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    Republican state senators in Tennessee are urging administrators at public universities in the state to punish athletes who participate in kneeling protests during the national anthem before games.  In a letter addressed to several college chancellors and presidents across the state, the GOP legislators cited "recent news reports" in asking that the officials adopt policies within their respective athletic departments to "prohibit such actions moving forward."  Earlier this month, members of the East Tennessee University men's basketball team knelt during "The Star-Spangled Banner" before a game in what players said was a demonstration of solidarity against racism.  As conservatives across the country have done since former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick first knelt before NFL games, the Republican lawmakers in Tennessee said the protests are disrespectful and demanded they stop, as reported by Knoxville CBS station WVLT. “While we recognize our student athletes may express their own views on a variety of issues in their...
    Tennessee lawmakers on Monday sent a letter to each of the state’s nine public Division I universities, encouraging them to enact policies to prohibit athletes from kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. Each of the state’s 27 Republican senators, including Lt. Gov. Randall McNally, signed their approval of the notion in the letter, which was addressed to the universities’ respective chancellors and presidents. The move seems to be a direct response to the East Tennessee State University men’s basketball team, whose players knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner” in a Feb. 16 game against Tennessee-Chattanooga. The practice of kneeling during the national anthem has become commonplace in recent years after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick popularized the action. Athletes of all levels have used their platform to peacefully protest issues of police brutality, systemic racism and racial injustice. Tennessee Republican senators, however, described the practice...
    Tennessee Republicans on Monday put universities in the state on notice after the East Tennessee State University (ETSU) men’s basketball team knelt during the national anthem last week. Tennessee Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and 26 state senators signed the letter addressed to ETSU, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Tennessee-Martin, Middle Tennessee State, East Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, University of Tennessee, Memphis and Austin Peay. All schools mentioned have NCAA Division I men’s and women’s basketball programs. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "The National Anthem is a symbol of pride for America," the letter read. "It lifts our spirits toward the ideals upon which our great country was founded: that all are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." The senators added: "During athletic competitions, our student athletes represent not only themselves, but also our universities and all the citizens...
    All 27 Republican members of the Tennessee Senate have signed a letter to the state's public university system telling officials to prohibit students from kneeling during the national anthem, after a men's basketball team did so last week.  East Tennessee State University's basketball team provoked uproar on February 16, when, prior to a game at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, they collectively dropped to one knee as The Star Spangled Banner began playing.  The team's coach, Jason Shay, has since insisted that his players didn't intend to disrespect the nation's flag or members of the US military, and were instead attempting to prompt discourse about racial injustice. However, the demonstration did not sit will with Republican lawmakers in the state, who have repeatedly voiced their outrage over the players' act of peaceful protest in various meetings, television interviews and in social media posts in the days since. The unrest...
    By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — A proposal in the Arizona House would revive a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Mark Brnovich against the board that oversees state universities over what he calls overly high tuition after the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Brnovich had no right to sue. Brnovich is backing the proposal from Rep. Jacqueline Parker, HB2841, approved Thursday by Republicans on the House Government and Elections Committee. Democrats opposed the move. Brnovich sued the Arizona Board of Regents in 2017, saying the three state universities had raised tuition so much that they were violating a provision of the state constitution that they be “as nearly free as possible.” But lower courts dismissed the case, pointing to a 1960 Supreme Court case that found the attorney general could not sue a state agency on his own over an alleged constitutional violation. Brnovich argued that old case should...
    DOJ announces charges against North Korean hacker spies accused of stealing more than $1.3 billion in cash and cryptocurrency Kamala Harris calls for teachers to get COVID vaccine priority The spread of COVID-19 in the United States has slowed quickly in the past three weeks. After days when the number of cases rose by over 200,000 and death counts by 4,000, U.S. confirmed cases have reached 27,965,785. Fatal cases total 491,096. Because of variants that may spread faster or be more deadly, and a slow vaccination process, the worry remains that 600,000 people in America could be dead of the disease by summer. COVID-19's spread has been particularly aggressive at some colleges and universities. Campuses have been described as ideal superspreader locations. A recent article on colleges as superspreaders in Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering said, "... our findings suggest that college campuses present a risk to...
