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HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

March 24, 2017



In today’s headlines, The Washington Post reports that university leaders are worried that immigration policies set by the Trump administration will deter international scholars from coming to the U.S. and The Wall Street Journal explores why more students are choosing to obtain graduate degrees overseas. In other news, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education announces that Fisk University (GA) has named Kevin Rome as its president. See these and more stories below.

‘They’re Afraid To Come': University Leaders Worry Trump Policies Will Deter International Scholars
The Washington Post (March 24, 2017)

For U.S. Grad Students, Overseas Schools Beckon
The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) (March 23, 2017)

Fisk University Names Kevin Rome President
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (March 23, 2017)

The Free Certificate Movement
Inside Higher Ed (March 24, 2017)

College Is the Goal. The Problem? Getting There.
The New York Times (sub. req.) (March 24, 2017)

UC is Moving Forward with Mexican Initiative, Regardless of Trump Actions
Los Angeles Times (March 23, 2017)


Headlines from the Past Week 

Thursday, March 23

The Chronicle of Higher Education looks at the start of Betsy DeVos’s tenure as education secretary, specifically focusing on her initial efforts to roll back some protections of students and borrowers. The Washington Post reports on a new Google initiative called “Howard West” that brings students from Howard University in DC to Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., for three months of computer science classes and one-on-one mentorships with black Google tech employees designed to bolster diversity in STEM.

Wednesday, March 22

Inside Higher Ed looks at what The University of Chicago is doing to prepare for potential incidents of students protesting speakers on campus. The California State University system is modifying its remedial course requirements in order to help students graduate sooner and The New York Times carries an opinion piece from the former director of the National Institutes of Health about the potential damage of cuts to research funding.

Tuesday, March 21

The Trump administration’s proposed budget continues to be a focus in today’s headlines, with Inside Higher Ed looking at how cuts to certain programs could disproportionately affect minority students. Paul Quinn College (TX) will become the first urban HBCU to be designated as a work college by the Department of Education and Auburn University (AL) has selected Iowa State University President Steven Leath as its new president.

Monday, March 20

Dominating the higher education news today is a closer look at how President Trump’s proposed budget might impact college and universities nationwide (see Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, NPR and The Washington Post). The New York Times explores how the City University of New York, the largest urban public university system in the United States, is reworking its traditional remedial programs and The Washington Post reports that the Trump administration revoked federal guidance last week that barred student debt collectors from charging high fees on past-due loans.

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