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HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

May 04, 2015



In today’s headlines, Inside Higher Ed looks at whether Smith College’s decision to accept transgender applicants who identify as women will be a tipping point. In other news, The New York Times explores the potential ramifications of the student loan debt strike by former students of Corinthian Colleges, and an op-ed in the Miami Herald says for-profit colleges help many students. See these and more stories below.

Tipping Point for Trans Admissions?
Inside Higher Ed (May 4, 2015)

For-Profit Colleges Face a Loan Revolt by Thousands Claiming Trickery
The New York Times (May 3, 2015)

OPINION: For-profit Colleges’ Success Ignored
Miami Herald (May 2, 2015)

Teaching Science So It Sticks 
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) (May 4, 2015)

Miami Dade Provides Leadership, Foundation For Community Colleges
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (May 3, 2015)

Martin Meehan Chosen as Next UMass President
The Boston Globe (May 1, 2015)

Haverford College Picks New President
The Philadelphia Inquirer (May 2, 2015)

Marygrove College President to Leave for San Fran Job
Detroit Free Press (May 1, 2015)


Headlines from the Past Week 

Friday, May 1

President Obama has chosen the University of Chicago to host his future presidential library. First Lady Michelle Obama will speak to Detroit high school students today at Wayne State University to emphasize the importance of higher education.

Thursday, April 30

Latino students are underrepresented on some University of California campuses, according to a report by Campaign for College Opportunity. Authors of a new report by the Education Commission of the States contend that state grant programs should better meet the needs of modern students, who have access to a growing number of pathways to higher education.

Wednesday, April 29

Fewer parents are saving for college and those who can are saving less, with the average savings level of $10,040 being the lowest in three years, according to a report released on Wednesday by Sallie Mae. The Brookings Institution released its take on college rankings.

Tuesday, April 28

An audit of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education found the decrease in state appropriations, down 20 percent in state support per student since 2008-09, has increased the financial burden on students and their families. The Chronicle of Higher Education examines the fallout from the closing of 28 campuses owned by Corinthian Colleges Inc. yesterday and what it means for the 16,000 displaced students.

Monday, April 27

Corinthian Colleges Inc. announced Sunday that it will close all of its remaining 28 campuses today. The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released guidance pertaining to Title IX coordinators on campus.

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