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HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

March 30, 2015



In today’s headlines, The New York Times reports that the Rhodes Scholarships grant program is expanding to include Chinese students, and The Chronicle of Higher Education explores how Sweet Briar’s board decided to close the college. In other news, Inside Higher Ed takes a look at the push to allow concealed weapons on campuses. See these and more stories below.

Rhodes Scholarships Expanding to Include Chinese Students
The New York Times (March 30, 2015)

How Sweet Briar's Board Decided to Close the College
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) (March 28, 2015)

Momentum for Campus Carry
Inside Higher Ed (March 30, 2015)

Spelman College Makes Campbell Unanimous Choice as President
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (March 29, 2015)

Timothy Law Snyder Chosen to Lead Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles Times (sub. req.) (March 29, 2015)

UT Presidential Finalist Gregory Fenves Praised on Campus, But Some Regents Are Skeptical
The Dallas Morning News (March 27, 2015)

Colleges Getting Out of Health Insurance Business
The Associated Press (ABC News) (March 28, 2015)

A.C.E. Names New Class of Fellows
Inside Higher Ed (March 30, 2015)


Headlines from the Past Week 

Friday, March 27

The Chronicle of Higher Education looks at a GAO report asking the Education Department (ED) to look into why so many students who have received federal Teach Grants have had their grants changed to loans. Inside Higher Ed reports on the results of an audit looking at how ED is enforcing regulations designed to crack down on colleges' use of incentive compensation, and The Boston Globe looks at competency-based education.

Thursday, March 26

Inside Higher Ed looks at the Department of Education’s tracking of risky colleges. The New York Times reports that support for embattled University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones continues to grow, with thousands protesting plans to oust him. And University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross has pledged to resign if he fails to reduce proposed state budget cuts and is unable to protect tenure, shared governance and academic freedom for UW campuses.​

Wednesday, March 25
The Chronicle of Higher Education looks at the pros and cons of state efforts to collect information on what graduates earn. Inside Higher Ed reports on a new student privacy bill set to be introduced in the House that excludes higher education, while Cornell Provost Laurie H. Glimcher talks to The Washington Post about how private donors are filling the gaps left by sharp cuts to federal funding for medical research. 
Tuesday, March 24

Inside Higher Ed looks at the higher education policy papers released yesterday by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TIN) as a prelude to Higher Education Act reauthorization, which he has said he wants to complete by the end of 2015. Police announced yesterday they found no evidence of alleged sexual assault at a U-Va. fraternity, while Bloo​mberg reports that the political arm for fraternities and sororities is lobbying Congress to make it harder for colleges to investigate rape allegations.​

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