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HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

October 13, 2015



In this morning’s headlines, Inside Higher Ed looks at the possible role that student work plays in various Democratic proposals for free college. In other news, Williams College President Adam Falk writes on socioeconomic diversity on college campuses in The Washington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education investigates violent hazing in Asian-American fraternities. These stories and more below:

Working for Free College
Inside Higher Ed (Oct. 13, 2015)

OPINION: Why ‘Need-Blind’ Is the Wrong Goal for College Admissions
The Washington Post (Oct. 12, 2015)

Why Does Violent Hazing Plague Asian-American Fraternities?
The Chronicle of Higher Education (Oct. 12, 2015)

For-Profit Colleges Accused of Fraud Still Receive U.S. Funds
The New York Times (Oct. 12, 2015)

Next Arms Race in Major Sports Is at the Food Table
The New York Times (Oct. 6, 2015)

How the UC System Is Making Patents Pay Off
Los Angeles Times (sub. req.) (Oct. 10, 2015)

California Bans Concealed Handguns on College, School Campuses
The Sacramento Bee (Oct. 10, 2015)



Headlines from the Past Week 

Friday, October 9

NPR reports that many tenured professors are postponing retirement, making it more difficult for colleges and universities to cut costs and improve productivity at a time when the cost of higher education is rising. The Hechinger Report focuses on potential flaws in the College Scorecard’s reporting of federal data on low-income graduation rates, and The Chronicle of Education covers how changes to the FAFSA in the form of prior-prior-year tax data will affect institutions. 

Thursday, October 8

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has announced it will launch a pilot program that will allow students to earn a master’s degree by completing the first semester online and the second on campus. A new survey revealed that employers, particularly small businesses, anticipate hiring 15 percent more college graduates in the 2015-16 academic year.

Wednesday, October 7

The New York Times covers steps colleges are taking to strengthen security measures and improve high-tech communications systems to send emergency instructions to students and staff members in case of on campus emergencies. Times Higher Education looks at a recent trip of college and university presidents to Cuba and how increased diplomatic relations might lead to deepened academic collaboration with U.S. institutions, and Nashville Public Radio covers the enrollment progress of Tennessee Promise, a little over a year after the program’s implementation.

Tuesday, October 6

The National Bureau of Economic Research released a new study that compares the academic preparation and outcomes of traditional-age students at two-year and four-year colleges. The Chronicle of Higher Education looks at how online universities are helping refugees continue their education and The Washington Post profiles Longwood University, a small institution in rural Virginia, the site of an upcoming vice presidential debate.

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