HEADLINES: Top Higher Education News for the Week

October 22

For the first time in the state’s history, all the heads of California’s public education systems are Black or Latino, reports EdSource…The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill is deploying artificially intelligent kiosks at entrances to its stadium that will detect if fans are wearing a mask and following social distancing guidelines… Goldie Blumenstyk of The Chronicle of Higher Education explores how the pandemic is changing teaching, how it’s altering the landscape for online learning, and how colleges can most effectively adapt to employers’ evolving expectations.

For First Time, Heads of all California’s Public Education Systems are Black or Latino
Ed Source | Oct. 21, 2020

How UNC is Using AI to Encourage People to Follow COVID-19 Policies at Football Games
The News & Observer (sub. req.) | Oct. 22, 2020

The Edge: Will 2020 Be a 'Lost Year' for Students?
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) | Oct. 21, 2020

October 21

The Department of Education issued a report accusing colleges of "pervasive noncompliance" with federal law requiring reporting of foreign-sourced gifts and contracts, but ACE’s Terry Hartle noted that the department has repeatedly refused to meet with institutions to discuss ways to help schools comply with the law…A federal judge denied a proposed court settlement between the Trump administration and defrauded borrowers after the administration revealed its widespread denials of requests for student debt cancellation, according to The Washington Post... ACE and other higher ed associations sent a letter to top congressional leaders calling for billions of dollars in supplemental aid for colleges to help them survive the current “existential crisis.”

Colleges Under Fire for Foreign Gift Reporting
Inside Higher Ed | Oct. 21, 2020

Judge Rejects Settlement Over Stalled Student Debt Relief Claims, Blames DeVos for Harming Borrowers
The Washington Post (sub. req.) | Oct. 20, 2020

Colleges’ Urgent Appeal to Congress: Provide $120 Billion or Expect Catastrophe
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) | Oct. 20, 2020

October 20

More than half of college enrollment officers said in a recent survey by the National Association for College Admission Counseling they expect the pandemic to significantly affect how they build their applicant pools going forward…Inside Higher Ed writes about how the City University of New York Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez has assembled a majority-minority cabinet and appointed more people of color to campus president positions…NPR reports on how universities are reconsidering building names in the wake of racial injustice protests.

Pandemic has Shaken Colleges' Future Enrollment Prospects: Survey
Education Dive | Oct. 19, 2020

Diversity in the Senior Administrative Ranks
Inside Higher Ed | Oct. 20, 2020

Universities Rethink Building Names In The Wake Of Racial Justice Protests
NPR | Oct. 20, 2020

October 19

The U.S. Department of Education rescinded long-standing guidance for how colleges should record and report certain campus crimes to the federal government….The Seattle Times looked at how the pandemic is affecting enrollment at Washington state colleges, particularly the drop in enrollment by low-income students…OPINION: How voters perceive the political orientation of colleges is important in a time when facts and analysis are devalued or simply ignored, write ACE’s Terry Hartle and Phil Muehlenbeck in Inside Higher Ed…Todd Simmons, associate vice chancellor at North Carolina A&T State University, discusses the higher enrollment rates and comparatively smaller number of COVID-19 cases at HBCUs in comparison with other institutions with NPR's Scott Simons.

Ed Dept Rescinds Clery Act Guidelines
Education Dive | Oct. 13, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Cuts Enrollment at Some Washington State Colleges, Forces Others to Reimagine Higher Ed
The Seattle Times (sub. req.) | Oct. 18, 2020

Liberal, Conservative or Somewhere in the Middle?
Inside Higher Ed | Oct. 19, 2020

Some HBCUs See Lower COVID-19 Rates, Higher Enrollment Than Other Universities
NPR | Oct. 17, 2020

October 16

The New York Times and Inside Higher Ed take closer looks at this week’s survey showing a further drop in fall enrollment, particularly at community colleges and among Pell recipients at private institutions...Education Dive reports on how financial aid officials are advising college students during the pandemic…Axios explores how colleges have learned to combat the coronavirus and The Wall Street Journal looks at the Broad Institute’s COVID testing lab is helping keep Northeast colleges open.

Freshman Enrollment Drops Significantly at US Universities and Community Colleges.
The New York Times (sub. req.) | Oct. 15, 2020

Pell Recipient Enrollment Down at Privates, Survey Says
Inside Higher Ed | Oct. 16, 2020

Financial Aid Officials Share how They're Advising College Students now
Education Dive | Oct. 15, 2020

How Colleges Have Learned to Combat the Coronavirus
Axios | October 16, 2020

How a Pioneering Covid Testing Lab Helped Keep Northeast Colleges Open
The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) | Oct. 16, 2020

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