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HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

August 17, 2018

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NPR writes that New York University's School of Medicine will offer full scholarships to all current and future students in its doctor of medicine program . . . Students in a Rutgers University study indicate pay doesn't matter in selecting a major . . . The Chronicle of Higher Education examines why the top higher education research publications are seeing major backlogs in accepting submissions. . . Diverse: Issues In Higher Education reports on a study finding a gender wage gap among graduates from top U.S. colleges and universities.

NYU Medical School Plans Free Tuition For Those Studying To Be Doctors​
NPR (Aug. 17, 2018)

Not-So-Great Expectations
Inside Higher Ed (Aug. 17, 2018)

Why Does Publishing Higher-Ed Research Take So Long?
The Chronicle of Higher Education (Aug. 16, 2018)

Gender Pay Gap Wide Among Graduates of Elite Schools​
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (Aug. 16, 2018)

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Headlines From the Past Week

Thursday, Aug. 16

The Department of Education this week launched the first official mobile app to guide families through filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid . . . Spelman College president Mary Schmidt Campbell announced steps Wednesday afternoon she hopes will protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students from physical and verbal attacks on campus . . . Morehouse College President David Thomas spent two nights in a freshman dorm during orientation week, bonding with students and emphasizing his goal of raising the four-year graduation rate to 70 percent from the current 38 percent . . . Inside Higher Ed​ reports that some U.S. universities are waiving their application fees for Saudi Arabian students in Canada who have been ordered by the Saudi government to leave the country after Canada’s foreign affairs minister criticized the kingdom’s arrest of human rights activists.

Wednesday, Aug. 15

Inside Higher Ed writes that the role of college accreditors is in the spotlight as more large for-profit institutions look to reclassify as nonprofits . . . The Washington Post profiles a Libyan student confronting the uncertainties of President Trump’s travel ban on individuals from certain countries . . . Colleges across the U.S. are teaching students, parents, and alumni how to talk politics without going on the attack in an effort to counter growing polarization and nastiness in political discourse . . . The Chronicle of Higher Education examines how The University of Kentucky is handling the controversy surrounding a mural depicting people of color in problematic ways . . . Data from Washington’s Education Research & Data Center shows that more students in Washington state are choosing STEM majors over humanities, reports The Seattle Times​.

Tuesday, Aug. 14

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the U.S. Department of Education has proposed new rules requiring all colleges to report the earnings of their graduates for each academic program or major but that the data are not yet available for many colleges and programs . . . Some lawmakers are making it more difficult for students to vote, but advocacy groups and colleges are pressing ahead with registration campaigns, writes Inside Higher Ed . . . Matthew Chingos, director of the Urban Institute’s education policy program, writes in The New York Times that the market for higher education is strongly local and has sparse options for many potential students, so merely giving them more information may not work . . . Spelman College, one of two HBCUs that exclusively enrolls women, will have an official admissions policy for transgender students beginning this fall . . . An opinion piece in The Hechinger Report ​argues for the merits of a liberal arts degree.

Monday, Aug. 13

The Department of Education has officially proposed repealing the gainful-employment rule, a policy that penalized higher education programs whose graduates accumulated excessive student-loan debt  . . . The Common Application will stop asking about students’ criminal histories, reports The Atlantic . . . Financial conditions are deteriorating at many of New England’s small private colleges, with tuition revenue failing to keep up with expenses at more than half of the schools, a Boston Globe review shows . . . New final guidance from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will change the way international students and visiting scholars on F, J, or M visas are found to accrue “unlawful presence” in the United States, a determination that could subject them to future bars on re-entry . . . The Philadelphia Inquirer​ writes how Temple University’s food pantry is a summer lifeline for hungry students.

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