Today’s Top Higher Education News


Fewer than 25 schools now require SAT or ACT essay scores, reports The Washington Post . . . A new study finds that students of color are less likely than white students to seek mental health services or have their problems properly diagnosed and treated . . . The New York Times Magazine looks at the situation of Xiyue Wang, a Princeton graduate student being held hostage in Iran, and his family . . . University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen talks about the future of the the university’s three-campus system . . . NPR looks at the visa options for international graduates of U.S. colleges and universities.

Headlines From the Past Week

Tuesday, July 10

Politico looks at newly nominated Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh’s track record on a range of issues, including diversity in admissions policies, net neutrality, and immigration . . . Ronald Crutcher, president of the University of Richmond, writes in The Hechinger Report about the importance of inviting a range of speakers with different perspectives to speak on campus . . . The Boston Globe profiles Southern New Hampshire University’s online partnerships in remote parts of the world, including a refugee camp in Kenya . . . Newly released data show that a large portion of students enrolled in community colleges work during their first year of enrollment and how this impacts their college experiences and employment outcomes . . . Former top executives at ITT Educational Services have settled fraud cases​ with the Securities and Exchange Commission, avoiding a trial slated to begin next week.

Monday, July 9

An Education Department plan to begin cutting large debt collection firms out of the student loan system is on hold after Congress warned against the move, reports Inside Higher Ed . . . States are stepping in as the federal government pulls back on regulating for-profit institutions, according to The Hechinger Report . . . The Chronicle of Higher Education looks at Olin College of Engineering’s unique faculty hiring process . . . Diverse: Issues In Higher Education​ profiles retiring Wiley College President Haywood Strickland. 

Friday, July 6

An op-ed in the Los Angeles Times explains the legal ramifications of the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw Obama-era guidelines encouraging colleges to take race into account in their admissions decisions . . . The lack of women college presidents is the focus of an article in Forbes . . . The Washington Post​ examines future models for expanded higher education pathways for nontraditional students.

Thursday, July 5

The Wall Street Journal and NBC News were among the outlets reporting on the Trump administration’s decision to rescind a set of Obama-era guidelines on the use of race in college admissions to promote diverse educational settings . . . U.S. Department of Education data shows colleges are still struggling to retain students after the first year, according to The Hechinger Report . . . The Chronicle of Higher Education​ reports on why tuition prices can be far from transparent and the effect that has on students.