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September 6, 2017
The Kansas State University administration reiterated its support for “swift congressional action” to protect undocumented students after President Donald Trump’s administration announced the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a policy program which granted young undocumented immigrants from immediate deportation.
September 6, 2017
Ohio's public and private colleges are supporting undocumented immigrant students after President Donald Trump announced that the DACA program allowing them to remain in the United States should end. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday said the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will wind down after six months to give Congress time to address the fate of the program's participants
September 6, 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration's plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in a speech Tuesday morning at the Department of Justice. Sessions touted the rule of law and called the program's implementation a circumvention of the Constitution's separation of powers. DACA was created through an executive order by former President Barack Obama in 2012. It allows eligible immigrants who entered the country illegally as minors to stay and apply for work permits for a two-year period. The period of deferred action is renewable.
July 24, 2017
A dozen higher-education organizations expressed serious concerns over a possible change in the student visa program, saying it could deter the most talented international students from applying to schools in the United States. This month, The Washington Post reported that senior officials at the Department of Homeland Security were discussing a proposal to require foreign students to reapply for permission to stay in the United States every year. The proposal, intended to strengthen national security by monitoring students more closely in line with President Trump’s repeated calls to tighten the country’s borders, would require regulatory changes that could take a year and a half or more, and might require agreement from the State Department, as well.
July 21, 2017
Two U.S. Senators called on President Donald J. Trump and their fellow lawmakers Thursday to support their bipartisan effort to win passage of the Dream Act. The Senators introduced the bill anew Thursday after 16 years of stymied attempts to pass the legislation that would grant legal status to those brought to the United States illegally as children.
June 12, 2017
Becoming the first woman and the first African-American chancellor of the University of Kansas seemed, in many cases, more remarkable to others than to Bernadette Gray-Little herself. “For a number of people that I met here in Lawrence, especially women, it was extraordinarily important and significant,” Gray-Little said. “...They didn’t know that they would ever see this day. There was some similar reaction from members of the African-American community who were alums, or people who worked here, who lived in the community — a sense that this was very important to their experience for this to happen.”
May 16, 2017
House Democrats on Monday said they plan to seek an increase in the Pell Grant to make college more affordable but conceded the increase would only be by a couple hundred dollars. The plan is part of a new “Aim Higher” legislative campaign that touches on broad issues of access, affordability and completion, although lawmakers offered few details about the specific policy solutions they intend to introduce.
April 28, 2017
Purdue University’s acquisition of Kaplan University is an unexpected tectonic shift in American higher education, revealing both the changing roles of public universities and the dwindling fortunes of for-profit colleges. The deal announced Thursday has the Indiana-based public research university acquiring nearly all of the credential-issuing side of Kaplan’s higher education business -- seven schools and colleges that make up Kaplan University, but not its School of Professional and Continuing Education.
April 20, 2017
“Computer Science Is Tough Sell to Women” (U.S. News, April 11) casts a much-needed spotlight on the shortfall in women earning degrees in STEM disciplines like engineering and computer science. The STEM degree deficit hardly just affects earnings. A dearth of diversity creates a headwind for discovery and innovation, too. A growing body of research has found that diverse teams are more innovative than homogenous ones, especially within STEM contexts. Compared exclusively to male teams, for example, mixed-gendered teams generate 40% more technology patents.
April 11, 2017
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in February met with Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, along with 11 presidents of four-year, public universities. She also met with leaders of historically black colleges and universities that month.