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8/13/2020

New legislation in the Senate would create a bill of rights for college athletes and give them "revenue-sharing rights" with their colleges, conferences and the NCAA. The bill also would provide better health care options, create safety and wellness standards and drop the requirement that if students transfer schools they have to sit out a year.

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USA Today
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Senate
8/13/2020

Colleges are finding ways to create new relevance for liberal arts curriculum by teaming up with other disciplines like business, writes Michael Nietzel, president emeritus of Missouri State University. New interdisciplinary classes at schools such as Oberlin and the University of Wisconsin show the humanities offer communication, critical thinking and cross-cultural skills, he writes.

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Forbes
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University of Wisconsin
8/13/2020

As colleges reopen, some that are requiring students and staff to be tested are beginning to post the results data publicly to encourage transparency. Some colleges are providing the tests, but many smaller colleges don't have the resources and cite CDC guidance that asymptomatic students don't need to be tested.

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Education Dive
8/13/2020

The coronavirus is threatening advances made in improving college access for minority and first-generation students over the last 20 years, writes Ted Mitchell, president of the American Council on Education. It is revealing disparities in resources and access to technology for many of these students, making federal assistance even more important during this crisis, he writes.

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The Hechinger Report
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Ted Mitchell
8/13/2020

Students, faculty and staff are suing the University of North Carolina to stop plans to reopen the campus, following requests from faculty and even student "die-ins," over what they say are inadequate safety measures. The university has declined to comment.

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Inside Higher Ed
8/13/2020

The trustees of the University of Akron, anticipating a $30 million drop in revenue, approved cutting $44 million from the budget. The cuts will affect faculty and staff, and athletics.

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University of Akron
8/12/2020

On Tuesday, the Pac-12 joined the Big Ten conference in postponing fall sports, including football, but the Big 12, ACC, American and SEC are still holding out for a fall season. One factor cited has been the risk of myocarditis, a heart condition that can be caused by viral infections.

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SEC
8/12/2020

In lieu of ACT and SAT scores and some high-school grades, some colleges say they are turning to evaluating student applications based on character skills, such as creativity, intellectual curiosity and problem-solving. On its application, Bowdoin College recently added an app that pops up a question and students have to film themselves answering the question in two minutes after having 30 seconds to think of an answer.

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National Public Radio
8/12/2020

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., named as presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's choice for vice president, sued for-profit college Corinthian College while serving as California's attorney general and joined other senators in asking that for-profit colleges be left out of coronavirus relief packages. She supported a plan by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., that would make colleges and universities free to families who make less than $125,000 annually.

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Inside Higher Ed
8/12/2020

Artificial intelligence can offer regular and timely feedback on workplace interactions and relationships, including "micro-moments" that have large effects over time, says Eskalera co-founder Tolonda Tolbert. "D&I technology enables us to coach in the flow of work plus get feedback from employees without them having to raise their hand in an uncomfortable or 'whistle-blowing' setting," Tolbert says.