RENO, Nev. (AP) — The state board of regents approved a merger Friday that will allow University of Nevada, Reno to move ahead with plans to run Sierra Nevada University’s 20-acre campus at Lake Tahoe.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system announced Tuesday that the state's community colleges will forgive $17 million of student debt accumulated during the pandemic.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The nation's only historically Black university system will be searching for a new leader.
The Southern University System in Louisiana announced Friday that its president and chancellor, Ray Belton, will be retiring in the fall.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Fayetteville State University has used pandemic relief funds to clear $1.6 million in tuition debt for nearly 1,500 students.
The Fayetteville Observer reported Sunday that the historically Black school utilized money from the federal legislation that's known as the American Rescue Plan.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A professional architect who has worked in higher education for nearly two decades is the new director of Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture.
Karen Spence began her role at the university on July 1.
The U.S. Education Department on Thursday loosened the rules around a grant program that’s intended to help aspiring teachers pay for college but has actually left thousands stuck with student debt.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani on Wednesday signed an agreement with the state Board of Higher Education to stay on the job for 18 more months, following a harsh performance review.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani on Tuesday was offered 18 more months at the helm, after which he would step down to become a tenured professor, according to terms of the contract.
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) — A northern Kentucky city will get $1 million to help open a facility for struggling young adults.
Gov. Andy Beshear announced the grant for Highland Heights on Monday during a visit to the city, his office said in a statement.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The head of the flagship University of Arkansas campus announced Thursday that he would step down, citing the challenge of leading the school in “today's polarized society."
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's college administrators will start receiving training this summer on new requirements for how sexual misconduct claims must be handled and what safety measures must be enacted, the state's higher education chief said Wednesday.
CHICAGO (AP) — Two Chicago educational institutions have received donations from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, the largest gifts from a single person in their histories, officials said Tuesday.
Kennedy-King College, a branch of City Colleges of Chicago, was given $5 million by Scott.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Mackenzie Scott, the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, on Tuesday donated $40 million each to two state universities in Florida that have a history of promoting social mobility and educating students from communities traditionally underserved by higher education, and made a $30 million gift to a community college in South Florida.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana legislators scrambled in the final days of their session to make decisions on spending the state’s $3 billion share of the $350 billion in federal coronavirus relief money approved this year for state and local governments.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Requirements for high school seniors to receive West Virginia's Promise Scholarship have been reduced.
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Salve Regina University is the latest college in Rhode Island to announce that it will require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus next fall.
The Catholic school in Newport announced Tuesday that all students, faculty and staff will be required to submit proof of vaccination to the school no later than Aug.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State higher education officials have approved a new three-year contract for Community College of Rhode Island President Meghan Hughes despite opposition from the faculty union, which said it feels “disrespected” by her administration.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A group of anonymous alumni has gifted $550 million to Western Michigan University.
The school in Kalamazoo will receive the funding over 10 years. It will be divided among scholarships, investing in quality educators, advancing medical research and education, and bolstering Western Michigan athletics.
Hong Kong higher education in ‘rather good health’ despite protests, national security law: British rankings firm
Four Hong Kong universities have dropped in the latest worldwide rankings, with only Chinese University (CUHK) and Polytechnic University (PolyU) rising in the league table, but researchers said the city's higher education remained in "rather good health".
TSAILE, Ariz. (AP) — A college on the Navajo Nation has accepted President Joe Biden's challenge to get students and others vaccinated against COVID-19 by July 4.
Diné College Incident Command Director Velveena Davis said COVID-19 remains a threat to the Navajo Nation, “so the college would like to do its part to expand the efforts of having our employees and students vaccinated.”
The Virginia Military Institute has tolerated and failed to address institutional racism and sexism and must be held accountable for making changes, according to a state-sanctioned report released Tuesday.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge temporarily blocked on Friday a new law allowing firearms to be carried on public university campuses in Montana.
The law passed earlier this year would have gone into effect June 1.
DENVER (AP) — Public colleges and universities in Colorado are no longer required to consider SAT or ACT scores for first-time freshmen during the admissions process under a newly signed law, officials said.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill Tuesday making the state a leader in the nationwide effort to ban legacy admissions at public colleges and universities.
