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HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

January 19, 2017



In this morning’s headlines, Inside Higher Ed looks back at the successes and failures of President Obama’s higher education agenda, while Times Higher Education looks forward to U.S. academia under President Trump. The New York Times writes about the state of colleges and universities dedicated to serving students of modest means, and The Washington Post reports on the lawsuit filed yesterday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau against Navient, one of the largest student loan management companies in the country. These stories and more below:

The Higher Education President
Inside Higher Ed (Jan. 19, 2017)

A New Frontier: US Academia Under President Trump
Times Higher Education (sub. req.) (Jan. 19, 2017)

OPINION: America’s Great Working-Class Colleges
The New York Times (sub. req.) (Jan. 18, 2017)

Student Loan Servicer Navient Hit With Three Government Lawsuits in One Day
The Washington Post (sub. req.) (Jan. 18, 2017)

Colleges Are Pushed to Stand Behind What They Sell With Money-back Guarantees
The Hechinger Report (Jan. 19, 2017)

At Long Last, Agency Completes Overhaul of Rules on Use of Humans in Research
The Chronicle of Higher Education (Jan. 18, 2017)


Headlines from the Past Week 

Wednesday, Jan. 18

Betsy DeVos’s contentious confirmation hearing for secretary of education leads the higher education news this morning, including stories in Inside Higher Ed, The Washington Post and USA Today, among many others. In other news, The Chronicle of Higher Education looks at the impact of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act on higher education.

Tuesday, Jan. 17

The Washington Post previews today’s confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, President-elect Trump’s pick for Education Secretary, while Inside Higher Ed asks policy experts, academics, and others what questions they hope to see answered in the hearing. The Chronicle of Higher Education looks at the “uncharted waters” for higher education under the Trump administration, and The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the challenge college presidents will face advocating for issues important to their campuses, while still respecting a presidential administration that may be on the opposite side.

Friday, Jan. 13

Gail O. Mellow, president of LaGuardia Community College (NY), opines in The Hechinger Report in favor of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s free-college proposal. Inside Higher Ed reports on legislation in Missouri and Iowa seeking to end tenure at public colleges and universities.

Thursday, Jan. 12

Inside Higher Ed takes a look at what seems to be an improving situation at City College of San Francisco and interviews its interim chancellor, Susan Lamb. The Washington Post reports that billionaire and conservative activist Charles Koch is giving $25 million to enable scholars at historically black universities to research education, criminal justice and entrepreneurship in communities plagued by high crime and other social ills.

Wednesday, Jan. 11

NPR looks at the “higher education learning revolution” and The Atlantic explores potential gaps in New York’s free-college plan. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the move by some colleges to look to their real estate for additional revenue streams.

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