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HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

June 30, 2015



In this morning’s headlines, The Chronicle of Higher Education takes a closer look at what to expect when the Supreme Court rehears the race-conscious admissions case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The Wall Street Journal looks at the latest report from the Council of Graduate Schools on international graduate school applications, and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education reports on two new studies that show efforts to close gender and race gaps in the STEM fields are not working. These stories and more below:


What to Expect as the Supreme Court Revisits Race in Admissions
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) (June 30, 2015)

Foreign Grad-School Applications Rise, Driven by Indian Candidates
The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) (June 30, 2015)

Efforts to Close Gender, Race Gaps in STEM Not Working
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (June 29, 2015)

Outsourced Campus Judges
Inside Higher Ed (June 30, 2015)

How Churches are Trying to Raise the College Graduation Rate
PBS Newshour (June 29, 2015)



Headlines from the Past Week 

Monday, June 29

The U.S. Supreme Court has again agreed to hear a legal challenge to the race-conscious admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin, first decided by the court in 2013. The Chronicle of Higher Education looks at what last week’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage might mean for higher education, while Inside Higher Ed reports on the recent education spending bills passed by the House and Senate appropriations committees.

Friday, June 26

The Chronicle of Higher Education looks at lessons learned from the Department of Education's change in direction on its ratings plan. In other news, Inside Higher Ed explores proposed changes to accreditation standards for general education standards for engineering students.

Thursday, June 25

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that instead of developing a system to rate colleges, Department of Education officials say they will focus instead on a consumer-oriented website. Inside Higher Ed looks at the impact on students at Florida’s two-year colleges in the wake of a new state law that allows them to skip remediation. In other news, University of Michigan President Mark S. Schlissel writes in The Washington Post that it is time to talk openly about sexual misconduct on campuses.

Wednesday, June 24

Inside Higher Ed looks at an education spending bill approved by a Senate subcommittee that increases funding for biomedical research, raises the maximum Pell Grant while diverting some surplus Pell funds and blocks Obama administration higher education regulations. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports the gainful employment regulation is one step closer to taking effect July 1 after a federal judge rejected a legal challenge by for-profit colleges.

Tuesday, June 23

The Chronicle of Higher Education writes about the tough road ahead for the new president of Sweet Briar College. A new program at the University of California at Irvine will allow humanities graduate students to earn their Ph.D.s in five years and be eligible to apply for an up to two-year, teaching-intensive postdoc.

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