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HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

October 19, 2018



Southern New Hampshire acquired LRNG—a Chicago-based nonprofit that helps young people find job opportunities—and plans to launch physical community-based learning spaces where students aged 14 to 24 can study toward free or low-cost credentials . . . The Chronicle of Higher Education takes a look at the first few days of the Harvard trial . . . The University of Pittsburgh will pilot a “pay-it-forward” financial aid program that offers to help students pay down their student debt and asks them in return to contribute to a fund that will finance the same debt-relief scholarships for future students in the program . . . President of Wayne County Community College District’s Eastern Campus Mawine G. Diggs is Liberia’s newly appointed director general of the National Commission on Higher Education . . . The Dallas Morning News reports the graduation rate for Texas Hispanic students has climbed steadily even as their enrollment has more than doubled.

Next for SNHU: Game-Based Learning and Digital Badges for Middle Schoolers
Inside Higher Ed (Oct. 19, 2018)

At Harvard Trial, a Dissection of Student Applications and Some Testy Exchanges
The Chronicle of Higher Education (Oct. 18, 2018)

Pay-It-Forward Debt Relief
Inside Higher Ed (Oct. 19, 2018)

Going Home: Detroit Campus President Gets Top Ed Post in Liberia
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (Oct. 17, 2018)

Texas Latinas Are Outpacing White Men in Earning Degrees but Huge Gaps Remain in College​​
The Dallas Morning News (Oct. 18, 2018)


Headlines From the Past Week

Thursday, Oct. 18

The Trump administration says it intends to propose a new rule in fall 2019 establishing a maximum period of authorized stay for international students and other holders of certain nonimmigrant visas . . . The U.S. Department of Justice says it will ask the Supreme Court to intervene if an appellate court has not ruled by Oct. 31 on whether the Trump administration can end protections for "Dreamers" who entered the country illegally as children . . . The Los Angeles Times writes that California State University graduation rates hit record highs this year as campuses poured money into new faculty and expanded academic support and financial aid . . . An opinion piece in Bloomberg argues that the rising cost of healthcare is shrinking state funding for higher education . . . Miami Herald​ profiles three Cuban-born, Miami-raised students who began at MIT this fall.

Wednesday, Oct. 17

New annual data from the College Board show that college tuition and fees have moderated since the recession, with public college prices dropping slightly this year . . . A long-delayed federal rule intended to protect student loan borrowers who were defrauded by their schools went into effect on Tuesday, after a judge rejected a challenge from an industry group whose members include for-profit colleges and the Education Department declined to contest the judge’s decision​ . . . The Hechinger Report writes that as more Latinos go to college, schools are applying to be federally recognized as Hispanic-Serving Institutions . . . The Chronicle of Higher Education investigates an uptick in popularity for women’s colleges . . . A greater percentage of U.S. high-school graduates who took the ACT college-entrance exam aren’t ready for college-level coursework, reports The Wall Street Journal​.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

The Wall Street Journal covers day one of the Harvard admissions trial, while an opinion piece in The New York Times by an Asian-American alumnus of Harvard argues that taking into consideration the race of applicants from underrepresented groups is not the same as discriminating against everyone else . . . An op-ed in The Hechinger Report looks at ways that campuses can increase the number of teachers who look like their students . . . MIT announced Monday it would spend $1 billion on a new college to study artificial intelligence . . . Some community colleges have found innovative partnerships​ with their public housing authorities may help combat student homelessness.

Monday, Oct. 15 

On the first day of the Harvard race-based admissions trial, The Boston Globe looks at what’s happening on campus, while The Atlantic examines how Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell’s ruling in the 1978 case Regents v. Bakke buoyed affirmative action and transformed how colleges think about race and equality in admissions . . . The Associated Press reports on the varying approaches campuses have taken to respond to sexual misconduct complaints . . . The Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Board writes that Pennsylvania is undermining its own future by defunding higher education . . . University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt marked the public university’s 225th anniversary with an apology​ for its role in slavery.

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