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We still don’t know what happens when a large university runs out of money

Wonkhe

There's been a lot of talk about market exit - but, as Jess Lister and Jonathan Simons explain, still no clarity on exactly what safeguards would be in place for the interests of students, the locality, and the nation The post We still don’t know what happens when a large university runs out of money appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Colleges won’t receive FAFSA applicant info until March, Education Department says

Higher Ed Dive

The delay further truncates the timeline for institutions to make financial aid offers, and experts have worried that holdups may harm students.

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First-year student (freshman) migration, 2022

Higher Ed Data Stories

A new approach to freshman migration, which is always a popular post on Higher Ed Data Stories. If you're a regular reader, you can go right to the visualization and start interacting with it. And I can't stress enough: You need to use the controls and click away to get the most from these visualizations. If you're new, this post focuses on one of the most interesting data elements in IPEDS: The geographic origins of first-year (freshman) students over time.

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Another ‘Devastating’ FAFSA Delay

Inside Higher Ed

Another ‘Devastating’ FAFSA Delay Liam Knox Wed, 01/31/2024 - 03:00 AM Colleges will not receive applicants’ federal aid information until March. They may be forced to push back commitment deadlines, and the delay could discourage low-income students from enrolling.

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The U. of Connecticut Could Be the Next Public Flagship to Face Big Cuts

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Sonel Cutler Amid a $70-million deficit, university officials plan to reduce its budget by 15 percent in the next five years. Faculty members fear harm to graduate education, among other worries.

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Dr. Claudine Gay’s Resignation from the Harvard Presidency Possibly Saved Her Life

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The recent announcement of Dr. Claudine Gay’s resignation as president of Harvard University swiftly spread through the news and has been an ongoing conversation, particularly among those within higher education academic communities. Gay had been widely criticized for her responses alongside two other college presidents, also women, at a congressional hearing on antisemitism, after which, she clarified the institution’s stance.

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Jo Phoenix wins tribunal case against the Open University

Wonkhe

A gender-critical academic has won a tribunal case against the OU, finding discrimination, harassment and constructive dismissal. Jim Dickinson explains the judgement The post Jo Phoenix wins tribunal case against the Open University appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Support for UT Austin Teaching Assistants

Academe Blog

BY KARMA R. CHÁVEZ Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Callie Kennedy and Parham Dighighi, former teaching assistants (TAs) in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Western Oregon University Adopts New Grading System

Inside Higher Ed

Western Oregon University Adopts New Grading System jessica.blake@… Thu, 01/25/2024 - 03:00 AM D and F grades will be replaced with “no credit” and will not affect students’ GPAs. University leaders say it will raise retention rates; critics say it may lower academic rigor and lead to grade inflation.

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What Removing Sociology as a Core-Course Option Means for Florida's Students

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Professors worry fewer of them will find their way into the discipline. By Beckie Supiano Joan Wong for the Chronicle, photos from iStock The discipline has been “hijacked by left-wing activists,” according to the state’s education commissioner. Professors say their field has been unfairly targeted.

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Dr. Melvin C. Terrell Educational Foundation Selects Recipients for 2023 Scholarship

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Doctoral candidates Dion T. Harry and Joshua D. Wallace have been chosen to receive the Dr. Melvin C. Terrell (MCT) Educational Foundation’s 2023 MCT Scholarship. The annual scholarship is meant for matriculating students in master’s or doctoral programs in student affairs or higher ed administration-related fields. Dion Harry Harry is a North Carolina State University doctoral candidate studying higher education opportunity, equity, and justice.

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How to help students make better decisions

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Mass expansion and a diversifying student body has led to "student choice overload." Ellie Garraway and Jon Down explain how to help students navigate increasingly complex decisions The post How to help students make better decisions appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Black students who enroll at HBCUs have higher bachelor’s degree attainment, research finds

Higher Ed Dive

But those who initially attended a historically Black college also had higher debt loads than their similarly situated peers, a working paper found.

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The Value of Higher Education in Developed Economies

HEPI

T his HEPI blog was authored by Vivienne Stern, Chief Executive of Universities UK, as an adaption of a speech she gave in response to a lecture by the Hon. Mathias Cormann, Secretary General of the OECD, on the value of higher education in developed countries. Just over a month ago, our Prime Minister, Rt Hon Rishi Sunak, made a statement in his speech to the Conservative party conference.

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The Imperative for Workforce Pell

Inside Higher Ed

The Imperative for Workforce Pell Elizabeth Redden Tue, 01/30/2024 - 03:18 PM Anthony P. Carnevale argues short-term Pell Grants are key to fulfilling the decades-old promise of gainful employment. Byline(s) Anthony P.

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College Presidents Are Quietly Organizing to Support DEI

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Eric Kelderman A group of nearly 150 campus leaders, mostly at community colleges, aims to counteract negative stereotypes about diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

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Ring The Alarm: A Call to Action for Black Women to Address Wellness in the Academy

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dear Black women in higher education, 2023 should have been a wake-up call to our community, yet the red flags persist. The untimely deaths of two Black women presidents, JoAnne A. Epps of Temple University and Dr. Orinthia T. Montague of Volunteer State Community College, was a signal to all other Black women in higher education. Now, the death of Dr.

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Student part-time work is on the rise. Here’s what universities can do next

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As student maintenance support and high inflation puts pressure on home and international students alike, Adrian Wright and colleagues call on universities to help students find benefits in part-time work The post Student part-time work is on the rise. Here’s what universities can do next appeared first on Wonkhe.

