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HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

February 23, 2018



As some school districts threaten to suspend students who join protests for tougher gun laws, a number of colleges tell applicants that such suspensions won’t endanger their admission . . . An opinion piece in U.S. News & World Report says that new ED guidance is making it harder for students and colleges to receive financial aid, while another in The New York Times argues that onerous travel restrictions on journalists, academics, and students hurts the United States . . . ED releases records on higher education accrediting agencies, responding to a lawsuit filed by a public policy think tank.

Admissions Leaders Take a Stand
Inide Higher Ed (Feb. 23, 2018)

OPINION: Tyranny of the American Visa Regime ​
The New York Times (sub. req.) (Feb. 23, 2018)

OPINION: Don't Make Getting Financial Aid Harder
U.S. News and World Report (Feb. 23, 2018)

Education Dept. Releases Records at Center of a Lawsuit over Accrediting Panels
The Washington Post (sub. req.) (Feb. 22, 2018)


Headlines From the Past Week

Thursday, Feb. 22

ACE and Credly announce an initiative to work with employers to assess which skills and competencies employees can derive from work-based training programs, and how much college credit these are worth . . . The Texas legislature is taking a look at how the state funds higher education each year . . . Changes to the tax code may restrict growth in philanthropy to U.S. higher education to less than 6 percent this year, according to a report this week​ from Moody’s Investors Service.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

The College of William & Mary (VA) names its first female president, Katherine A. Rowe . . . The Department of Education signals interest in revisiting rules making student loans eligible for bankruptcy . . . New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has appointed former White House staffer Zakiya Smith Ellis as secretary of higher education . . . The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities announces it will work with a group of 100 public universities to work on improving student completion rates and closing achievement gaps . . . An undocumented student trustee for the California State University system pleads with lawmakers​ to provide a path forward for Dreamers. 

Tuesday, Feb. 20

​California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley responds to criticism from President Trump about the purpose of the nation’s community colleges, asserting, “We serve the top 100 percent of students” . . . The Hechinger Report examines remedial education . . . The Wall Street Journal interviews Joseph Aoun, president of Northeastern University, on how to prepare college students for a world of artificial intelligence . . . Navajo President Russell Begaye tells children of the Navajo Nation to seek higher education, then return home with that knowledge . . . Bronx Community College and President Thomas Isekenegbe make BCC’s 1,000 African students an important part of campus life.

Friday, Feb. 16

The Washington Post and Inside Higher Ed cover the Senate’s failure to pass legislation protecting Dreamers . . . The New York Times reports that Senate leaders are reconsidering the ban on Pell Grants for prisoners . . . The Detroit Free Press​ looks at how Marygrove College (MI) has found new life as a graduate-only institution.

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