Revised rules set for release in the coming days from the US Education Department are expected to give students accused of campus sexual assault more rights, including the chance to question their accuser. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says, under new Title IX rules, schools must be "mindful of the rights of every student."
A report from Moody's Investors Service shows 19% of private, nonprofit US colleges reported discounting tuition for first-year students by 60% or more, up from 13% in 2017. Smaller colleges are offering deeper discounts, the report found, and Moody's predicts the median tuition discount rate will reach 39% by 2019.
The Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition is pushing the state to expand its Tennessee Reconnect college tuition program to include the nearly 25,000 people incarcerated in the state. Gov.-elect Bill Lee campaigned on the promise to increase vocational training and decrease recidivism.
A paper from a Princeton University researcher found that when women replace men as department chairpersons, gender gaps in publications and pay tend to shrink and the number of female graduate students increases by about 10%. Researcher Andrew Langan says many factors are at play, including the chairperson being a role model as well as other leadership strengths.
Advocates are targeting three Massachusetts colleges -- Boston University, Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst -- in a campaign to increase the number of female administrators. A recent report ranked the universities among those in need of boosting gender equity in leadership.
Iowa State University has been pledged $6 million from airplane manufacturer Boeing to support the construction of an innovation center and to help students pursuing engineering degrees. The innovation center, set to be completed in January 2020, will serve as a hub for student collaboration and hands-on learning, Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg said.
A lawsuit filed this week against US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos accuses the Education Department of not granting loan relief to students who allege they were defrauded by colleges, even though a judge last month ordered an end to delays. DeVos has delayed so-called borrower defense rules, and the department has said they will now go into effect in July 2020.
Only 19% of black and Latino high-school students attend selective public colleges, even though 340,000 of them score above average on admissions tests, compared with 31% of white high-scoring students who attend such schools, a report finds. Researchers conclude that such disparities exacerbate racial inequity in US society.
A survey of American Association of Community Colleges member institutions found that nearly 83% saw an increase in enrollment of Pell Grant recipients last summer -- compared with the previous summer -- after the federal government reinstated year-round grants. The data also showed that 70% of the schools are using the year-round grants as a marketing tool to attract students.
International students "create economic value and jobs" and should be made to feel welcome in the US and at US colleges and universities, writes George Mason University President Angel Cabrera. In this commentary, he notes the ongoing decline in new international enrollments, which he attributes in part to federal immigration policies, and explains how other countries are benefiting.
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