Prateek Dutta, Colorado Policy Director for Democrats for Education Reform, who brought the bill idea to state lawmakers, said Colorado is the first state he has found to have enacted such a law.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Former members of the Board of Regents, a former commissioner of higher education and others are asking the Montana Supreme Court if four new laws passed by the Legislature infringe on the board's constitutional authority to set policy on state campuses.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Broadband, K-12 and higher education, local infrastructure and targeted businesses would be among the greatest beneficiaries in Gov. Roy Cooper's proposals unveiled Wednesday on how to spend $5.7 billion in federal COVID-19 aid recently approved by Congress.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The board that oversees Montana’s university system voted unanimously Wednesday to file a lawsuit against the state seeking a ruling over whether the state Legislature or the Board of Regents has the constitutional authority to regulate the possession of guns on campuses.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Business leaders on Monday protested House-passed cuts in funding to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Wayne State University, saying the research schools are key to the state's economic competitiveness.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Visitors to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios-Orlando were allowed Saturday to remove their masks when outdoors, except when on attractions, in line or riding transportation.
At a convention on the future of learning in 2019, a handful of voices stood out to Philomena Mantella.
The newly appointed president of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, had used the week of her inauguration to bring together philanthropists, educators and advocates to discuss innovation in higher education.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — University of Connecticut President Thomas Katsouleas has submitted his resignation from the position, effective at the end of next month.
Katsouleas announced the decision March 13 in a letter to Dan Toscano, the chairman of the school's Board of Trustees, saying he was stepping down for, “reasons we have discussed at length over time.” He did not elaborate on what those reasons were.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Terrence Cheng, an only child of Taiwanese immigrants who rose in the academic world to become director of the University of Connecticut's Stamford campus, was appointed Friday as the next president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former federal consumer watchdog and Democratic nominee for Ohio governor has landed his next job.
The U.S. Department of Education announced Monday that Richard Cordray has been selected as its chief operating officer of federal student aid.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State University will require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations this fall for students and employees.
University President Kirk Schulz made the announcement Wednesday, The Spokesman-Review reported.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education voted Wednesday to advance a plan to merge six of its 14 universities into two new institutions, as the system struggles with sinking enrollment and stagnant state aid.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration wants to make a $1.8 trillion down payment on the future of children, families and higher education, saying it would produce lasting benefits for the economy.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's parliament on Tuesday voted to transfer state assets worth billions of dollars into foundations that will control many of the country's public universities and cultural institutions, a move opposition figures have decried as a theft of public funds.
NEW YORK (AP) — Billionaire philanthropist George Soros has committed $500 million to a private liberal arts college in New York, which the school called a “transformational” gift that would be among the largest ever given to higher education in the United States.
BOSTON (AP) — President Joe Biden should help those struggling under crushing student loan debt by immediately canceling up to $50,000 of debt for federal student loan borrowers, Democratic elected officials said Thursday.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Every baby born in Nebraska in 2020 will get a $50 donation in April to help cover future in-state educational expenses, state officials announced Tuesday.
State Treasurer John Murante said eligible families will receive a letter announcing their qualification in the state's Meadowlark Program.
O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — An estimated 880,000 Missourians became eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination Monday under Phase 2 of the state’s vaccine rollout plan.
The new phase includes additional categories of essential workers, homeless people, faculty and staff at higher education institutions and “disproportionally affected populations” such as racial and ethnic minorities.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire have introduced a bill that would assist rural students in reaching their higher education goals and connect them with employment opportunities in their hometowns.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A university in Utah voted Thursday to begin process that could involve dropping the name Dixie — a regional term many consider offensive because of its association with the Deep South and slavery.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's top higher education policymaking board pledged Wednesday to tighten oversight and enforcement of college policies against sexual misconduct, in response to a report detailing widespread failures in Louisiana State University's handling of student allegations of abuse.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's governor says the state is offering free help to students and their families to apply for college financial aid.
Gov. Ralph Northam's office said in a statement Monday that the coronavirus pandemic has lead to a decline in completion rates of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Republican-led effort promoting ideological diversity on college campuses won approval Thursday in the Florida House after sparking debate over intellectual freedom, free speech and liberal bias in the state's public institutions of higher education.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers gave final passage Wednesday to a measure to pay $577 million over 10 years to settle a federal lawsuit alleging discrimination and underfunding at the state's four historically Black colleges and universities.
Yankton Press & Dakotan. March 16, 2021.
Editorial: South Dakota Regents Plot A Path Back To Normal
Without question, there is still a ways to go before we can truly say we’ve conquered COVID-19, but at least contemplating a return to the way life used to be, if even only somewhat, is not only uplifting but also essential.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Board of Regents says the state's six public universities and two special schools are planning for a return to more normal operations this fall.
“Our goal is to return campus life this fall to a setting that looks much like it was before the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Brian L.