HEADLINES: Top Higher Education News for the Week

September 26, 2023

Over 350 colleges and universities have announced that they would standardize information in their financial aid offers as part of the work of the College Cost Transparency Initiative, a coalition of higher education associations that includes ACE, to make offers more clear, accurate, and transparent... Time looks at how faculty and students on college campuses are helping address the mental health crisis.

Hundreds of Colleges Agree to Make Financial Aid Offers More Transparent
The Washington Post (sub. req.) | Sept. 26, 2023

With Demand for Mental-Health Care Soaring on Campus, Faculty and Students Are Stepping Up to Help
Time | Sept. 21, 2023

September 25, 2023

​Harold Martin, the chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University, will retire at the end of the academic year... College admissions counselors discussed the future of admissions at the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s annual conference, Inside Higher Ed reports... A recent study found that implementing structural changes into introductory physics courses each can help close equity gaps... Ransomware attacks against K-12 and higher education institutions in the United States are estimated to have cost over $35 billion between 2018 and mid-September 2023, according to a new report.

NC A&T Chancellor Announces He Will Retire at the End of the Academic Year
The News & Observer | Sept. 22, 2023

Dispatch From a Post–Affirmative Action NACAC
Inside Higher Ed | Sept. 25, 2023

Grade Gaps Reflect Course Problems, Not Students’ Shortcomings
Inside Higher Ed | Sept. 25, 2023

Education Ransomware Attacks Cost Over $53B in Downtime Over 5 Years
Higher Ed Dive | Sept. 25, 2023

September 19, 2023

The annual U.S. News & World Report college and university rankings, released Monday, used a new methodology... NPR reports that the Biden administration has sent letters to the governors of 16 states appealing to them to invest more money in HBCUs, saying that these institutions have missed out on more than $13 billion they should have gotten in the last three decades... Inside Higher Ed writes that the Postsecondary Student Success Program, which funds evidence-based programs and strategies designed to improve outcomes for underserved students, is at risk for having all funding cut in FY 2024.

U.S. News College Rankings Are Scrambled as Its Formula Changes
The Washington Post (sub. req.) | Sept. 18, 2023

State-Run, Land-Grant HBCUs Are Owed More Than $13 Billion, the White House Says
NPR | Sept. 18, 2023

Funding for College-Completion Program at Risk in Federal Budget
Inside Higher Ed | Sept. 19, 2023

September 18, 2023

In Inside Higher Ed’s annual survey, admissions leaders share their views on the Supreme Court’s race in admissions ruling and other major changes in the sector... The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the formation of “Alt New College,” a network of alternative online courses for students who remain at the revamped New College of Florida.

Admissions Officers Reflect on a Transformative Year
Inside Higher Ed | Sept. 18, 2023

Why Scholars Are Creating an ‘Alt New College’
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) | Sept. 15, 2023

September 14, 2023

According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, colleges and universities should take a hard look at their third-party repayment plans and avoid subjecting borrowers to high fees or coercive debt collection practices, reports The Washington Post... A new Gallup poll found that a majority of Gen Z K-12 students value college but are still concerned about affordability, writes Higher Ed Dive... The Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke with David Thomas about his first five and a half years as Morehouse College president and his future goals for the institution...  

Federal Watchdog Warns About College Tuition Installment Plans
The Washington Post (sub. req.) | Sept. 15, 2023

Gen Z Values College, but Affordability Concerns Remain
Higher Ed Dive | Sept. 15, 2023

Morehouse President Eyes Growth While Preserving Historic Roots
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (sub. req.) | Sept. 15, 2023

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