HEADLINES: Top Higher Education News for the Week

November 30

Inside Higher Ed looks at who might replace Lamar Alexander as the top Republican on the Senate's education committee . . . A number of the nation’s best-known university leaders have announced resignations this year but overall the number of campus and system presidents stepping down appears to be within the normal range, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education . . . An opinion piece in Inside Higher Ed outlines four guiding principles to help campuses prepare to open their doors again in the upcoming spring semester . . . The COVID-19 pandemic has financially devastated college athletic departments across the United States, writes the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Who Will Replace Alexander?
Inside Higher Ed | Nov. 30, 2020

Is the Pandemic Pushing a Wave of Presidents Out? Not Yet
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) | Nov. 24, 2020

Reopenings Redux
Inside Higher Ed | Nov. 30, 2020

'It’s Crippling': COVID-19 Pandemic has Financially Thrashed College Athletic Departments
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Nov. 29, 2020

November 24

As The Washington Post reports, a range of pandemic relief programs is set to expire Dec. 31, including measures that froze student loan payments and the collection of defaulted education debt by the federal government. ACE and other associations have requested an extension from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos . . . Inside Higher Ed reports on the political ascendancy of Kamala Harris and Stacey Abrams, which has led some higher ed leaders to renew their commitment to helping Black women assume leadership roles, and profiles Jill Biden, who plans to continue teaching as first lady . . . Alejandro Mayorkas, the architect of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, is Joe Biden's pick for secretary of Homeland Security . . . Education Dive looks at how some colleges are reenrolling students who stopped out during the pandemic . . . The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board writes in support of Pennsylvania's effort to join a coalition of states that have prohibited public colleges from asking applicants about criminal histories.

Looming End to Student Loan Payment Moratorium Raises Fears Among Defaulted Borrowers
The Washington Post (sub. req.) | Nov. 23, 2020

Colleges Ask DeVos to Extend Break From Repaying Student Loans
Inside Higher Ed | Nov. 23, 2020

Front and Center
Inside Higher Ed | Nov. 23, 2020

A College Professor as First Lady
Inside Higher Ed | Nov. 24, 2020

Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden's Pick For DHS Head, Would Be 1st Latino In Post
NPR | Nov. 23, 2020

How Colleges are Reenrolling Stopped-Out Students During the Pandemic
Education Dive | Nov. 23, 2020

OPINION: Criminal Justice and College Applications
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Nov. 24, 2020

November 23

The Wall Street Journal looks at the steep decline in community college enrollment during the pandemic, while the Seattle Times reports that the state's program of two years of free community college has helped it buck that trend . . . Education Dive looks at the President-elect Biden's proposal to distribute new funding for colleges on the Title I model, and whether or not he can double Pell Grants . . .  St. Mary’s College of Maryland unveils memorial to enslaved people on its campus . . . USA Today examines the mental health challenges college students are dealing with during the pandemic.

Tumbling Community-College Enrollment Highlights Pandemic’s Broad Impact
The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) | Nov. 22, 2020

Seattle’s Tuition-Free Community College Program Comes to the Rescue During the Pandemic
The Seattle Times (sub. req.) | Nov. 22, 2020

Biden has Proposed Title I for Colleges. Here's What That Could Look Like.
Education Dive | Nov. 20, 2020

Will Biden be Able to Double the Pell Grant?
Education Dive | Nov. 20, 2020

St. Mary’s College of Maryland Unveils Memorial to Enslaved People on Its Campus
The Washington Post (sub. req.) | Nov. 20, 2020

'A Perfect Storm': College Students Face Incredible Mental Health Stressors During COVID-19 Pandemic
USA Today | Nov. 21, 2020

November 20

​Higher education associations are urging the incoming Biden administration to quickly undo much of what the Trump administration did on higher education policy, starting with changing a rule that, they worry, will make it harder for victims of sexual assault and harassment to come forward, reports Inside Higher EdThe Chronicle of Higher Education takes an in-depth look at the pros and cons of student debt relief.

Colleges Want Biden to Undo Much of What DeVos Did
Inside Higher Ed | Nov. 20, 2020

After Biden Is Sworn In, Does Student-Debt Relief Come Next?
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) | Nov. 19, 2020

November 19

Political pressure is mounting for president-elect Joe Biden to use executive authority to cancel federal student debt as a form of economic stimulus, a proposal that is exposing sharp divisions among economists, consumer activists and policy wonks…. NPR explores the legacy of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos…The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports on how the combining of Pennsylvania’s 14 state university campuses could cut student costs by 25 percent…Inside Higher Ed takes a closer look at the drop in community college enrollments.

Calls for Biden to Cancel Student Debt Grow, Alongside Tensions Surrounding the Policy
The Washington Post (sub. req.) | Nov. 18, 2020

The Legacy Of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
NPR | Nov. 19, 2020

Combining Pa. State Universities Could Help Cut Student Costs by 25%, Say Leaders
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette | Nov. 18, 2020

Who's Up, Who's Down and Why
Inside Higher Ed | Nov. 19, 2020

 ACE Op-Eds

 Letters to the Editor