CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — As the third president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Francis Amasa Walker helped usher the school into national prominence in the late 1800s.
But another part of his legacy has received renewed attention amid the nation's reckoning with racial justice: his role in shaping the nation’s hardline policies toward Native Americans as a former head of the U.S.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard, already the nation's wealthiest university, grew its endowment to more than $53 billion in the latest fiscal year, the Ivy League school reported in its annual financial report released Thursday.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Total enrollment at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities has declined to the lowest level in decades, according to data released Monday.
Hong Kong Metropolitan University latest to introduce compulsory national security course on ‘common core values’ of good citizens
Hong Kong Metropolitan University " previously the Open University " is the latest higher education institution to introduce a compulsory course covering the national security law imposed by Beijing last year.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The trustees of the Vermont State College System have approved renaming three of the schools Vermont State University.
The board unanimously approved the unifying name for Vermont Technical College, Castleton University and Northern Vermont University on Wednesday, despite opposition from some students, alumni, faculty and community members.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The president of Emporia State University in Kansas was chosen Friday as the next chancellor of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
Allison Garrett, the first woman selected as chancellor, will succeed Glen Johnson, who is retiring Nov.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Women in Afghanistan can continue to study in universities, including at post-graduate levels, but classrooms will be gender-segregated and Islamic dress is compulsory, the Taliban government's new higher education minister said Sunday.
ATLANTA (AP) — Protests from faculty members are still rising in Georgia's public universities, although leaders of Georgia's university system are not backing down from their position that schools can't require masks or vaccines.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson on Thursday urged the Legislature and Gov. Tony Evers to set up a task force to re-examine every aspect of higher education in the state.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Around 150 vendors will be missing when the Minnesota State Fair returns this week from a one-year layoff due to the pandemic.
DENVER (AP) — Denver will mandate all city employees and private sector workers in high-risk settings to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 30, Mayor Michael Hancock announced Monday.
Denver's public health measure applies to more than 10,000 municipal employees like police officers, firefighters, and sheriff’s deputies, the city said in a statement.
An initiative from philanthropists Melinda French Gates, MacKenzie Scott and the family foundation of billionaire Lynn Schusterman awarded $40 million Thursday to four promoting gender equality projects in tech, higher education, caregiving and minority communities.
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.