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HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

April 18, 2019



The Washington Post​ reports that the Naval Academy and other service academies are beginning to enforce new restrictions on transgender students following a Trump administration order that has drawn criticism from civil rights advocates, while CBS News​ writes that a freshman enrolled at the University of Texas says he lost his ROTC scholarship because he is transgender . . . At an Inside Higher Ed ​event, advocates talk about the future of general education . . . The Chronicle of Higher Education​ looks at what the University of Virginia has done to make its campus more welcoming and accessible . . . New York state will grant free state tuition and room and board​ to the families of New York military members killed or disabled while on duty.

Naval Academy to Enforce Transgender Restrictions for Entering Students in 2020​
The Washington Post (sub. req.) (April 17, 2019)

University of Texas Freshman Says He Lost His ROTC Scholarship Because of Trump's Transgender Military Ban​
CBS News (April 17, 2019)

The Future of Gen Ed​
Inside Higher Ed (April 18, 2019)

A University Makes Its Historic Campus More Welcoming to Everyone​
The Chronicle of Higher Education (April 17, 2019)

Cuomo: NY to Waive Tuition for Fallen Service Members' Kids
The Associated Press (The New York Times) (April 17, 2019)

Headlines From the Past Week

Wednesday, April 17

The Department of Education has issued recommendations ​for colleges to improve the transparency of financial aid offered to students . . . The Chronicle of Higher Education​ looks at whether a proposal for Massachusetts to regulate private colleges that might close is a good idea . . .Inside Higher Ed ​reports that bachelor’s students at Holy Cross University can enroll simultaneously in a data science master's program at Notre Dame, and explores whether such collaborations are integral to the future of traditional colleges.

Tuesday, April 16

Increasing concerns from national security agencies, the White House, and members of Congress have sparked new questions about international students and scholars who may seek to exploit the open U.S. academic environment, Inside Higher Ed reports . . . Although there is a trend of closures at small colleges in New England, Nichols College in Massachusetts remains optimistic in their fight to overcome economic and enrollment challenges, writes The Hechinger Report  . . . In a new development in the college admission scandal, some students received letters​​ notifying them that they could be targets of a criminal probe.

Monday, April 15

Morehouse College, an all-male, historically black school in Atlanta, said it would open its enrollment to transgender men, writes The New York Times​ . . . The American Association of Community Colleges is helping its member institutions focus on building more apprenticeship programs and becoming experts for work-force development in their communities . . . The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges on Sunday named Henry Stoever, chief marketing officer at the National Association of Corporate Directors, as its new president and CEO.

Friday, April 12

Community college and university presidents are sharply divided over whether two-year institutions should offer bachelor's degrees, a new Inside Higher Ed ​survey finds . . . Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill​ Thursday that would cut the wait time for debt relief under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program . . . As demand for mental health services grows, new campus initiatives ​are helping serve a broader range of student needs . . . Leaders from the Ivy League and other competitive institutions reflect on how well elite colleges and universities contribute to the public good . . . Georgetown students vote to create a reparations fund for the descendants of slaves.

Thursday, April 11

The Atlantic writes that the college admissions process currently dominating headlines obscures the experience of the vast majority of American undergraduates . . . Inside Higher Ed reports that the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point has abandoned plans to cut a range of liberal arts programs . . . The Wall Street Journal looks at the Department of Education's decision not to enforce Obama-era regulations that the courts have upheld . . . In Arkansas, the state senate has approved legislation to let DACA students access in-state tuition rates . . . Pennsylvania is facing​ an impending 15 percent drop in future college-going rates. 

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