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30% of hiring managers say they steer clear of Gen Z

Higher Ed Dive

Many Gen Z members spent college predominantly in remote or hybrid settings, impacting their ability to hone crucial workplace skills, one expert said.

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At Amber: The financial position of UK universities

HEPI

HEPI Director Nick Hillman takes a look at PwC’s new assessment of the financial health of the UK’s higher education institutions. On Christmas Day, my family gave me a lovely new fountain pen (made out of plectrums by this master craftsman since you ask). There was one other thing at the top of my Christmas wish list too, although – unlike the pen – it has only just arrived.

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DEI Spending Banned, Sociology Scrapped in Florida

Inside Higher Ed

DEI Spending Banned, Sociology Scrapped in Florida Josh Moody Thu, 01/18/2024 - 03:00 AM Florida’s State Board of Education imposed new prohibitions on DEI spending at state colleges, following a similar decision for state universities.

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America’s Largest University System Is Headed for a Faculty Strike. Here’s a Primer.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Forest Hunt Will Lester, MediaNews Group, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Getty Images Cal Poly Pomona faculty rally on campus during a one-day strike on December 4, 2023. The faculty union for the California State University system wants a 12-percent salary bump. Cal State officials say they can’t afford it.

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Report: Biden SAVE Plan May Increase Likelihood of Homeownership for Borrowers

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Under the Biden-Harris administration’s student loan SAVE repayment plan, low- to moderate-income borrowers may be able to not only save more money, but also have an easier time owning homes for themselves, according to a joint report from the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) and the California Policy Lab (CPL). Christelle Bamona Center for Responsible Lending The Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) plan is an income-driven repayment (IDR) plan meant to reduce the monthly payments that bor

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Maybe higher education is just as unfair as it seems

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As allegations of unfairness in university admissions stack up, Jim Dickinson argues that empathy and understanding should replace defensiveness when the mud is slung The post Maybe higher education is just as unfair as it seems appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Penn State plans nearly $100 million in cuts for FY26 budget

Higher Ed Dive

Officials said the plan is meant to right the university’s finances as it grapples with enrollment declines and long-term budgetary challenges.

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It’s time for maintenance support to catch up with inflation

HEPI

This blog was kindly authored for HEPI by Tom Allingham , Communications Director at Save the Student. Inflation has affected all corners of society to some degree. But few groups have been hit quite as hard as students – a demographic that, for the second year in a row , has seen its living costs rise at well above the national average rate of inflation.

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4 More Colleges Face Civil Rights Investigations

Inside Higher Ed

4 More Colleges Face Civil Rights Investigations Katherine Knott Thu, 01/18/2024 - 03:00 AM The Education Department has now opened dozens of investigations into antisemitic and other bias-related incidents on college campuses since Oct. 7. But resolutions that could lead to changes are expected to take a while.

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The Best Scholarly Books of 2023

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Martha Nussbaum, Mark Greif, Michèle Lamont, Jan-Werner Müller, and others on what they read and loved last year. Illustration by The Chronicle Martha Nussbaum, Mark Greif, Michèle Lamont, Jan-Werner Müller, and others on what they read and loved last year.

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HBCUs: Catalysts for Economic Empowerment and Community Growth

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

For over 150 years, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have not only been sites of academic excellence but also powerful economic engines in their local and regional communities, leaving a lasting mark on the nation's landscape. Beyond classrooms and campuses, the impact of HBCUs resonates in various economic and community development initiatives that transcend traditional education boundaries, fostering job growth, workforce development, and training opportunities.

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Social science must be at the heart of research policy

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Government attention to research and innovation is increasingly focused on STEM. But for Rita Gardner, social sciences are what make the whole ecosystem work for society The post Social science must be at the heart of research policy appeared first on Wonkhe.

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7 higher education trends to watch in 2024

Higher Ed Dive

Colleges will likely grapple with continued consolidation, the rise of artificial intelligence and more attacks on diversity, equity and inclusion.

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80% of UK providers face deficit risk if international numbers drop

The PIE News

Fees from international students are forecast to become up to 66% of all course fee income for 70 higher education institutions across England & Northern Ireland by 2026/27, new research shows. The Financial Sustainability of the UK Higher Education sector report , published by PwC and commissioned by UUK, found that “significant financial challenges” could impact quality provision and student outcomes.

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Should Departments Make Political Statements?

Inside Higher Ed

Should Departments Make Political Statements? Sara Weissman Fri, 01/26/2024 - 03:00 AM The University of California is considering a policy to limit “personal or collective opinions” on department websites. Some say it violates academic freedom.

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The Disposable, Indispensable Faculty Member

The Chronicle of Higher Education

If teaching is so easy, why do so many tenured professors take such great pains to avoid it? By Rebecca Schuman If teaching is so easy, why do so many tenured professors take such great pains to avoid it?

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Higher Ed Voices Outrage After Harvard President Resigns

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

In the wake of Dr. Claudine Gay's resignation as president of Harvard earlier this week, higher education scholars have forcefully responded to her forced ouster, arguing that she was clearly targeted as the first Black woman to lead the nation's oldest university. Across social media and on cable talk shows, many seem to view Gay’s persecution and resignation as emblematic of the targeting of higher ed and minority presidents by some conservatives.

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Pre-arrival surveys make it possible to meet students where they are

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When taking students on a learning journey it helps to know where they are coming from. Sunday Blake investigates the phenomenon of the pre-arrival questionnaire The post Pre-arrival surveys make it possible to meet students where they are appeared first on Wonkhe.

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3 takeaways from final fall 2023 enrollment counts

Higher Ed Dive

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center offered insights into shifting enrollment trends at community colleges and HBCUs.