November 3, 2017
Republicans in Congress released their proposed overhaul of the nation’s tax laws on Thursday, including several measures that would place new tax burdens on colleges and students — and, critics said, could undermine charitable giving to higher education. The bill was met with immediate opposition from a number of higher-education groups, which argued that the measure would rob institutions of vital dollars and increase the price of college for debt-laden students and already-strapped families.
October 31, 2017
Preparing students for the workforce is integral to the success of a higher education institution. Manufacturing programs at universities have embraced the same technology that the industry is using for this specific purpose. The Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute leverages a public-private partnership to foster research and give students real-world skills.
October 24, 2017
Issues facing the world are not divided into academic departments, and universities should reflect that reality in their search for solutions, Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, said at the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium. The big issues almost always require social sciences as well as traditional life sciences,” McPherson said during a panel on breaking down silos in grant work. “Just think about the big issues, you need people along with the technical solution.”
October 23, 2017
Tom Ebaugh, working toward a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, says Radenka Maric is the reason he’s doing it at the University of Connecticut. “I wouldn’t be here if she wasn’t,” said Ebaugh, 24, wearing plastic gloves and protective glasses at a fuel cell energy laboratory, part of UConn’s Center for Clean Energy Engineering. Originally from Pennsylvania, he is among a handful of graduate students working under Maric, who is not only a professor in sustainable energy, but as of July, vice president of academic research at Connecticut’s flagship university.
September 29, 2017
An Obama administration initiative that provided consumer information on colleges and universities has survived for another year and into the Trump administration. The Department of Education published updated information on the College Scorecard Thursday, including a new feature that allows students to compare data from up to 10 institutions at once. The update is a significant win for proponents of transparency in higher education who have watched Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over recent months delay and water down requirements for the gainful-employment measure.
September 22, 2017
Public scrutiny of how colleges handle sexual assault cases is appropriate. Institutions should be held accountable for safeguarding the rights of complainants and respondents. That these cases are often extremely complicated and challenging does not in any way diminish the need for fair policies.
September 12, 2017
As the higher-education community begins the new academic year, we also prepare for the latest round of college rankings from U.S. News & World Report. We can expect coverage on which colleges have risen and which have fallen, followed by the usual laments from institutions’ presidents about how meaningless these rankings really are. My own perspective as a former university president differs, as I believe the rankings play a useful, though imperfect, role in providing information.
September 11, 2017
Much of higher education policy focuses on “traditional” college students—those who started college at age 18 after getting dropped off in the family station wagon or minivan, enrolled full-time, and stayed at that institution until graduation. Yet although this is how many policymakers and academics experienced college (I’m no exception), this represents a minority of the current American higher education system. Higher education data systems have often followed this mold, with the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) collecting some key success and financial aid metrics for first-time, full-time students only.
September 7, 2017
As Labor Day wound to a close, college press offices were busy. News had broken over the weekend that the Trump administration planned to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, known as DACA, with a six-month delay to allow Congress time to attempt a legislative fix.
September 7, 2017
After the Trump administration announced on Tuesday that it would bring the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to an end, Penn State President Eric Barron sent a message to the university community and signed on with other college leaders to urge Congressional action.