In today’s headlines, Washington state became the only state in the country to lower tuition for public universities and colleges next year, with the Washington Legislature cutting four-year college tuition costs by 15 to 20 percent by 2016 in its 2015-17 budget. And The Chronicle of Higher Education looks at how President Obama’s overtime proposal could affect colleges financially. These stories and more below:
‘Historic’ Tuition Cut Sets State Apart From Rest of U.S.
The Seattle Times (sub. req.) (June 30, 2015)
Obama’s Overtime Proposal Could Be Costly for Colleges
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) (July 1, 2015)
Colleges Brace for Supreme Court Review of Race-Based Admissions
The New York Times (sub. req.) (June 30, 2015)
The Power of Names
Inside Higher Ed (July 1, 2015)
Colleges, Tech Firms Joining Forces to Try to Make Campus Life Safer
Los Angeles Times (sub. req.) (July 1, 2015)
Headlines from the Past Week
Tuesday, June 30
The Chronicle of Higher Education takes a closer look at what to expect when the Supreme Court rehears the race-conscious admissions case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The Wall Street Journal looks at the latest report from the Council of Graduate Schools on international graduate school applications, and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education reports on two new studies that show efforts to close gender and race gaps in the STEM fields are not working.
Monday, June 29
The U.S. Supreme Court has again agreed to hear a legal
challenge to the race-conscious admissions policy at the University of
Texas at Austin, first decided by the court in 2013. The Chronicle of Higher Education looks at what last week’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage might mean for higher education, while Inside Higher Ed reports on the recent education spending bills passed by the House and Senate appropriations committees.
Friday, June 26
The Chronicle of Higher Education looks at lessons learned from the Department of Education's change in direction on its ratings plan. In other news, Inside Higher Ed explores proposed changes to accreditation standards for general education standards for engineering students.
Thursday, June 25
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that
instead of developing a system to rate colleges, Department of
Education officials say they will focus instead on a consumer-oriented
website. Inside Higher Ed looks at the impact on students at
Florida’s two-year colleges in the wake of a new state law that allows
them to skip remediation. In other news, University of Michigan
President Mark S. Schlissel writes in The Washington Post that it is time to talk openly about sexual misconduct on campuses.
Wednesday, June 24
Inside Higher Ed looks at an education
spending bill approved by a Senate subcommittee that increases funding
for biomedical research, raises the maximum Pell Grant while diverting
some surplus Pell funds and blocks Obama administration higher education
regulations. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports the
gainful employment regulation is one step closer to taking effect July 1
after a federal judge rejected a legal challenge by for-profit