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HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

July 21, 2017



In today’s news, Inside Higher Ed looks at how the upcoming budget resolution might cut billions in student aid funding, and The Washington Post covers a summit of HBCU presidents on inclusive practices and policies for LGBTQ students on campus. In other news, the Los Angeles Times reports on a potential move by the California Community College system to remove barriers to degree attainment by dropping the algebra requirement for non-STEM majors. See these and more stories below.

Education Spending in the Crosshairs
Inside Higher Ed (July 21, 2017)

HBCU Leaders Focus on LGBT Inclusion During Summit with Advocacy Group
The Washington Post (July 20, 2017)

Drop Algebra Requirement for Non-STEM Majors, California Community Colleges Chief Says
Los Angeles Times (July 17, 2017)

Need Dorms? Here’s One College’s ‘Crazy’ Idea to Recycle 3 Buildings
The Chronicle of Higher Education (July 20, 2017)

OPINION: American Colleges Should Stop Recklessly Sending Students to Iran
The Washington Post (July 20, 2017)


Headlines from the Past Week 

Thursday, July 20

Ted Mitchell, a former college president and top federal policy maker, has been named as the 13th president of ACE, effective Sept. 1. The Wall Street Journal reports that the number of colleges and universities have dropped 6% since the 2015-16 academic year and The Chronicle of Higher Education carries an op-ed by ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle examining the partisan split on the value of higher education.

Wednesday, July 19

House Republicans issued a 2018 budget bill Tuesday afternoon that rejects several higher education cuts proposed by President Trump, and The Hechinger Report covers an ACE study that showed the federal government is underestimating the graduation rates at Minority-Serving Institutions. Inside Higher Ed reports that Southern New Hampshire University is expanding its plans to make higher education easily accessible to refugees.

Tuesday, July 18

Inside Higher Ed covers a Monday hearing on updates to the Post-9/11 GI Bill and NPR carries an interview with Purdue University (IN) President Mitch Daniels on the future of higher education. The New York Times reports that some students who took out private loans may have their balances wiped out due to missing paperwork.

Monday, July 17

The Chicago Tribune reports that public universities in Illinois are still facing uncertainties as the fall semester approaches despite having a state budget deal for the first time in two years. Diverse: Issues In Higher Education covers the news that Luns C. Richardson, president of Morris College (SC), will step down after 43 years leading the institution.

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