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Wesleyan and U of Minnesota drop legacy admissions

From Inside Higher Ed: “Wesleyan University will no longer consider applicants’ ties to alumni in admissions decisions, the institution announced last week. Wesleyan president Michael… Read More

‘Affirmative action for the rich’

From Inside Higher Ed: “Yesterday the Education Department opened a federal civil rights investigation into Harvard University’s policy of preferential admissions treatment for the children… Read More

Study of elite college admissions data suggests being very rich is its own qualification

From The New York Times: “Elite colleges have long been filled with the children of the richest families: At Ivy League schools, one in six… Read More

Will ‘apprenticeship degrees’ come to America?

From Inside Higher Ed: “Dozens of famous employers—including investment bank Goldman Sachs and other luminaries like Deloitte, GE, IBM, JPMorgan, Nestlé, UBS and Rolls-Royce—have begun… Read More

Proof points: High schoolers account for nearly 1 out of every 5 community college students

From The Hechinger Report: “The number of high schoolers taking college classes has been surging for more than two decades. In what is called dual… Read More

Pipeline or pipe dream? Ten million additional college graduates in twenty years

From Forbes: “A recent report by McKinsey and Company issues a bold challenge: graduate ten million more students than currently projected over the next 20… Read More

Black land-grant universities are being starved while white ones flourish, report finds

From The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Congress has a chance in the coming months to close a loophole that has allowed states to deprive Black… Read More

One college finds a way to get students to degrees more quickly, simply and cheaply

From The Hechinger Report: “A university where students can start at any of six times during the year, take just one subject at a time… Read More

UNC responds to Supreme Court ruling

From Inside Higher Ed: “In a message to the campus, Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz said, ‘Our responsibility to comply with the law does not mean… Read More

Colleges scrutinize race-based financial aid after affirmative action ruling

From The Washington Post: “Karen McCarthy, vice president of public policy and federal relations at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, said school… Read More

Expanding access after affirmative action. Here are 2 big things colleges can do right now to increase diversity.

From The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Invest in more need-based financial aid. About 25 percent of financial aid provided by colleges goes to students from… Read More

As affirmative action ends, HBCUs wait or plan for the fallout

From Inside Higher Ed: “Some leaders of historically Black colleges and universities expect the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action to bring a flood… Read More

Federal civil rights complaint challenges Harvard’s legacy admissions

From Lawyers for Civil Rights: “The Chica Project, the African Community Economic Development of New England (ACEDONE), and the Greater Boston Latino Network (GBLN) filed… Read More

Biden administration adds students to income-contingent plan

From Inside Higher Ed: “The Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) Plan replaces the existing Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE) Plan. SAVE increases the… Read More

$39 billion in student loan relief for 804,000 people

From Inside Higher Ed: “The administration said in April 2022 that it would adjust accounts to give borrowers credit for payments and time spent in… Read More

‘Metaversities’ face virtual learning’s financial realities

From Inside Higher Ed: “Faculty and students are taking to learning in the metaverse, but universities wonder how they will pay for it once Meta’s… Read More

Public trust in higher ed has plummeted. Yes, again.

From The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Five years ago, roughly half of people surveyed by Gallup expressed confidence in colleges and universities. That share has… Read More

Americans’ faith in higher education is shaken. Leaders can create a turnaround

From Forbes: “Big-data research supported by Lumina Foundation on media narratives shows positive stories about higher education frequently go unheard, and damaging narratives have moved… Read More

Ministers confirm numbers cap plan for ‘rip-off’ degree courses

From Times Higher Education: “According to the OfS’ annual report, the most recent figures showed that 5.2 per cent of all providers were below baseline… Read More

US Supreme Court blocks affirmative action in admissions

From Times Higher Education: “The nation’s top court voted 6-2 and 6-3 against race-based considerations in cases from Harvard University and the University of North… Read More

Harvard legacy admissions targeted after supreme court ruling on affirmative action

From Bloomberg: “Harvard University was accused by minority groups of violating federal law by giving preferential treatment in the admissions process to children of alumni… Read More

How it feels to have your life changed by affirmative action

From The New York Times: “For many of the Black, Hispanic and Native Americans whose lives were shaped by affirmative action, this moment has prompted… Read More

Supreme Court blocks Biden’s student debt forgiveness plan

From University World News: ”The SCOTUS left in place the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program and the Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) Plan. Under the PSLF,… Read More

A ‘bold’ approach to community college funding

From Inside Higher Ed: “Texas is on the brink of instituting a new funding model for community colleges that would base most state funding on… Read More

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