U.S. voters want higher ed reform. Will it play a big role this election season?
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by Alcino Donadel
23h ago
Election season has voters thinking about higher education reform and what lawmakers can do to reduce costs and improve outcomes, according to a new survey by Third Way, a center-left think tank based out of Washington D.C. Of the 1,500 registered U.S. voters surveyed, nearly two-thirds (64%) believe action must be taken to address affordability and the ROI of college degrees, describing the two issues as “top” or “major” priorities. Affordability is the issue that voters across party lines unanimously agreed needed to be resolved the most. Over 81% of Republican and Democrat voters ..read more
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Student groups sue Texas governor, universities over executive order on campus free speech
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by Houston Public Media
23h ago
The Council on Islamic-American Relations filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday challenging the legality of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order on campus free speech. The order directs the state’s public universities to update their free speech policies to combat activities the governor describes as antisemitic, and names Students for Justice in Palestine as one of the groups that should be punished. CAIR’s complaint argues that “Governor Abbott’s executive order, along with the campus-level efforts to comply with it, are obvious attempts to illegally suppress a viewpoint critical of ..read more
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SAU Tech signs articulation agreement with Reach University
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by Magnolia Banner News
23h ago
This agreement aims to create new opportunities for students and alumni to pursue a BA focused in Education. Unlike transfer agreements already in place between SAU Tech and four year institutes, the students accepted into the program will be able to maintain a full time job and remain in this community. Reach University offers a unique opportunity for students to transition into a four year degree program after completing their two year degree requirements. The participating students will earn degree credits while working for the K12 school district, while also participating in distance learn ..read more
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Madison College names Dr. Beth Giles-Klinkner new provost
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by WKOW
23h ago
After a nationwide search, Madison College has named Dr. Beth Giles-Klinkner as the new provost. Giles-Klinkner was one of three finalists for the position and will step into the new role immediately. She has served as Madison College Interim Provost during the 2023-24 academic year after the retirement of Dr. Turina Bakken. Her early career experiences teaching in an urban setting fueled her decision to pursue a Ph.D. to be best prepared to address educational inequity at a systemic level. Read more from WKOW. The post Madison College names Dr. Beth Giles-Klinkner new provost appeared first ..read more
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Financial aid: How big is the support in your state?
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by Micah Ward
23h ago
Wyoming gives out 99.8% more financial aid to its undergraduate students than its neighbor, Montana, which averages just $36 per scholar. That’s according to a new analysis of financial aid distribution from the scholarship search website Scholaroo. The researchers collected data on the average aid amount per undergraduate to capture the “nationwide panorama of federal financial aid distribution,” the analysis reads. “This analysis serves as a valuable resource for students, educators, policymakers and advocacy groups, empowering them to advocate for fair and equitable access to higher educati ..read more
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Recently passed Missouri State budget contains a 3% increase of higher education
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by KSMU
2d ago
Missouri State University President Clif Smart discusses the 3% increase for higher education in the newly-passed state budget and what capital funding appropriated to the university in the budget bill will be used for. He also explains why MSU decided to leave the Missouri Valley Conference and join Conference USA. Read more from KSMU. The post Recently passed Missouri State budget contains a 3% increase of higher education appeared first on University Business ..read more
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University of Maine System extends chancellor’s contract
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by Spectrum News
2d ago
University of Maine System Chancellor Dannel Malloy will remain in his position at least through June 2027. The system’s trustees added two years to Malloy’s contract. Malloy, a former governor of Connecticut, became chancellor in 2019. In a news release, the system cited Malloy’s creation of the system’s first strategic plan in nearly 20 years among the reasons for his contract extension. In 2020, Malloy led the system in unifying individual institutional accreditations, allowing universities “to more easily collaborate and combine resources to meet student and state needs,” according to a ne ..read more
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Mergers and acquisitions: Don’t let finances blindside you
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by Micah Ward
5d ago
Mergers have become the lifeline for many institutions in the face of financial upheavals that often come as a shock to campus leaders. Such transactions have grown in complexity, too. However, leaders can increase their institution’s lifespan and streamline the acquisition process by following these steps. Over the past several years, we’ve witnessed a dramatic shift in higher education that’s led to a number of financial pressures, like enrollment, for instance. Fewer folks are attending college nowadays, and institutions are suffering as a result. As anticipated, we’re seeing higher rates o ..read more
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President Moves: Cornell leader steps down as hiring ramps up
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by Matt Zalaznick
5d ago
Cornell President Martha E. Pollack has announced she will retire on June 30 after leading the New York university for seven years. Pollack’s departure marks the third Ivy League leader to step down amid political turbulence in recent months. Martha E. Pollack “There are few roles that afford so much opportunity to make a positive difference in the world,” Pollack, a computer scientist and expert in artificial intelligence, said of her tenure in an announcement posted to the university’s website last week. Provost Michael I. Kotlikoff will serve as interim president under a two-year contr ..read more
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Higher ed funding: A look at 2 surprising trends
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by Matt Zalaznick
5d ago
Higher ed funding, particularly at the state level, is not going in the direction one might expect at public colleges and universities a few years after the economic turmoil of the COVID pandemic. And neither is enrollment, according to a new analysis that also examines appropriations through the lens of the Great Recession of 2008. The 3.7% growth in funding per full-time student at public institutions in 2023 is just the second time inflation-adjusted education appropriations exceed pre-Great Recession levels since that slowdown strangled the U.S. economy, according to the latest “State High ..read more
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