Students attending Vermont colleges this fall will sign a contract promising to uphold COVID-19 protocols that include guidelines for social distancing. Rich Schneider, former Norwich University president, said college is a good place for students to learn the moral responsibility that will be needed in the workforce as well.
Michael Drake will take over as president of the University of California on Aug. 1, becoming the first Black person to hold this position. Drake, who recently retired from The Ohio State University, is a University of California at Irvine alum who has a track record of increasing school diversity, retention and graduation rates.
International college students in the US must enroll at a school with at least some on-campus classes or risk being forced to leave the country, under a new ruling announced by the Trump administration Monday. The changes to the visa program affect international students with F-1 and M-1 visas, who now are banned from attending schools with online-only classes, and also apply to students applying for such visas and seeking to enter the country.
This fall, community colleges in Connecticut will be free for first-time students. The $3 million in funding for the PACT program, which covers the costs of tuition for eligible students, will come from the state's reserves for the first semester, with future funding still undetermined.
"Black At" accounts are springing up on Instagram as students share experiences of racism on campus while also highlighting ways people can learn to be anti-racist. Some of the sites, like the one at Cornell University, also raise funds for social justice groups.
The University System of Georgia has reversed its face-mask policy and will now require them for everyone on campus. About 10,000 people petitioned the system to change its previous masks-optional policy to align with the policies in neighboring states and CDC recommendations.
Colorado's new funding formula that will give more funding for schools with larger percentages of low-income and minority students might help but will not solve the problem of racial equity, says Janine Davidson, the president of Metropolitan State University of Denver. Research shows that additional funding doesn't get at the fundamental racism in the system that needs to be addressed by policymakers.
The coronavirus upheaval on campuses is offering an opportunity for universities to rethink their tenure-track process, write Josh Hiller and Reem Khamis-Dakwar of Adelphi University. A more equitable process needs to be found that doesn't penalize professionals for life-altering events, they write.
The US Department of Homeland Security has announced that international college students may not physically return, and must leave the US, if their colleges adopt online-only instruction for the fall. The decision is being labeled as xenophobic and misguided by critics.