HEADLINES: Top Higher Education News for the Week

January 23

The Chronicle of Higher Education lays out the higher education policies of the top six Democratic presidential candidates . . . A new working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that having more community colleges per capita in an area is linked to higher earnings and health benefits . . . Two California administrators and the director of the Student Success Dashboard write in an opinion piece for Inside Higher Ed about how to improve graduation rates by nudging faculty, not students.

Free College, Student-Debt Forgiveness, and Pell Grant Expansion Dominate Higher-Ed Policy for Top Democratic Candidates
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) | Jan. 22, 2020

Study: Community College Access Linked to Higher Earnings, Health Benefits
Education Dive | Jan. 21, 2020

OPINION: Improving Graduation Rates By Nudging Faculty, Not Students
Inside Higher Ed | Jan. 23, 2020

January 22

An Iranian student was turned away from Boston’s Logan International Airport on Monday, sparking protests over the latest in a growing number of cases of international students blocked from entering the United States . . .The Chronicle of Higher Education writes that student-success administrative positions are on the rise as colleges realize they need to improve completion to stay competitive . . . Although the amount of new student-loan borrowing has declined, the amount of debt remains high because of low repayment rates, according to the Los Angeles Times . . . Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University, and Jerry Falwell Jr, president of Liberty University spoke with Inside Higher Ed about how political a university leader can be.

Iranian Student Turned Back at Airport, Sparking Protest
The New York Times (sub. req.) | Jan. 21, 2020

Administrators Who Help Keep Students on Track
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) | Jan. 19, 2020

Students Are Borrowing Less. So Why Do They Owe More?
Los Angeles Times (sub. req.) | Jan. 22, 2020

The Political College President
Inside Higher Ed | Jan. 22, 2020

January 21

An op-ed in The New York Times says that in a sharp downturn college can be a shock absorber and that public institutions need plenty of money during economic declines…The Baltimore Sun editorial board says that Maryland community colleges deserve to be a higher educational priority…Inside Higher Ed publishes its annual survey of provosts, with only 22 percent believing that their institution is very effective at recruiting and retaining talented faculty members…The Bergen Record writes about three things to know about Jonathan Holloway, expected to be named the new president of Rutgers University…

In a Sharp Downturn, College Can Be a Shock Absorber
The New York Times (sub. req.) | Jan. 19, 2020

OPINION: Maryland Community Colleges Deserve to Be a Higher Educational Priority
The Baltimore Sun| Jan. 17, 2020

For Provosts, Pressure Over Money
Inside Higher Ed | Jan. 21, 2020

3 Things to Know About Rutgers' Next President, Jonathan Holloway
Bergen Record | Jan. 20, 2020

January 17

More University of North Carolina system students are graduating within five years than ever before…Pennsylvania higher education system leaders say reforms such as a new tuition policy are putting system campuses on the cusp of securing long-term health…Inside Higher Ed looks at the proposed rule released yesterday by the Department of Education that seeks to “level the playing field” for faith-based institutions applying for funding from the agency...

A Goal Met: More UNC System Students Are Graduating Within 5 Years Than Ever Before
The News & Observer | Jan. 16, 2020

'We Are Ready': State System Chancellor Says Reforms In Place but Next 12 Months Critical
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Jan. 15, 2020

Protecting Faith-Based Colleges
Inside Higher Ed | Jan. 17, 2020

January 16

John Katzman, founder and CEO of Noodle Partners, writes in Inside Higher Ed about the changes that colleges and institutions may make in the next decade…Washington state lawmakers are trying to make college more accessible…Rosemont College in the Philadelphia area has selected Jayson Boyers as its next president…Georgetown College in Kentucky is offering full-tuition scholarships to students from four nearby counties if they enroll full time and live on campus…

Will Higher Education Roar in the '20s?
Inside Higher Ed | Jan. 16, 2020

Last Year, Washington Lawmakers Made College Free For Some. This Year, They Want to Make It More Accessible.
The Seattle Times (sub. req.)| Jan. 16, 2020

Rosemont College Picks President of Michigan School As Its Next Leader
The Philadelphia Inquirer (sub. req.)| Jan. 14, 2020

As Enrollment Declines Loom, One Liberal Arts College Is Banking On Free Tuition
Education Dive | Jan. 15, 2020

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