HEADLINES: Top Higher Education News for the Week

September 26

​In an opinion piece in The Washington Post, Ethan Ris writes how college rankings tend to exclude HBCUs…  Dreamer and Yale medical student Yadira Bribiesca writes about the uncertainty she faces as a potential physician in the United States if Congress does not pass legislation to protect people like her… At the annual meeting of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), educators share tips for how colleges can land a diverse student body and caution about what not to do.​

A Deep Dive into HBCUs, College Rankings and Exclusion (Opinion)
The Washington Post (sub. req). | Sept. 25, 2022

Op-Ed: Protect the Dreamers. The U.S. Needs Doctors-in-Training like me
The Los Angeles Times (sub. req). | Sept. 24, 2022

How to (and How Not to) Recruit Minority Students
Inside Higher Ed | Sept. 26, 2022

September 23

The University of Texas reported record overall enrollment and four-year graduation rates for both its total population and for students of color… Pennsylvania State University could request a 47 percent increase in state funding for 2023-24, following three years of flat funding.

University of Texas Reports Record Overall Enrollment, Four-year Graduation Rates
Austin American-Statesman | Sept. 22, 2022

Penn State May Ask For Historic 47% Increase in State Funding
The Philadelphia Inquirer (sub. req.) | Sept. 22, 2022

September 22

The University of California will give a second chance to thousands of rejected California high school applicants who successfully complete their missing courses at a community college… The House approved a bill already passed in the Senate that would let couples who combined their student loans separate the debt, moving some borrowers closer to debt relief eligibility… Stanford Law School will allow some students to fund their law degrees with an income-share agreement, in which they would pay back tuition costs through a portion of their salaries, reports Higher Ed Dive... The Austin American-Statesman reports that University of Texas President Jay Hartzell stressed the importance of tenure, academic freedom, and civic discourse in his State of the University address… Emory will lead an effort to deliver 1 million rapid HIV self-tests to communities nationwide.

Los Angeles Times (sub. req.) | Sept. 22, 2022

House Backs Bill To Let People With Spousal Student Loans Split the Debt
The Washington Post (sub. req.) | Sept. 21, 2022

Stanford Law School Tries Out Income-share Financing
Higher Ed Dive | Sept. 22, 2022

University of Texas President Jay Hartzell Defends Tenure, Academic Freedom in Annual Speech
Austin American-Statesman | Sept. 21, 2022

Emory Set to Launch National HIV Self-testing Program
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (sub. req.) | Sept. 22, 2022

September 21

Terry Hartle, who has led ACE’s lobbying efforts for almost 30 years, announced that he will retire at the end of this year… The Biden administration released a state-by-state breakdown of borrowers impacted by President Biden’s student debt forgiveness plan, which could eliminate student debt entirely for 20 million borrowers… NPR reports on how HBCUs are spending their COVID-19 relief money and the role states play in contributing to the student debt crisis… A new report from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies examines disparities in academic outcomes for Black community college students.

Terry Hartle, Higher Ed’s Top Lobbyist, To Retire
Inside Higher Ed | Sept. 21, 2022

White House Releases State-by-State Student Debt Forgiveness Estimates
The Hill | Sept. 20, 2022

How HBCUs Are Spending Their COVID-19 Relief Money
NPR | Sept. 20, 2022

The Role of States in Contributing to the Student Debt Crisis
NPR | Sept. 20, 2022

Black Enrollment Declines, Gaps Increase
Inside Higher Ed | Sept. 21, 2022

September 20

The number of applications submitted through the Common Application by minority applicants increased by 131 percent over the last eight years, a higher rate than the increase in total applications, reports Inside Higher Ed… An op-ed in the Chicago Tribune critiques the U.S. News & World Report college rankings, arguing that personal fit is more important than rankings when selecting which college to attend… Notre Dame of Maryland University said it will begin admitting male students to its traditional women-only undergraduate program starting in fall 2023.

Common App Sees Rise in Minority Applicants
Inside Higher Ed | Sept. 20, 2022

OPINION: U.S. News College Rankings Don’t Matter. Whether a School Is a Good Fit Does.
Chicago Tribune (sub. req.) | Sept. 19, 2022

Maryland Women’s College To Go Fully Coed Starting in Fall 2023
The Washington Post (sub. req.) | Sept. 18, 2022

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