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  • Kansas City Star

    ACT and SAT scores are no longer required for admission to this Missouri university

    The night before Sadie Billings took her ACT exam, her stomach was in knots. She was so anxious she couldn’t sleep. She had been in the same position five times before. And although she had maintained a 4.0 high school grade point average, Billings — even after six tries — was never able to score […]

  • Columbus Dispatch

    What traits does Ohio State community want in its next president?

    The next Ohio State president will have to do it all, higher education experts and community members say. The presidential search committee will welcome community input as their work begins, and will aim to have a list of semifinalists this summer. As Ohio State begins the search for its next president, higher education experts and […]

  • Lewiston Tribune

    Staben returns to the classroom, with eyes toward the future

    Chuck Staben has returned to his roots as a university professor, but it’s not where he wants to finish his career in higher education. Staben, who served as president of the University of Idaho from 2014-19 before the State Board of Education opted not to renew his contract, took a semester off and recently started […]

  • Will US universities be made redundant by the employability agenda?

    Pressured by her family to pursue medical school, Diana Choi found herself managing a Chipotle fast-food restaurant after sticking with her course at the University of California for less than a semester: “I don’t think I really wanted to go in the first place,” she admits. But now the twentysomething is better off than most […]

  • Forbes

    College Initiatives For 2020, Part II: The University Of Rhode Island’s Student Success Investments

    During the recession last decade, the University of Rhode Island (URI) lost $26 million in state support over a three-year period. That loss represented about a third of its state appropriation, posing a major threat to URI’s future. But the university used its budget crisis as a spur to revamp undergraduate education and focus on […]

  • Florida Lawmakers Probe ‘Foreign Meddling’ in Research

    Florida Lawmakers Probe ‘Foreign Meddling’ in Research

    Florida lawmakers are launching an investigation into the “extent of foreign meddling in taxpayer-funded research” at the state’s research institutions, in what seems to be the first inquiry of this sort at a state level. The state-level probe is happening in parallel with similar inquiries by Congress and national research agencies into the threat of […]

  • Campus Technology

    APLU Efforts to Scale Student Success Win Gates Foundation Dollars

    The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) has received $2.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide “capacity-building services” that will support “student-centered university transformation” at its member institutions. The services will be part of APLU’s Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success initiative; starting in early 2020, institutions participating in that […]

  • Diverse Education

    APLU Receives $2.5M Grant to Aid Student Success

    The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) received a $2.5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help break down higher education barriers for students. Under the foundation’s Intermediaries for Scale two-year grant, only 12 organizations were awarded the funding out of 200 applicants.

  • Forbes

    Gates Foundation Launches Major Student Success Initiative

    Today, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced the launch of Intermediaries For Scale, a $20 million grant program that will fund 12 existing organizations to help colleges and universities become more student-centered and more attuned to helping “low-income and first-generation students, students of color, and working adults achieve their educational goals.”

  • Chronicle of Higher Education

    Are Rural Students the Next Priority for Colleges?

    It’s not hard to find folks in higher education talking about the challenges of getting more rural students to and through college. It’s the solutions that are more elusive. Yet after I wrote about this issue in a newsletter last fall, readers helped to connect me to several ideas worth highlighting. Most notable: Some colleges […]

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