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9/25/2020

The Department of Homeland Security is proposing a fixed time limit on foreign student visas of four years, regardless of whether a student needs more time to complete a degree or graduate school, and it would limit students from some African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries to two-year visas. More than 1 million international students in the US make up 5.5% of all higher-education students, adding an estimated $41 billion to the economy.

9/25/2020

Colorado residents will see application fees waived Tuesday at all 32 public technical schools, community colleges and public universities. Students can fill out as many admissions applications as they want on Colorado's third annual Free Application Day.

9/25/2020

Dionne Rosser-Mims will become vice chancellor of Troy University's Phenix City, Ga., campus Oct. 1 and will be the first female and first person of color to hold the role. She says she plans to seek innovative ideas for increasing enrollment and hopes to create various partnerships to help strengthen the community.

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9/25/2020

Arizona will provide Arizona State University in Tempe, the University of Arizona in Tucson and Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff with $14 million in new funds to support the schools' responses to the coronavirus, Gov. Doug Ducey said. ASU will focus on creating a new "point of need" coronavirus test that would deliver results within minutes, Ducey said.

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9/25/2020

Two grants with a combined $2 million will allow West Texas A&M University to become an anchor institution for the AmeriCorps program as it serves small communities in 25 counties. A mentoring program will tap students from several area college campuses.

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9/25/2020

Fresno State University President Joseph Castro has been named as California State University's incoming chancellor. Castro is the system's first chancellor of color and the first in the system's history to be chosen from within the system.

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EdSource
9/24/2020

More than 80% of faculty and administrators from almost 600 colleges said they felt prepared to teach classes online this semester, with the comfort level higher at two-year and private four-year schools than at four-year public colleges, a survey finds. An increase in access to professional development tools has helped, respondents say, as has a requirement to teach classes in person and online simultaneously.

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Education Dive
9/24/2020

More than a year after a high-profile college admissions scandal came to light, an audit has determined that four University of California schools inappropriately admitted 64 applicants over a six-year period, many of whom "received the lowest possible scores on their applications" but had personal or family connections with donors or university staff. University of California President Michael Drake said he has "zero tolerance on matters of integrity" and is working to improve a variety of deficiencies in the admissions process.

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9/24/2020

The American Association of University Professors is launching an investigation into seven colleges after their governing boards and administrators reportedly initiated mass layoffs, program removal and course format changes without faculty input. The concerns over weakened academic governance are being probed at Illinois Wesleyan, Wittenberg, Marian and National universities and Medaille, Keuka and Canisius colleges.

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9/24/2020

Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia hopes public colleges and universities can take advantage of low interest rates spurred by the pandemic to make a dent in their financial problems, saying that refinancing plans could save the state's institutions more than $300 million over the coming 24 months. Northam says refinancing "will free up millions of dollars in savings," letting colleges and universities make crucial investments.