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7/29/2021

California's colleges and universities will receive $47.1 billion to streamline transfers, provide displaced worker grants and additional student financial aid, under a measure signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Future legislation would give the schools $2 billion for housing issues.

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Higher Ed Dive
7/29/2021

The statue of the late Sen. J. William Fulbright will remain on the campus of the University of Arkansas, the trustees have decided. Contextualization will be added to
explain the senator's opposition to integration, which resulted in recent calls for the statue and his name be removed from the campus.

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University of Arkansas
7/28/2021

ACT has announced plans to automatically permit certain testing accommodations that are already included in the individualized education programs or 504 plans of students with disabilities. ACT also says students who have disabilities but are without school plans can seek exam accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Disability Scoop
7/28/2021

In an indication of just how fast the Delta variant is changing, the public health playbook in schools and other aspects of life, the CDC reversed course two-and-a-half weeks after updating its guidance to allow vaccinated students and staff members to be maskless in schools. "CDC recommends that everyone in K to 12 schools, wear a mask indoors, including teachers, staff, students and visitors, regardless of vaccination status," said CDC director Rachel Walensky during a telepress conference on July 27, during which she also called for vaccinated individuals to resume masking in counties that have more than 50 to 100 cases in a seven day period per 100,000 people. "The Delta variant is showing every day its willingness to outsmart us and to be an opportunist in areas where we have not shown a fortified response against it."

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Tech & Learning
7/28/2021

When the pandemic hit, education -- like so many other aspects of everyone’s life -- went online. edX, an online nonprofit founded by scientists from MIT and Harvard, had enrollment rose from 81 million in 2019 to 110 million by the end of 2020. However, this pandemic-fueled success is part of why the edtech world was surprised by the announcement that 2U, which contracts with nonprofit colleges and universities to offer online degree programs, was buying edX for $800 million. The move makes sense from a business perspective but some observers wonder what might have been.

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Tech & Learning
7/28/2021

Boom Cards is an online platform created for teachers to allow for instruction using cards, without the need for a classroom. The idea is to let students practice basic skills, such as letters and numbers, with a visually stimulating experience via any accessible device. This covers a range of ages and subject areas, with varying times set aside for each, adjustable by the teacher. The cards offer tasks for the student to complete and are self-grading, making it a great way to teach effectively while saving on planning and assessment time.

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Tech & Learning
7/28/2021

Walmart plans to spend $1 billion over the next five years to remove costs associated with its employee college tuition program. The retail giant is also adding four new schools and degree or certificate programs to the program, which staff members are eligible for as soon as they start working.

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7/28/2021

Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, has adopted new campus security policies and procedures that will include campus police wearing body cameras. Dorms also will have live-in staff trained to handle conflicts and mental health issues among students.

7/28/2021

Construction of the University of Michigan-Flint's new $29.5 million Murchie Science Building has been completed. The 61,000-square-foot building will house the university's growing STEM program with an immersive learning environment, classrooms and labs.

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University of Michigan
7/28/2021

Vanderbilt University is establishing the James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements to honor a civil rights leader, who was expelled as a student for his activism. The institute will focus on research, community education and partnerships, train community organizers and develop leaders "equipped with the skills to make meaningful, sustainable change."

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Vanderbilt University