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HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

September 02, 2015



In today’s headlines, an op-ed in The Hill urges Congress to renew the Federal Perkins Loan Program, or risk leaving thousands of future students with gaps in their student aid packages. And after a year of negotiations at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York State’s attorney general is expected to announce today that his office has crafted a settlement that would end litigation and create an independent monitor of the college’s management and finances. See these stories and more below:

OPINION: Calls for ‘Skin in the Game’ in Higher Education Ignore an Existing, Effective Program
The Hill (August 31, 2015)

New York Attorney General Crafts Deal to End Litigation at Cooper Union
The New York Times (sub. req.) (September 1, 2015)

How One State Reduced In-State Tuition for Undergrads
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) (September 2, 2015)

Shift in Focus
Inside Higher Ed (September 2, 2015)

MSU Engineering Program Tops 1,000 Female Students
The Associated Press (Detroit Free Press) (September 2, 2015)



Headlines from the Past Week 

Tuesday, September 1

The Chronicle of Higher Education continues its spotlight on mental health, highlighting the need for more training to be offered to professors on how to handle students in crisis. Inside Higher Ed writes that despite its critics, lawmakers are unlikely to try to replace the current accreditation system.

Monday, August 31

The University of Texas at Austin removed a statue of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy during the Civil War. The Chronicle of Higher Education examines the pressures colleges and universities are facing to provide mental health services to student bodies with increasing rates of anxiety and depression.

Friday, August 28

The Chronicle of Higher Education looks at Southern University at New Orleans, a public, historically black university that has struggled more than any other college in the city in the decade since Katrina. Inside Higher Ed reports that more colleges and universities than in the past are considering using psychological assessments or personality tests as they search for the next leader of their institution.

Thursday, August 27

Inside Higher Ed reports on a new analysis by the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities showing that four-year public colleges and universities have increased their education-related spending even as overall funding has declined. “Cougar Nation” remembers the late Washington State University President Elson Floyd during a memorial service.

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