Many colleges and universities are working to support students experiencing hunger and homelessness with efforts such as creating housing programs or on-campus food pantries. "[I]f we really are focused on increasing access and providing these [educational] opportunities for students, we have an obligation to help support their success and that means creating these support structures around affordable housing and food insecurity," said Ed Mirecki, the University of Washington-Tacoma's dean of students.
The Higher Education Committee of 50 -- a group made up of higher education and college officials -- issued a report recommending dozens of issues for Congress to address when reauthorizing the Higher Education Act. These recommendations include simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid process and terminating higher-education tax credits in favor of reallocating funds toward Pell Grants.
A committee of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia today will examine a recommendation to revoke Virginia International University's operating certificate, with a full vote possible on Tuesday. Staff at SCHEV found that the university had "rampant plagiarism," insufficient graduate and online courses, and a high number of students with limited English-speaking skills.
Only four of the 10 top-ranked universities in the world -- Princeton, Columbia, Stanford and Harvard -- consider legacy status during the admissions process. "We should start thinking about the idea of economic assignment of action effectively, which is to give the bump that we [...] give to rich legacy kids to poor non-legacy kids," says Richard Reeves, co-director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution.
The "UT Promise" program at the University of Tennessee will offer free tuition for lower-income students on Chattanooga, Knoxville and Martin campuses beginning in fall 2020. The program applies to undergraduate students with a household income less than $50,000 and who receive state Hope scholarships.
A group at the University of Wyoming has been convened by President Laurie Nichols to discuss solutions to problems brought out in last year's survey of job satisfaction among full-time staff and faculty, in which a majority of answers were negative. Less than a third of answers about senior leadership were positive.
The charity arm of pizza chain Papa John's has given a $500,000 grant to the Association of American Colleges & Universities. The grant funds "will enable AAC&U to carry its Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation program, aimed at jettisoning a belief in the hierarchy of human value, to the next level," says AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella.
Luck is part of the job-search process, but there are some areas in which job seekers do have control, writes David McDonald, associate director of graduate student services at Duke University Career Center. In this commentary, he shares several strategies to help navigate the job-search process, including how to handle competition.
A report from the nonprofit Education Design Lab lays out five ways, including a "Netflix-style" curation and distribution model, that colleges and universities can use to improve the credentials they offer. EDL President Kathleen deLaski says the report offers strategies for institutions to embed liberal arts within more technological fields.