HEADLINES: Top Higher Education News for the Week

April 14

Forty-eight higher education groups, including ACE, have issued a statement opposing efforts in a number of states to make it more difficult to vote…College health officials are scrambling to comply with a federal recommendation to pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education…Fewer students attending institutions this fall and increased attrition during the academic year drove declines in college transfer enrollment, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Higher Ed Groups Support Voting Rights
Inside Higher Ed | April 14, 2021

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause Throws Colleges a ‘Curve Ball’
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) | April 13, 2021

College Transfer Enrollment Still Lagging This Spring, Survey Says
Higher Ed Dive | April 12, 2021

April 13

NBC News reports on NCAA’s statement in support of transgender athletes. . . The Hechinger Report writes that the supply of Black scientists, engineers, and mathematicians is flat or falling even as demand goes up . . . The New York Times explores the possibility of an ‘epidemic of loss’ of women in the sciences prompted by the pandemic . . . Donald J. Green has been appointed the eighth president of Point Park University in Pennsylvania.

NCAA Backs Transgender Athletes, Says Events Will Be In Places 'Free of Discrimination'
NBC News | April 12, 2021

Colleges Now Produce Fewer Black Graduates in Math and Engineering
The Hechinger Report | April 12, 2021

Could the Pandemic Prompt an ‘Epidemic of Loss’ of Women in the Sciences?
The New York Times (sub. req.) | April 13, 2021

Point Park University Taps Educator from Georgia as New President
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette | April 12, 2021

April 12

President Biden’s proposed budget increases funding for Pell Grants, minority-serving institutions, research, and more, although higher education organizations and experts say there are a few other things they would have liked to see . . . As vaccines become more widely available, more colleges will require vaccination for the fall, writes NPR, while Inside Higher Ed reports on a survey finding that most prospective students are open to vaccine requirements . . . The Washington Post profiles Javier Quiroz, a DACA recipient in legal limbo as Congress debates citizenship legislation yet again.

A Big Budget From Biden
Inside Higher Ed | April 12, 2021

More Colleges Say They'll Require Students To Have COVID-19 Vaccines For Fall
NPR | April 11, 2021

Prospective Students Are Open to Vaccine Requirements
Inside Higher Ed | April 12, 2021

‘It’s Time’: As Congress Debates Citizenship Legislation Yet Again, A DACA Recipient Grows Frustrated
The Washington Post (sub. req.) | April 11, 2021

April 9

Inside Higher Ed profiles William Woods University President Jahnae Barnett as she prepares to retire at the end of the calendar year after three decades at the helm...Florida lawmakers pass a bill requiring “viewpoint diversity” surveys at public colleges and universities, Higher Ed Dive reports…A piece inTheAtlanta Journal-Constitution looks at the challenges facing individuals lacking a postsecondary education degree…Stories by the Bay Area News Group and NPR  look at the issue of whether institutions are going to require or encourage COVID-19 vaccines…The Boston Globe explores how the pandemic has changed the college admissions process.

More Than a ‘President in a 3-Piece Suit’
Inside Higher Ed | April 9, 2021

Florida Lawmakers Pass Bill Requiring 'Viewpoint Diversity' Survey at Public Colleges
Higher Ed Dive | April 8, 2021

OPINION: No Degree = Higher Degree of Life Challenges
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | April 6, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccines Encouraged but Not Required at Cal State Universities Next Fall
Bay Area News Group | April 8, 2021

Some Colleges Are Mandating COVID-19 Vaccines — But At What Cost?
NPR | April 8, 2021

The Pandemic Has Upended College Admissions With More Surprises and More Wait Lists
The Boston Globe (sub. req.) | April 8, 2021

April 8

Inside Higher Ed looks at the issue of campus vaccine requirements…Higher Ed Dive reports on legislation in Nevada that would create an independent state community college system.

Vaccine Mandates: The Next Political Battlefront
Inside Higher Ed | April 8, 2021

Nevada Bill Would Spin Off State's Community Colleges
Higher Ed Dive | April 7, 2021

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