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Research Discovers New Strategy in Boosting Vaccination Rate and Encouraging Mask Wearing
A new study discovered that instead of targeting anti-vaxxers, it might be wiser to focus on getting individuals who already agree with social distancing and vaccination to act on it.
September 22, 2021
Webinar Highlights Ways to Improve Student Success Post-Pandemic
At Wednesday’s webinar, student success experts and directors came together to discuss new ways to helps students who had suffered learning loss in the past year.
August 25, 2021
UVA Disenrolls 238 Students For Ignoring COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
August 23, 2021
Institutions Step Up Grief Counseling Efforts As Pandemic Wages On
“Aaron Tenenbaum. Allen Y. Lew. Angel Torres. Anita Crumpton.” These are the first four names at the top of the City University of New York’s (CUNY’s) “In Memoriam” webpage. They lead two long columns of faculty, staff, and students, all in the CUNY system, who died of COVID-19.
August 5, 2021
Panel Focuses on Providing Support to Black Male Students During the Pandemic
Dr. Linda Garcia, the executive director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCSSE) and the National Alliance of Community and Technical Colleges, pulled together a panel of education leaders who have been making institutional changes in an effort to keep Black students, in particular, Black men, enrolled in higher education. The panel urged institutions to listen to their students, increase connections and pathways between K-12 and post-secondary education, and provide mentors to engage with and nurture Black male students through their education, both on and off campus.
July 28, 2021
National Urban League Calls for Post-COVID Racial Equity in Latest Report
While many talk of wanting a return to normal after COVID-19, the National Urban League (NUL), a national civil rights organization, is advocating for a “new normal,” one that is more inclusive and equitable than before coronavirus.
July 20, 2021
Federal Judge Blocks Challenge to COVID Vaccine Mandate at Indiana University
Indiana University’s requirement that students receive COVID-19 vaccines before returning to campus this fall legally stands, reports NPR. That’s according to a federal judge who blocked a challenge to the requirement filed by students arguing it went against their right to bodily autonomy under the 14th Amendment. Similar to rules at other universities across the […]
July 20, 2021
Faculty & Staff
A Precarious, Unequal Tipping Point for Faculty
The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened higher education’s already-dire economic crisis. Moreover, “shared governance and academic freedom” face an “existential threat,” according to a new report released by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).
July 19, 2021
National Community-Based Health Teams Reflect on Equity in COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts
A group of public health researchers across the country recently convened to discuss their work and outreach efforts around the coronavirus pandemic in African American and Latino communities, both rural and urban.
July 16, 2021
Association of American Medical Colleges President Urges Members to Require COVID-19 Vaccines
With COVID-19 cases rising in many states and the rapid spread of the Delta variant, Dr. David J. Skorton, president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), is urging all member institutions to require vaccinations for its employees. In a statement, he wrote, “we have tragically lost some health care personnel to […]
July 16, 2021
Fall 2019 Freshman Class: How COVID Impacted Re-Enrollment
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s report on retention and persistence rates for the fall 2019 freshman cohort, shows a marked decrease in return enrollment and is a direct reflection of the pandemic-related struggles experienced by first-year higher education students during the onset of COVID-19.
July 12, 2021
Student Loan Service FedLoan Will Not Renew Federal Contract
Student loan servicer The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA)— also known as FedLoan — will not renew its contract with the federal government when it expires in December, The New York Times reported. FedLoan oversees loans of 8.5 million student borrowers. It is one of the companies the Education Department pays to manage the […]
July 9, 2021
Syracuse University to Hire Outside Firm to Review Women’s Basketball Program
Syracuse University will hire an outside firm to review its women’s basketball program, following allegations of threats, bullying and unwanted physical contact by Syracuse women’s basketball coach Quentin Hillsman, The Associated Press reported. This comes almost 10 weeks after Hillsman attributed the departure of 11 players to attrition, COVID-19 and the transfer portal. No formal […]
June 30, 2021
Report Proposes Higher Education COVID-19 Recovery Policies
In a year defined by a deadly pandemic, economic crisis and racial injustice, colleges and universities were forced to reevaluate their practices, structures and delivery models. As the United States transitions to a recovery phase, New America and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) sought to further understand the overall impact of these crises on the education sector.
June 23, 2021
Scholars: Let’s Focus on Women and Caregiving in the Economy
There is a need for more support and investment in childcare and care work as the U.S. opens its economy back up, according to scholars who participated in a virtual panel titled “The Economics of Care: What’s at Stake for Women in the Workforce,” hosted by the Center for American Progress on Tuesday.
June 22, 2021
U.S. Department of Education Facilitates Conversation Around Creating Equitable School Reopening Plans
As the COVID-19 vaccine distribution continues and the nation transitions to a state of recovery, many Americans remain eager to experience a sense of normalcy again. However, normalcy—in the context of education—would entail returning to a “broken system,” said Dr. Miguel A. Cardona, U.S. Secretary of Education.
June 22, 2021
Northeastern University Partners and Saves Mills College from Closing
Northeastern University is partnering with Mills College, saving the dwindling women’s liberal arts college from no longer operating. The announcement came in a letter from Northeastern President Dr. Joseph E. Aoun. “We recognize and share a mutual commitment to maintaining the excellence Mills has achieved in its educational programs,” Aoun wrote. “Through our proposed alliance, we […]
June 18, 2021
University of Kansas Chooses Not to Implement Dismissal Policy
University of Kansas will not use a criticized policy that would have made it easier to suspend tenure protections, according to the Associated Press. Chancellor Douglas Girod told the Kansas Board of Regents he was confident the school will not have to suspend tenure in response to financial concerns. Last week, he said that the […]
June 18, 2021
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