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Private Universities Branch Into 2-Year Programs

Inside Higher Ed
December 9, 2016

Two private four-year universities are starting associate degree programs.

A Tale of Two Crises

Inside Higher Ed - Opinion Piece
December 9, 2016

Christine Henseler writes: But can our institutions of higher education afford not to support and invest heavily in the humanities? Can we welcome a growing number of diverse students without increased attention to the study of languages, art, music and cultural contributions of people from diverse communities around the world? Can our country claim to educate democratic citizens without teaching our children to analyze the messages that inform their personal and political lives -- skills learned in literature classes? Can our country grapple with radical Islamic groups while defunding religious studies programs and courses in Arabic language and culture, art, and history?

Pomona College's New President Will Be the First Woman and African American to Lead the Campus

Los Angeles Times
December 9, 2016

Pomona College’s Board of Trustees has named G. Gabrielle Starr as the school’s next president, the first time a woman and African American has been appointed to lead the Claremont liberal arts institution.  Starr, who currently is the dean of New York University’s College of Arts and Science, will succeed David Oxtoby when he retires next June. She will join other new leaders at Scripps College and Pitzer College.

Barnard’s Different Approach to Divestment

Inside Higher Ed
December 9, 2016

A minority of colleges have in recent years opted to bar their endowments from holding investments in either the fossil fuel industry generally or specific parts of the industry (such as coal). Barnard College on Thursday announced a different approach: a committee of trustees, professors and students has recommended that the college sell holdings in "all fossil fuel companies that deny climate science or otherwise seek to thwart efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change."

Black Learning Matters

Inside Higher Ed - Opinion Piece
December 9, 2016

W. Robert Connor writes: This situation needs to change, and in classics, there are signs that it can change. Many departments of classics can point to African-American students who have flourished through their study of the classics. The challenge, then, is to find ways to make such success more widespread.

NHL's Golden Knights Denied Trademark Because of Saint Rose

Times Union (Albany, NY)
December 9, 2016

Could anyone confuse a new professional hockey team in Las Vegas with The College of Saint Rose? Yes, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which has denied the Vegas Golden Knights' trademark application a little more than two weeks after the new NHL franchise unveiled its name and logo. The office cites potential confusion with the team name for Saint Rose, which is also the Golden Knights.

For Middle-income College Students, a Rising Dilemma

Christian Science Monitor
December 9, 2016

Many are too poor to write a check for college, but too rich to qualify for aid. With a federal solution looking unlikely, states like California are starting to offer some help.

Pro&Con: She'll Be a Breath of Fresh Air for Parents, Students Alike

Southcoast Today (New Bedford, MA) - Commentary
December 9, 2016

Lindsey M. Burke, fellow in education policy at The Heritage Foundation, writes:  Teachers unions and the education establishment reacted with predictable scorn when President-elect Donald Trump last month named Betsy DeVos as his nominee for secretary of education.  But parents have one simple reason to be optimistic: DeVos has been a champion for educational choice across the country.  Her support for school choice goes beyond mere lip service. She has worked to advance viable options for students and families, including charter schools, vouchers, tuition tax credit scholarships and education savings accounts.

Will Changes in Online College Applications Help Students Chase the American Dream?

Hechinger Report
December 9, 2016

The Common Application, the online gateway to some 700 American colleges, can seem like an impenetrable wall for many low-income and first-generation students. As January’s admissions deadlines loom, the Common App has made some changes this year that may ease students’ anxieties.

Trump: 'We’re Going to Work Something Out' with Dreamers

Politico
December 9, 2016

Donald Trump is adopting a softer tone on young undocumented immigrants granted work permits through an Obama-era directive that the president-elect has vowed to repeal once he's in the White House.

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