More than 20 community colleges will share about $1.7 million in grants for career and technical education supplied by the Illinois Community College Board. Richland Community College will use its $96,608 grant to offer student-centered support services and strengthen the pipeline of CTE educators, among other things.
Oakland University has reversed its decision to require returning students to wear a BioButton, now making it optional, after 2,500 students signed a petition raising privacy issues about the health monitoring device. The manufacturer says temperature and other vital-signs data is only accessible by the user and that an administrator is only told that a person with the device cannot work or attend classes, not why.
Colleges' transfer processes need to be streamlined to ensure that more students from minority groups and low-income backgrounds finish their degrees, write William Crowe, Shanna Smith-Jaggars and Chris Soto, members of the national Tackling Transfers Advisory Board. Career counseling needs to be coordinated, financial aid needs to be transferrable and credit needs to be accepted universally for dual-credit courses, military service and workplace learning, they recommend.
The faculty union at the University of Akron has rejected a contract proposed by the administration that included layoffs that are part of a $65 million budget cut. The current contract expires at the year, but layoffs will happen this month, though the union says it plans to file two grievances.
Some colleges and universities were already vulnerable to a financial crisis brought by the coronavirus, having made questionable financial decisions in the years leading up to it. Even as enrollment declined and some schools faced financial losses over sexual misconduct cases, some still added degree programs and faculty and launched building campaigns.
More than 500 of 2,662 schools analyzed show warning signs of financial instability in at least two areas, a Financial Fitness Tracker developed by the Hechinger Report finds. Ohio and Illinois have the most at-risk schools, and about 1,360 schools report a decline in fall enrollment.
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College in Kentucky will use a $100,000 grant through Metallica's All Within My Hands Foundation to support workforce training. ECTC is among 15 colleges to share $1.5 million in grants from the foundation this year.
A new survey finds that 62% of faculty think students are more likely to cheat in an online environment. However, there are ways to reduce cheating, including proctored exams, random test questions and open-book exams, a report associated with the survey finds.
About 100 faculty members have asked the administration of Virginia Commonwealth University to keep classes remote this fall, except for things like studio and lab classes. The school says that less than half the classes will be taught on campus and that it has been working with the faculty to come up with safety protocols.
The trustees of the University of Tennessee have approved updated Title IX language and procedures for addressing allegations of sexual assault and harassment. The changes must be approved by the state attorney general and are expected to go into effect later in the year.