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HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

September 21, 2017



In this morning’s headlines, University of California President Janet Napolitano talks with The Chronicle of Higher Education about campus fee speech, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and other issues; The Hechinger Report looks at a new initiative at McMaster University’s (ON) business school that makes the humanities part of the curriculum; and a new report is out on voter turnout on college campuses in the 2016 election. These stories and more below:

Napolitano Riffs on DeVos, Free Speech, and DACA
The Chronicle of Higher Education (Sept. 20, 2017)

How To Save the Humanities? Make Them a Requirement Toward a Business Degree
The Hechinger Report  (Sept. 20, 2017)

2016 Voter Turnout Dropped At HBCUs, Climbed At Women's Colleges, Study Finds
NPR (Sept. 20, 2017)

More Scrutiny of Colleges' Finances? Education Department Says No
Inside Higher Ed (Sept. 21, 2017)

A GWU Freshman Brought Her Baking Business to College. Small Problem with That.
The Washington Post (Sept. 20, 2017)


Headlines from the Past Month 

Wednesday, Sept. 20

The Washington Post looks at the strides the University of Texas at Austin is making to raise its on-time graduation rate, which went from 52 percent in 2013 to 66 percent this year. A survey by the General Management Admissions Council found that 75 percent of two-year MBA programs saw fewer applicants from outside the United States for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Tuesday, Sept. 19

The Washington Post reports that a settlement has been to provide thousands of individuals with restitution after false student debt collection lawsuits. Bentley University (MA) president writes in an op-ed about the need for liberal arts education for business students in today’s economy and The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the White House has appointed Jonathan Holifield as executive director of The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges.

Monday, Sept. 18

The News and Observer (NC) features an interview with a student currently protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and what the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the policy means for his future. The Boston Globe reports that international students are continuing to choose colleges and universities in Canada over the United States and The Chronicle of Education covers the announcement that James Ryan, currently dean of the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University (MA), will be the next president of the University of Virginia.  

Friday, Sept. 15

Coverage of Dreamers and a potential DACA legislative deal continues to dominate higher education headlines (see here, here and here). NPR reports on efforts to help financially vulnerable college students in the wake of natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey.

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