HEADLINES: Top Higher Education News for the Week

February 23, 2024

Inside Higher Ed looks at a new report that finds rural-serving institutions tend to cost less and students graduate from them more quickly than from non-rural institutions... Christina A. Clark, former provost at Marywood University, will be the next president of La Roche University... The University of Minnesota Morris, reacting to sharply decreasing enrollment, will make it possible for students in any major to graduate in three years, the Star Tribune reports.

The Economic Returns of a Rural Education
Inside Higher Ed | Feb. 23, 2024

La Roche University Selects Next President
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Feb. 22, 2024

Want a Bachelor’s Degree in 3 Years? University of Minnesota, Morris Is Trying to Make It Easier.
Star Tribune (sub. req.)| Feb. 22, 2024

February 22, 2024

USA Today reports that there is now a temporary workaround for students who have not been able to submit the FAFSA due to a parent without a Social Security number, and a permanent solution will be available in March, and according to the Rhode Island Current, most higher education institutions in Rhode Island have pushed back their deadlines for students to submit the FAFSA… Becky Takeda-Tinker and Jenna Tarleton, leaders at Colorado State University Global, write in Times Higher Education about the value that women leaders provide to campuses... A new report finds more than half of four-year college graduates have jobs that do not require a degree one year after they graduate, a result that does not capture the other benefits of a college degree but suggests a need for more skills training opportunities for recent graduates, Inside Higher Ed reported.

Education Department Says FAFSA Fix Is Coming for Social Security Issue
USA Today | Feb. 20, 2024

Rhode Island’s Colleges and Universities Extend FAFSA Deadline for Students
Rhode Island Current | Feb. 21, 2024

OPINION: Women’s Leadership Is Vital in the Evolving Landscape of Higher Education
Times Higher Education (sub. req.) | Feb. 22, 2024

More Than Half of Recent 4-Year College Grads Underemployed
Inside Higher Ed | Feb. 22, 2024

February 21, 2024

​The Supreme Court opted not to hear a challenge to a race-neutral high school admissions policy designed to increase diversity, and a New York Times opinion piece writes in response to this decision that institutions should understand it as giving them latitude to experiment with practices to diversify their student bodies... The Biden administration will forgive student loan debt for 153,000 borrowers enrolled in the SAVE income-driven repayment plan, The Washington Post reports... Colleges and universities received $58 billion in donations in 2023, the second-highest amount for a single year, according to a new survey from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Supreme Court Won’t Hear New Case on Race and School Admissions
The New York Times (sub. req.) | Feb. 20, 2024

OPINION: The Court Gives Schools Room to Run on Diversity, for Now
The New York Times (sub. req.) | Feb. 20, 2024

Biden Administration Cancels $1.2B in Student Loans With New Repayment Plan
The Washington Post (sub. req.) | Feb. 21, 2024

Another Bountiful Year of Big (and Small) Donations
Inside Higher Ed | Feb. 21, 2024

February 20, 2024

Colleges and universities are assisting with projects for rural communities in their states, which could help rebuild trust in higher education, NPR reports... The Boston Globe’s editorial board urges institutions to give students as much flexibility as possible this year while they determine where to attend college... Students and families are putting off decisions about where to enroll while they wait for financial aid packages, writes the Associated Press.

Colleges Counteract a Lack of Public Confidence in Higher Education With Outreach
NPR | Feb. 20, 2024

OPINION: Colleges Should Extend Enrollment Deadlines Due to FAFSA Delays
The Boston Globe (sub. req.) | Feb. 20, 2024

Students and Parents Are Frustrated by Delays in Hearing about Federal Financial Aid for College
The Associated Press | Feb. 19, 2024

February 16, 2024

An increasing number of institutions in the Washington, DC area have extended commitment deadlines for students, according to The Washington Post, which also noted that for a national perspective, an ACE database is tracking decisions by colleges across the country... The Department of Education on Thursday proposed regulations to provide relief to student loan borrowers experiencing financial hardship, USA Today reports... A new report from the American Institutes for Research explores the impact of the Post-9/11 GI Bill on college access and completion for veterans.

Some D.C.-Area Colleges Push Back Deadlines to Commit After FAFSA Delays
The Washington Post (sub. req.) | Feb. 14, 2024

Biden Proposes Student Loan Debt Relief for Borrowers ‘Highly Likely’ to Default
USA Today | Feb. 15, 2024

New Report Provides Deep Analysis of Post-9/11 GI Bill Outcomes
Inside Higher Ed | Feb. 16, 2024

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