The Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin dominates this morning’s higher education news, with The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Associated Press just two of the media outlets covering the ruling. The Chronicle also looks at a second Supreme Court ruling yesterday that impacts higher education—the 4-4 decision to uphold a lower court’s ruling to halt President Obama’s immigration plans. These stories and more below:
Race-Conscious Admissions Policies Just Got Easier to Defend
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) (June 23, 2016)
Ruling Signals 'Yellow Light' on College Affirmative Action
The Associated Press (ABC News) (June 23, 2016)
Supreme Court Deals Blow to Obama’s Immigration Plan — and to Hopes of ‘Dreamers’
The Chronicle of Higher Education (June 24, 2016)
Regulators Vote to Shut Down Nation's Largest For-Profit Accrediting Agency
U.S. News & World Report (June 23, 2016)
Brexit Vote Stuns British Academe
Inside Higher Ed (June 24, 2016)
At Vassar, a Focus on Diversity and Affordability in Higher Education
The New York Times (June 22, 2016)
12,000 Inmates to Receive Pell Grants To Take College Classes
The Washington Post (June 24, 2016)
OPINION: Louisiana's State Universities Will Soon Be Public in Name Only
The Times-Picayune (LA) (June 23, 2016)
Headlines From the Past Week
Thursday, June 23
The U.S. Supreme Court has voted 4-3 to uphold the University of Texas at Austin's diversity in admissions policy. Three top higher education leaders talk to The New York Times about how their institutions are grappling with diminishing resources in the face of declines in state funding, and The Associated Press looks at today’s vote by the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity on whether to revoke federal recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.
Wednesday, June 22
As the Supreme Court prepares to rule in the Fisher case, The Washington Post this morning looks at the impact of Harvard University’s policy on race and admissions. Inside Higher Ed looks at how tomorrow’s vote in the UK on whether to leave the European Union might impact higher education, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports on University of Missouri Interim President Michael Middleton's appearance yesterday at the National Press Club.
Tuesday, June 21
Inside Higher Ed reports that the Department of Education is set to release data reports designed to help measure the performance of accrediting agencies, with metrics such as the graduation rates, debt, earnings and student loan repayment rates. The Washington Post looks at the confusing range of data on graduation rates released by the Education Department, and Oregon Tech is offering free tuition to survivors of last fall’s shooting at Umpqua Community College.
Monday, June 20
Inside Higher Ed gives an overview of recent changes at the University of Louisville, where Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has disbanded the university’s current 20-member Board of Trustees. St. John’s College will institute a collegewide president for its two campuses, and Tennessee prepares for the state’s new campus carry law.