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HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

May 26, 2016



In this morning’s headlines, an op-ed in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Belle Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and Mark Elgart, president and CEO of AdvancED, says that the Education Department’s recent proposals on accreditation would shift the process from evidence-based institutional oversight to more of a data-collection service. In other news, officials in 11 states sue the Obama administration over its transgender bathroom policy, and Ellen Junn is named president of Stanislaus State, the fifth woman in a row picked to lead a Cal State campus. These stories and more below:

OPINION: Let Accreditors Do What Does the Most Good for Students
The Chronicle of Higher Education (May 25, 2016)

States Sue Obama Administration Over Transgender Bathroom Policy
The New York Times (sub. req.) (May 26, 2016)

Ellen Junn Named President of Stanislaus State, Fifth Woman in a Row Picked to Lead a Cal State Campus
Los Angeles Times (May 25, 2016)

About 1.2 Million College Students Drink Alcohol on an Average Day
USA Today (May 26, 2016)

Billions at Stake in University Patent Fights
Bloomberg (May 24, 2016)


Headli​nes From the Past Week 

Wednesday, May 25

Inside Higher Ed looks at how SUNY-Buffalo has made big gains on graduation rates, and The Chronicle of Higher Education asks whether campus activists can sustain the momentum built during last year’s protests.

Tuesday, May 24

Inside Higher Ed reports that colleges around the country are adding facilities and adopting policies designed to help transgender students. The Associated Press looks at U.S. colleges that are opening their doors to Syrian refugees, and The Chronicle of Higher Education considers what Donald Trump’s higher education platform might be.

Monday, May 23

The discussion continues about the potential impact of the new federal overtime rule on campuses. An op-ed by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) in the Knoxville News Sentinel says the rule will increase tuition, while Inside Higher Ed looks at how it will effect community colleges. Veterans groups are asking the federal government to crack down on predatory for-profit colleges, and Maricopa Community Colleges appoints the first female and first Latina chancellor in Arizona.

Friday, May 20

Stateline looks at what happens when students are forewarned about borrowing too much money for college. Diverse: Issues In Higher Education examines the traction community colleges are making in providing four-year degrees in STEM fields.

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