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HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

September 26, 2016



In today’s headlines, The Chronicle of Higher Education carries an essay by Wesleyan University President Michael S. Roth examining President Obama’s higher education legacy, as well as a series of responses to Roth’s piece. In other news, NPR reports on nontraditional students becoming the “new normal.” See these and more stories below.

Obama’s Imprint on Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) (Sept. 25, 2016)

Obama's Imprint on Higher Ed: Responses
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) (Sept. 25, 2016)

Shaken by Economic Change, 'Non-Traditional' Students Are Becoming the New Normal
NPR (Sept. 25, 2016)

Need for Latinos in Community College Leadership Emphasized
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (Sept. 25, 2016)

Enrollment Is Tanking at the University of Phoenix, DeVry and Other For-Profit Colleges
Los Angeles Times (The Associated Press) (Sept. 22, 2016)

Epidemic of Racist Incidents
Inside Higher Ed (Sept. 26, 2016)


Headlines from the Past Week 

Friday, Sept. 23

Politico is among those covering the decision by the Department of Education to withdraw recognition from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. The Chronicle of Higher Education explores in an episode of its Re:Learning podcast how colleges should adapt in a networked age.

Thursday, Sept. 22

Inside Higher Ed reports on the NCAA’s request to presidents and chancellors at NCAA member institutions to sign a pledge affirming their commitment to diversity and inclusion when conducting searches for athletics administrators. The Chronicle of Higher Education has the latest on City College of San Francisco and its regional accreditor, and California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed two bills to help students graduate from public institutions in four years.

Wednesday, Sept. 21

The Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions announced today that it would further scrutinize institutions with extremely low graduation rates, with a four-year rate below 25 percent to trigger the extra examination. The Chronicle of Higher Education looks at the impact of remediation reform on community colleges, and The Washington Post reports that a record number of colleges now have test-optional or flexible admissions policies.

Tuesday, Sept. 20

Diverse: Issues In Higher Education reports on the new Credential Registry, which will help users compare the quality and value of credentials, including college degrees and industry certifications. The Education Department has launched a website to further help ITT Tech students, and the DeVry Education Group has announced that it will limit the amount of federal revenue, including from veterans and military tuition assistance, it receives by lowering the so-called federal 90-10 rule at its institutions.

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