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HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

May 22, 2015



In today’s headlines, The Wall Street Journal looks at what presidential hopefuls are proposing be done to curb college costs and reduce student debt. And while the Regents of the University of California are embracing Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal, which includes an increase in university funding, officials say they will be asking lawmakers for additional funding to expand in-state undergraduate enrollment. These stories and more below:


Student Debt Is Hot Topic for 2016 Field
The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) (May 21, 2015)

UC Regents Endorse Brown's Funding Plan, But Look to Lawmakers for More
Los Angeles Times (sub. req.) (May 21, 2015)

2 Rivals in College-Application Industry Chart New Courses
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) (May 22, 2015)

Winning or Losing With Sports
Inside Higher Ed
(May 22, 2015)

Cummings Named Chancellor of UNC at Pembroke
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education
(May 21, 2015)



Headlines from the Past Week 

Thursday, May 21

Dr. Evelyn Maria Thompson was named Coppin State University’s first female president. An Assistant Professor at Howard University School of Divinity writes in The Washington Post how important the supportive environment of historically black colleges and universities is to the success of both students and faculty.

Wednesday, May 20

The Department of Education is set to announce a limited exemption to the federal ban on prisoners receiving Pell Grants to attend college while they are incarcerated. Consumer advocates are calling for blanket relief, as the Department of Education prepares to unveil its plan to provide loan forgiveness to borrowers who attended the defunct Corinthian Colleges.

Tuesday, May 19

The deadline for public institutions to comply with the in-state tuition provision of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act is being pushed back to Jan. 1 of next year instead of taking effect this July. The Washington Post examines the increasing role that internships play in securing a first job out of college.

Monday, May 18

The Chronicle of Higher Education looks at how colleges are supporting first-generation college students. Sweet Briar graduated its final class in an emotional ceremony as it prepares to close its doors.

Friday, May 15

The Los Angeles Times reports on the governor’s new budget proposal, which would freeze tuition at public institutions for two more years, Inside Higher Ed looks at Champlain College’s unique handling of education for adult learners, and Diverse: Issues In Higher Education reports on the new president selected for Xavier University in New Orleans.

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