HEADLINES: Top Higher Education News for the Week

October 27

College tuition increased at historically low rates for the second year in a row, a new report from the College Board shows…The Association of American Universities has agreed to a new set of principles on sexual harassment that aims to bolster transparency during hiring processes and eradicate misconduct…North Carolina Central University’s Marathon Teaching Institute is trying to increase minority male representation in K-12 education by giving $25,000 scholarships to students who will be guaranteed jobs in the Durham Public Schools system post-graduation.   

Tuition Increases Remain at a Historic Low
Inside Higher Ed | Oct. 27, 2021    

AAU Takes Aim at 'Pass the Harasser' With New Principles on Sexual Misconduct
Higher Ed Dive | Oct. 26, 2021

Only 2% of US Teachers Are Black Men. This NCCU Program Could Help Change That.
The News & Observer | Oct. 27, 2021 

October 26

A year after the pandemic caused dramatic decreases in undergraduate enrollment at colleges around the country, enrollment continues to slide, reports The Washington Post and NPR…United Negro College Fund and Complete College America are supporting Black colleges’ efforts to upgrade their digital infrastructure and online coursework.

Nationwide College Enrollment Continues to Slide

The Washington Post (sub. req.) | Oct. 26, 2021

College Enrollment Plummeted During the Pandemic. This Fall, It's Even Worse
NPR | Oct. 26, 2021 

Philanthropies Help HBCUs Take Their Education Online
Inside Higher Ed | Oct. 26, 2021

October 25

Advocates for tuition-free community college were disappointed by President Biden’s announcement that it won’t be a part of the Build Back Better Act, but they aren’t giving up yet, according to Inside Higher Ed…Enrollment rates at community colleges continue to plummet across the country as administrators seek solutions to stanch the outward flow of students…Colby College in Waterville, Maine is helping build back up the once-struggling mill town, hoping the investment will lift them both, The Boston Globe reports.

It’s Not Over Till It’s Over
Inside Higher Ed | October 25, 2021

Fall Enrollment Drops Bring Fresh Worries
Inside Higher Ed | October 25, 2021

Maine College Invests in Once-Struggling Mill Town, Hoping Rising Tide Will Lift Both​
The Boston Globe (sub. req.) | October 24, 2021

October 22

In an op-ed in The Washington Post, Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber calls the college rankings “a slightly daft obsession that does harm when colleges, parents, or students take it too seriously” . . . NPR looks at what is in and out of the pending, scaled back reconciliation measure . . .  Inside Higher Ed reports on new research that shows that gerrymandering dilutes the impact of student voters on large campuses--especially at HBCUs . . . Texas is the first state to set higher education goals connected directly with the earnings related to postsecondary credentials in new guidelines set by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Austin American Statesman reports. 

OPINION: I Lead America’s Top-ranked University. Here’s Why These Rankings Are a Problem.
The Washington Post (sub. req.) | Oct. 21, 2021

Here's What We Know Is in the Scaled Back Biden Budget Bill — and What Got Cut
NPR | Oct. 22, 2021​

Partisan Gerrymandering Targets Campuses
Inside Higher Ed | Oct. 22, 2021

With Texans Falling Short of College Degree Goals, State Prioritizes Credentials, Earnings
The Austin American Statesman | Oct. 22, 202`

October 20

Joseph I. Castro, chancellor of the California State University, writes about the importance of doubling the maximum Pell Grant in a USA Today op-ed…NPR looks at the hurdles study abroad faces as those programs start to come back…The Washington Post reports that President Biden is telling Democrats the reconciliation spending package must be slimmed down, which could affect higher education initiatives.

Pell Grant Put College Within My Reach. Now, Let’s Double It: University Chancellor
USA Today | Oct. 20, 2021

Study Abroad Is Coming Back. But With More Hurdles
NPR | Oct. 19, 2021

Biden Tells Democrats That Package of Up to $1.9 Trillion Should Be New Target of Talks
The Washington Post (sub. req.) | Oct. 19, 2021 

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