process. These and more stories below.

Education Dept. Announces Moves to Ease Burden of Fafsa Tool’s Absence
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) (April 24, 2017)

Attorneys General Criticize DeVos for Hurting Student Loan Borrowers
The Washington Post (April 24, 2017)

Education Advocates Uneasily Awaiting Trump Budget
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (April 24, 2017)

The U.S. Makes It Easy for Parents to Get College Loans—Repaying Them Is Another Story
The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) (April 24, 2017)

OPINION: College After Foster Care? The Odds Are Not in Our Favor
The New York Times (sub. req.) (April 25, 2017)

What Comes After Whittier Shutdown?
Inside Higher Ed (April 25, 2017)


Headlines from the Past Week 

Monday, April 24

The New York Times reports that two prominent members of President Trump’s cabinet have said the administration will not be targeting Dreamers. The Chronicle of Higher Education writes about a National Labor Relations Board ruling Friday enabling resident advisors at private colleges to unionize, and Inside Higher Ed emphasizes the goal of some March for Science participants: federal funding.

Friday, April 21

Inside Higher Ed released the results of its survey of community college presidents who were asked about recruitment, the future of free community college and more. The Chronicle of Higher Education explores how the shutdown of the IRS data tool that helps people retrieve tax data and fill out the application for federal student aid threatens to undermine long-sought changes in the financial-aid application process.

Thursday, April 20

Inside Higher Ed reports that state support for public higher education rose in 33 states and declined in 17 in 2016—including a massive drop in Illinois. The Washington Post carries an op-ed from University of Maryland, College Park President Wallace Loh on why federal funding for research universities matters.

Wednesday, April 19

Several outlets are exploring an executive order on H1-B visas signed Tuesday by President Trump. USA Today covers a new study finding that college presidents are seeking ‘quick wins’ rather than focus on long term success in today’s volatile environment and The Washington Post reports that Baylor University (TX) has named Linda B. Livingstone as its first female president.

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