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March 22, 2019
US President Donald Trump signed an executive order on 21 March that requires universities to certify that they protect free speech, or risk losing federal research funds. Public institutions will have to certify that they are following free-speech protections laid out in the First Amendment of the US Constitution, and private institutions must promise to follow their stated policies on free speech, a White House official told reporters on 21 March.
March 22, 2019
The Trump administration on Thursday announced a plan to force universities that violate free-speech principles to forfeit billions of dollars in biomedical research and other scientific grants. It is unclear, however, whether any universities might actually be impacted — and whether the requirements, unveiled in an executive order, represent a massive disruption for the country’s research infrastructure or a political statement that will leave scientific work untouched.
March 21, 2019
Public universities have a public purpose, including serving students of all backgrounds. That starts with an admissions process rooted in fairness. This commitment to fairness is central to the identity of public universities and their mission to improve the lives of their students and society at large. Preferential admissions decisions for relatives of alumni -- known as legacy admissions -- are not consistent with this commitment to fairness.
March 14, 2019
America’s research universities have long been the envy of the world, drawing the most gifted students from across the globe who are in pursuit of a world-class education. Foreign students who secure employment visas or further their education through Optional Practical Training (OPT) upon graduation go on to do incredible things in the U.S.
March 12, 2019
A new initiative is targeting failure rates in foundational courses–a major cause of college dropouts–by giving scalable, high-quality support to colleges and universities seeking to improve student retention. Every Learner Everywhere is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and aims to increase the number of institutions using adaptive learning to improve course outcomes and graduation rates.
March 12, 2019
President Trump called for a $7.1 billion cut to funding at the Education Department with a proposed budget that retreads familiar higher education ideas for this White House. The budget proposal released on Monday asks Congress to open Pell Grants to “high-quality” short-term programs, eliminate Public Service Loan Forgiveness and subsidized student loans, and streamline income-driven repayment programs for student borrowers.
March 12, 2019
If the Trump administration's 2020 budget proposal is enacted, employees at the U.S. Department of Education will have to find a way to get work done with fewer resources. The 2020 budget proposal would slash ED's budget by 10 percent at the program level or $8.5 billion, down to $62 billion.
March 7, 2019
As my time serving as the University of Vermont's 26th president begins drawing to a close, I am reflecting on the priorities that have guided this remarkable university and informed our strategic decisions across campus. In October 2012, at my installation, I challenged the UVM community to raise our expectations and aspirations so that, together, we would create an academic environment of the highest quality — for our students, for our faculty and staff, for the future of Vermont, and beyond.
March 5, 2019
Conservative activists cheered loudly and applauded when President Trump announced Saturday that he would make federal funding for universities contingent on support for free speech. But some First Amendment experts and university officials greeted the announcement that Trump would impose an executive order with questions: Was this political rhetoric, or an imminent policy change?
March 5, 2019
President Donald Trump’s promise Saturday to sign an executive order requiring colleges and universities that receive federal research grants to protect free speech delighted his supporters, but it left many educators and organizations that represent colleges puzzled regarding how it would work and what problem it is intended to solve.