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February 2, 2021
In picking a science team of prominent researchers who have extensive knowledge of the federal government, President Joe Biden has signaled that science would play an elevated role in his administration. At a 16 January press conference, Biden formally introduced mathematician and geneticist Eric Lander to be both director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and his science adviser.
February 2, 2021
President Joe Biden has honed in on immigration reform as one of the keystone issues for his new administration, a move that has clear fans in the science community. On his first day in office, Biden issued several executive orders halting curbs on immigration instituted by former president Donald J. Trump.
January 28, 2021
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ 199 public research universities have lost $17.7 billion in revenues during the pandemic and had to spend another $3.1 billion to take safety measures last fall. However, they have only received $5.7 billion in help from the CARES Act and the COVID relief package approved in December, the association wrote members of Congress on Tuesday, asking for more aid.
January 28, 2021
Well before Covid-19, Ed Walton, a top finance official at the University of South Carolina, would convene colleagues to plan for the future. Pressured by lower state appropriations, the university needed to expand enrollment and reduce costs. But over the years, the conversations would sometimes spin out to extreme hypotheticals. What if students didn’t show up?
January 28, 2021
“This will go down in the history of the University as one of the most challenging times that we’ve had,” said South Dakota State University President Barry H. Dunn in a recent interview with The Brookings Register.
January 21, 2021
The pandemic presented an enormous financial challenge for colleges and universities this past fall as they reopened online or in person. Institutions large and small had to cough up money for expenses related to COVID-19 testing, personal protective equipment and online learning resources. At the same time, they were bleeding tuition, housing and auxiliary services revenue.
January 21, 2021
The U.S. Education Department on Thursday made available the $21.2 billion in help to higher education included in the coronavirus relief legislation Congress and President Trump approved in December, but undocumented students could be left out of getting help through emergency student grants again.
January 21, 2021
When we tell our friends and relatives that we study the role of universities in economic development, we typically encounter furrowed brows. The idea that universities do anything other than teaching and research seems unfathomable, except perhaps during football season.
January 21, 2021
President-elect Joe Biden on Friday nominated Eric Lander to be his science adviser and director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy -- and also elevated the role of science adviser so that it will have cabinet rank.
January 21, 2021
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus of significant discussion was the incongruity between reports that simultaneously stated that recent graduates were unable to find jobs and that employers could not find people with the skills they needed even for entry-level jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree.