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  • Live Updates: Latest News on Coronavirus and Higher Education July 20, 2021
    Image: Wofford Says Percentage of Students Getting Vaccines Is Low July 20, 6:20 a.m. Wofford College, in South Carolina, says too few students are getting vaccinated against COVID-19, WYFF News reported. An email to students said, "As of today, about 35 percent of students and 78 percent of faculty and staff have uploaded their COVID-19 proof of vaccination. […]
  • What college students think about higher education policy July 20, 2021
    Standout Stat: 60% of students strongly support free four-year college policyImage: Politicians often purport to represent the interests of students when they propose education policies. So do college leaders and associations when they take stands in response. But do they truly know what students want and need? Perhaps not. Pervasive paternalism exists at many colleges and […]
  • Post-9/11 GI Bill leads to lower earnings, paper shows July 20, 2021
    Image: The landmark Post-9/11 GI Bill contained a massive expansion of benefits for student veterans, increasing the maximum financial aid benefit from $1,321 per month to $60,000 per semester for some veterans. But the generous subsidies do not pay off for student veterans who likely wouldn’t have attended college without the financial incentives, according to a new […]
  • California Community Colleges chancellor will advise Biden administration July 20, 2021
    Image: California Community Colleges chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley will take a temporary position as a special adviser to U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, according to an announcement from system leaders Monday. Oakley will begin his role at the Biden administration on July 26 and will return as chancellor in late fall. Deputy Chancellor Daisy Gonzales will […]
  • Federal judge upholds Indiana University's COVID-19 vaccine requirement July 20, 2021
    Image: A federal judge sided with Indiana University in a lawsuit filed by eight students who challenged the university’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate and related face-masking and testing requirements. The ruling is the first evaluating the constitutionality of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate. In denying the students’ motion for a preliminary injunction, U.S. District Court Judge Damon R. […]
  • University of California investment office releases new diversity report July 19, 2021
    Image: The University of California system has made progress in diversifying its investment office and partners, according to a diversity, equity and inclusion report released last week. The second annual report is the most detailed look at the gender, racial and ethnic makeup of a college or university investment team to date, said Robert Raben, founder […]
  • Federal judge rules DACA is illegal July 19, 2021
    Image: President Biden says the Department of Justice will appeal a federal judge’s ruling against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides protection against deportation to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants known as Dreamers who were brought to the U.S. without documentation as children. The judge ruled the program, which also provides […]
  • AAUP report documents threats to the faculty July 19, 2021
    Image: The American Association of University Professors sees "an existential threat to shared governance and academic freedom" resulting from the economic and other hardships facing most faculty members, according to a new report. The report builds on a report the AAUP issued in April on faculty salaries for the year (which fell, when adjusted for inflation, […]
  • Institutions to consider Title IX protections for LGBTQ+ students in light of OCR notice July 16, 2021
    Image: The Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education made a clarification last month that many were anticipating -- LGBTQ+ students are protected by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, meaning students cannot be discriminated against based on their sexual orientation or gender identity at institutions receiving federal funds. While the notice of […]
  • All eyes on vaccination rates at colleges mandating COVID shots July 16, 2021
    Image: Stockton University in New Jersey is one of hundreds of colleges requiring students get vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus this fall. Students have until Aug. 1 to provide the university with proof of vaccination status or to request an exemption on medical or religious grounds. There’s an incentive for Stockton students to submit their […]