HEADLINES: Top Higher Education News for the Week

June 15

The Supreme Court has asked the Justice Department to weigh in on the Harvard diversity in admissions case, putting off for now whether it will hear the case…Updated student loan data from the Education Department shows the federal student aid portfolio has increased by $49 billion since this time last year.

Justices Defer Harvard Case on Race in College Admissions (Associated Press)
The Seattle Times | June 13, 2021

Department of Education Releases Updated Student Aid Data
Inside Higher Ed | June 15, 2021

June 14

The Education Department is delaying changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid… An Institute of International Education survey finds colleges and universities are offering more flexibility and support for international students during the pandemic… The Seattle Times looks at how a year of intense, and sometimes polarizing, events, has affected young people and why they may be more likely to pursue higher education.

Education Dept. Delays Simplification of the FAFSA
The Washington Post (sub. req.) | June 11, 2021

Colleges Hope to Bring More International Students to Campus This Fall
Higher Ed Dive | June 11, 2021

Between a Pandemic and Black Lives Matter Protests, 2020 Changed the Life Trajectories of Many College Students
The Seattle Times (sub. req.) | June 12, 2021

June 11

After steep declines in international-student numbers during the Covid-19 pandemic, a new snapshot survey from the Institute of International Education paints a more optimistic international-enrollment picture for the coming fall, writes The Chronicle of Higher Education . . . Texas Woman’s University has now become a university system and plans to hire two additional presidents to lead the soon-to-be-independent institutions in Dallas and Houston.

After Deep Drops, International Applications Rebound, Survey Finds
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) | June 10, 2021

Texas Gets 7th Public University System
Inside Higher Ed | June 11, 2021

June 10

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that student enrollment fell by 600,000 students this spring, while the Los Angeles Times writes that California saw the biggest drop of any state . . . A video by The Associated Press covers testimony before Congress from the NCAA and other officials about establishing rules around payment for college athletes . . . Although legislation to raise the minimum wage nationally to $15 did not pass Congress, some universities are raising wages for their lowest-paid employees anyway, writes Inside Higher Ed.

Spring Enrollment’s Final Count Is In. Colleges Lost 600,000 Students.
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) | June 10, 2021

California Has the Largest Drop in Spring College Enrollment Numbers in the Nation
Los Angeles Times (sub. req.) | June 10, 2021

Coaches and N.C.A.A. Officials Testify to Congress
The New York Times (sub. req.) | June 9, 2021

Raising the Floor
Inside Higher Ed | June 10, 2021

June 9

The Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation on Tuesday that would pour nearly a quarter-trillion dollars over the next five years into scientific research and development to bolster competitiveness against China . . . The University of Utah’s decision-making process for its new telecommuting rules can serve as a guide for other colleges making similar transitions, writes The Chronicle of Higher Education . . . A recent survey of chief online officers found that the majority believe online undergraduate enrollment will increase and that online learning is a greater priority for their schools than before the pandemic . . . Inside Higher Ed examines the issue of states legislating against teaching critical race theory and their impact on colleges and universities . . . Temple University has tapped Jason Wingard, with previous leadership appointments at two Ivy League universities and Stanford, as its next president.

Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Bill to Bolster Competitiveness With China
The New York Times (sub. req.) | June 8, 2021

Inside One University’s Hybrid-Work Decision
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) | June 8, 2021

Online Learning Will Be a Bigger Priority Post-Pandemic, College Officials Say
Higher Ed Dive | June 8, 2021

Legislating Against Critical Race Theory
Inside Higher Ed | June 9, 2021

Temple Hires Chestnut Hill Resident and Former Ivy League School Dean as Its Next President
The Philadelphia Inquirer (sub. req.) | June 8, 2021

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