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Up Front: Fall 2016



Raising Pell

The U.S. Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations subcommittee recently approved a new bill that will expand Pell Grant eligibility to year-round access, and will also raise funding for the National Institutes of Health. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) said, “While we grapple with college affordability, the yearlong Pell Grant will go a long way to helping many of our students get through school faster.” Inside Higher Ed explores how funding was redistributed to make year-round Pell Grant eligibility possible:


Drama over Language

The State University of New York at Stony Brook received $1 million from the National Science Foundation to study communication between American undergraduate students and international graduate teaching assistants, a response to the growing number of teaching assistants whose first language is not English. Nearly 30 percent of doctoral recipients in the Unites States are international students, a number that has been on the rise and that creates the opportunity for issues in the classroom. The Chronicle of Higher Education suggests ways to ease the language barrier, such as theater workshops with a college or university’s drama department:


Staying on Track

The Chronicle of Higher Education released a Title IX tracker, containing information about sexual assault investigations. With the recent crackdown, often new cases are reported but the resolution is not as quick or clear to the public. Via the tracker, users can stay up-to-date on the cases under review by searching the database or subscribing to email updates. The Chronicle outlines ways to use the tracker:


Farm-to-Student Dining

The Field and Fork Pantry was instituted a year ago at the University of Florida; since it opened, 3,357 students have been satiated by the 31,592 pounds of fresh fruit, vegetables, and nonperishable items that have been made available from an on-campus farm. The University of Florida is among several public institutions, such as the University of Georgia and Louisiana State University, that have opened food pantries to serve the needs of their students. The Washington Post explores how colleges and universities are helping to create sustainable environments and provide food for low-income students in need:

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