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HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

April 20, 2018



Inside Higher Ed reports that legislation to extend the federal government's primary law on career and technical education is stalled in Congress . . . A bipartisan group of lawmakers is working to build support for repealing a new excise tax on potentially billions of dollars in private college endowments . . . Drexel President John Fry writes in support of the hazing bill currently in the Pennsylvania state legislature . . . Cal State, the nation's largest public university system, will no longer consider a plan to raise tuition for the 2018-19 academic year. 

Another Higher Ed Bill Stalled in Congress​
Inside Higher Ed (April 20, 2018)

Bipartisan Group in Congress Joins Fight to Repeal Tax on College Endowments
CNBC (April 19, 2018)

Drexel Prez: Tim Piazza's Death Still Weighs on Me; Tougher Penalties for Hazing Necessary
The Philadelphia Inquirer (sub. req.) (April 19, 2018)

Cal State Leader Shelves Proposed Tuition Hike: 'It's the Right Thing to Do, But It's Not Without Risk'
Los Angeles Times (sub. req.) (April 20, 2018)


Headlines From the Past Week

Thursday, April 19

The American Talent Initiative—an effort to recruit and graduate low-income students—now stands at 100 colleges. NPR talks with four presidents about the initiative . . . Inside Higher Ed looks at the impact of Purdue’s tuition freeze . . . The Pennsylvania Senate has unanimously approved harsher penalties for hazing that, if signed into law, would give the state one of the toughest laws against the crime in the nation . . . The Hechinger Report reports on states’ efforts to get adults back to college . . . The Atlantic​ looks at why low-income, minority high school students don’t apply to top institutions even though they could get in.

Wednesday, April 18

NPR reports on Dreamers who are returning voluntarily to Mexico in the wake of inaction by Congress and the administration to address DACA . . . Princeton to name buildings in honor of slaves after the release of sweeping research into the university’s racial history . . . The Chronicle of Higher Education looks at how highly ranked colleges spend their money . . . Wisconsin’s Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a suit that questions how far the principles of academic freedom at private colleges extend to internet trolling . . . Hampshire College names Miriam E. Nelson​ as its new president. 

Tuesday, April 17

The Department of Education announces plans to make it easier for permanently disabled military veterans to have their federal student debt forgiven . . . The Labor Department answers some questions about academic overtime pay . . . A Hechinger Report op-ed calls for “high-quality data to develop equity-driven policy solutions” as Congress works to reauthorize the Higher Education Act . . . The Wall Street Journal looks at how colleges and universities use merit awards as an enrollment strategy. ​

Monday, April 16

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on New Jersey Gov. Murphy’s free community college proposal and college and university presidents’ reaction to it . . . The Hechinger Report looks at the apprenticeship model and what the Trump administration is doing to support it . . . Jeff Selling explores the transformation of online learning for The Atlantic.

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