HEADLINES: Top Higher Education News for the Week

September 19th

University presidents in Massachusetts are reaching out to members of the state's Congressional delegation in an effort to draw attention to federal immigration policies they say are making it difficult to attract and retain international students, faculty and researchers . . . The Hechinger Report looks at how colleges are focusing on retaining part-time students . . . University of California President Janet Napolitano has announced she will step down next year.

College Presidents: Immigration Policies Are Weighing On Mass. Higher Education
WBUR | Sept. 18, 2019

Colleges and States Turn Their Attention to Slow-moving Part-time Students
The Hechinger Report | Sept. 19, 2019

UC President Janet Napolitano to Step Down
Los Angeles Times
(sub. req.) | Sept. 18. 2019

September 18th

The House voted Tuesday to extend $255 million in spending for minority-serving colleges and universities, while advocacy groups are urging the Senate to take action before the funding expires Sept. 30… Inside Higher Ed reports that Sen. Lamar Alexander is expected to introduce legislation soon that would offer a path to piecemeal reauthorization of the Higher Education Act… New Mexico announces its plan to offer free college to state residents, according to The New York Times…  Goldie Blumenstyk writes in The Chronicle of Higher Education about how Fort Lewis College has become a model for rural higher education.

House Backs Funding For Minority-Serving Colleges, But Will The Senate?
The Washington Post (sub. req.) | Sept. 17, 2019

Scaled-Back HEA Plan Coming Soon?
Inside Higher Ed | Sept. 18, 2019

Under The Plan, Tuition To All State Colleges Would Be Free For Students Regardless Of Family Income.
The New York Times (sub. req.) | Sept. 18, 2019

Lessons From a Rural College’s ‘Turnaround,’ Before It Even Starts
The Chronicle of Higher Education | Sept. 18, 2019

September 17th

Cornell’s medical school announced it will offer a full ride to students who qualify for financial aid, according to The New York Times… Over the next few months, the White House will visit campuses to discuss foreign threats to research, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education… The House will vote today on hundreds of millions in funding for historically black colleges and other minority-serving institutions that expires at the end of the month.

Cornell’s Medical School Offers Full Rides in Battle Over Student Debt
The New York Times (sub. req.) | Sept. 16, 2019

White House Officials Will Visit Campuses to Discuss Foreign Threats to Research
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) | Sept. 17, 2019

House to Vote on HBCU Funding as Deadline Looms
Politico Morning Education | Sept. 17, 2019

September 16th

After student protests against controversial and conservative speakers on college campuses, state lawmakers around the country are passing legislation to beef up free expression policies… An opinion piece in The Hill focuses on how passing the Future Act will help minority serving institutions… Economists explore the downsides of free community college, according to a column in The Hechinger Report.

Free Speech Laws Mushroom in Wake of Campus Protests
Inside Higher Ed | Sept. 16, 2019

OPINION: To Boost Minority Serving Institutions, Bipartisan Future Act Needs Immediate Action
The Hill | Sept. 13, 2019

Economists Find Free Community College Can Backfire
The Hechinger Report | Sept. 16, 2019

September 13th

The Chronicle of Higher Education writes that while international students filled the hole left by state funding cuts during the 2008 recession, colleges won’t be able to rely on them as a safety net in the next downturn . . . A new survey finds that California college students’ biggest struggle is juggling jobs to pay for food and housing . . . With a deadline fast approaching for lawmakers, historically black colleges face a loss of $85 million in annual funding for STEM education . . . U.S. News looks at where the 2020 Democratic candidates stand on free college and student debt.

International Students Bailed Out Colleges in the Last Recession. They Won’t This Time.
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) | Sept. 12, 2019

California College Students’ Biggest Struggle Is Juggling Jobs To Pay For Food And Housing, Survey Finds
Los Angeles Times (sub. req.) | Sept. 12, 2019

HBCUs Press Congress to Extend Funding
Inside Higher Ed | Sept. 13, 2019

Where the 2020 Candidates Stand on Free College and Student Debt
U.S. News & World Report | Sept. 12, 2019

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