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January 26, 2018
The U.S. Senate education committee got into the weeds of higher education policy again Thursday, examining how the federal government could open up innovation by colleges and universities. But the biggest buzzword that emerged from a two-hour hearing -- “guardrails” -- signaled the focus of Democrats and expert witnesses on the quality protections that should come with opening up federal aid to nontraditional providers, as congressional Republicans have proposed doing. The tension over that specific issue reflects a larger divide between the parties that applies to many questions involved in an update of the Higher Education Act.
January 26, 2018
Math is widely seen as a barrier for students. When the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities announced this week that it will work with a dozen institutions to study various approaches for using active-learning techniques in introductory math courses, it called those courses “the most common roadblock to a degree” in the STEM disciplines. The project, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, is focused especially on helping students from underrepresented minorities succeed. By examining the 12 universities’ approaches, it aims to develop models “that can work at virtually any institution.”
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 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.
September 7, 2017
UNC Chancellor Carol Folt and other university leadership are “deeply disappointed and saddened” by the decision from President Donald Trump to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. United States Attorney General announced that decision from the Trump administration on Tuesday. UNC administrators responded in a letter to the campus community on Wednesday.
September 7, 2017
President Donald Trump announced plans Tuesday to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program. Former president Barack Obama began this program, which protects young undocumented immigrants, nicknamed "Dreamers," from deportation.
September 6, 2017
The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, through which about 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children have gained the right to work and temporary protection against the risk of deportation. The administration said it will phase out the program, which was established by President Obama in 2012, after a six-month period to give Congress a chance to act on legislation that could restore the program.
September 6, 2017
With the emotional roller coaster of waiting for a formal statement on DACA from the Trump administration over, affected immigrants and their families are now trying to figure out their next steps as they join allies in calling on Congress for action.
September 6, 2017
Forty-two thousand people in Illinois will be impacted by President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and some of those DACA recipients impacted live in Champaign-Urbana. Some University of Illinois DACA students said it is like waking up every day and not knowing what's going to happen. They said their anxiety and fears have eventually turned into uncertainty about their future goals, plans and dreams. Rubi Conchas Lopez and Ana Rodas are both DACA recipients and seniors at the university.
September 6, 2017
University of Toledo president Sharon Gaber and Bowling Green State University president Mary Ellen Mazey released statements to students on the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program.