Leaders in higher education are speculating about how the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program could affect colleges, from enrollment rates to tuition revenue. The largest enrollment declines could be seen at community colleges, where it is estimated that most DACA students attend, some scholars suggest.
A Star Scholarship program created by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015 to provide free community college to top-performing high-school graduates has seen success, as two-thirds of participants have either graduated or are on course to do so. Program data also show that more than two-thirds of those who have graduated were first-generation students and more than 90% are minorities.
College and university boards should urge presidents to be available to talk with students about free-speech issues on campus and initiate those conversations more often, according to a report from the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. The report also encourages boards to be well-informed about First Amendment rights and ensure that policies are clear around issues of free speech on campus.
Utah lawmakers in their next session will be asked to grant an additional $83 million in funding for state colleges and universities to pay for faculty and staff salaries, financial aid and campus construction, among other items. Board of Regents Chairman Dan Campbell says the funds are needed so state schools can offer "a top-notch college education."
Former NFL player and entrepreneur Johnathan Holifield has been named by the Trump administration to lead the White House Initiative on HBCUs. University of Pennsylvania professor Marybeth Gasman criticized the appointment, saying Holifield has little HBCU experience, but Lezli Baskerville, president and CEO of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education said Holifield, an attorney, has vast business experience that can help schools.
Asking for help at work can enable professionals to avoid burnout and create an atmosphere of trust between co-workers, writes career coach and author Krista Rizzo. Professionals also should develop a self-care routine that allows for downtime and opportunities to reassess career priorities, she suggests in this commentary.
College and university admissions officials say the use of affirmative action has not led to increased diversity, especially at elite colleges where a recent media analysis found fewer black and Hispanic freshmen enrolled in 2015, compared with 1980. Schools are turning to more personalized recruitment efforts to bring in more minority and underrepresented students, officials say.
University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst says a state budget approved over the weekend slashing $309 million over the next two years from campuses and UConn Health would be "devastating." Lawmakers have until Oct. 1 to pass a budget, but Gov. Dannel Malloy says he'll veto the measure in its current form.
James Ryan, recently named president of the University of Virginia, says he will seek to tap the "unrealized potential" of faculty and student diversity as well as affordability when he takes the helm next year. Ryan, who serves as dean of Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, will succeed Teresa Sullivan, the school's first female president.
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