    The Republican Study Committee (RSC) called out the “weaknesses” of the Biden administration’s policy towards communist China this week, in part, by exposing the ties between several political appointees, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Beijing. Ahead of the push, Breitbart News’ Matt Boyle exclusively learned from RSC Chairman Jim Banks (R-IN) that the panel is launching a legislative blitz starting Tuesday against Biden to expose his weaknesses in combating the threat posed by China. A six-page memo issued by the RSC suggested that the link between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, a long-time Biden confidant now charged with carrying out the U.S. foreign policy agenda, may prompt a conflict of interest when it comes to confronting China. In describing the links between several Biden picks for influential political positions and China, the RSC chaired by Rep. Banks noted in its memo: Blinken was the...
    BALTIMORE (AP/WJZ) — Several historically Black colleges and universities will receive more than $650,000 in grants to preserve their campuses as part of a new initiative announced Tuesday. The funding for the HBCUs comes as leaders of the colleges and universities continue to advocate for additional funding nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, which has threatened the survival of many already chronically underfunded schools. Details about the initiative were shared with The Associated Press ahead of the announcement. RELATED: Firefighter Injured Battling House Fire In Annapolis, Officials Say HBCUs have long been underfunded as a result of decades of structural racism and lack of equitable public funding, said Brent Leggs, executive director of the National Trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, which is supplying the grants. “They stand as a living testament to African American history and the ongoing achievements of highly influential Americans,” he said. “But they...
    A Republican state senator has introduced a bill that would require the state's Board of Regents to survey all employees at the main public universities to determine their political party affiliation. Senator Jim Carlin did not offer an explanation for his bill, but it comes after accusations that Iowa's public universities repressed the free speech of conservative students. The order would cover all employees at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa. The bill, introduced this week, would require the survey to hide the personal identity of the respondents but would separate the results out by job classification. Senator Jim Carlin (above) did not offer an explanation for his bill, but it comes after accusations that Iowa's public universities repressed the free speech of conservative students RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Jaguars hire former Iowa assistant Chris Doyle eight...
    An Iowa state senator has introduced legislation that would eliminate tenure at the state’s public universities. Iowa Sen. Bradley Zaun argues that “I don’t think anyone in our universities should be guaranteed a job.” Bradley Zaun (R) has proposed “an Act prohibiting tenure systems at public post secondary educational institutions, and including applicability provisions.” In a recent interview with Iowa radio host Jeff Angelo, Zaun briefly discussed his views on the matter. “I don’t think anyone in our universities should be guaranteed a job,” said the state senator, who went on to suggest that employees of public universities should be treated the same way employees are treated in the private sector with regards to retaining their jobs. “What happens in our private sector should be applied to our universities as well,” said Zaun. The state senator also criticized sabbaticals that take the professor away from the classroom, as well as the...
    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A proposal from South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to send $50 million towards a needs-based scholarship endowment cleared its first test in the Legislature Monday. South Dakota is the only state without a significant scholarship endowment for low-income students, but Noem is trying to create a $200 million fund by combining the state funds with $150 million from private donors. Lawmakers have an extraordinary amount of one-time funds after the state offset pandemic-related expenses with federal relief money. The governor's chief of staff, Tony Venhuizen, described the scholarship allotment as an “investment” that would benefit the state's students long into the future. Barry Dunn, the president of South Dakota State University, said the university has seen declines in students who receive need-based federal grants as those grants fail to keep up with tuition increases. He connected the drop-off to the declining rates of enrolment at state...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Scientists from three public universities in Arizona have joined together to analyze test samples and detect COVID-19 mutations, officials said. COVID-19 mutations have been occurring with several variants already identified, including one first detected in the United Kingdom that is seemingly more contagious, KTAR-FM reported Friday. More than 600 cases of the variant have been identified in the United States. Now, University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University are working to analyze samples for genetic anomalies. “The concern, of course, is you get one of these mutations that take hold and there’s no vaccine that can protect you,” University of Arizona president Robert Robbins said. Scientists at Arizona State University helped detect the U.K. variant in Arizona last week. “If we allow this virus to continue to evolve into the human species at scale, we will get mutations for which there is no defense,”...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — A number of Maryland colleges and universities could get millions of dollars for capital projects and economic development, Gov. Larry Hogan’s office said Monday. The $34 million in funding comes from bond payments the state got from a July 2020 bond sale. It will become available once the Fiscal Year 2022 budget is passed, officials said. Of the total, $21.2 million is slated for maintenance projects within the University System of Maryland, while another $6.8 million will go to facility renewal projects at 16 community colleges in the state. Morgan State University and St. Mary’s College of Maryland will get $2 million and $1 million, respectively. Another $3 million will go toward capital grants for projects from the Department of Housing and Community Development. “As we continue on our road to recovery, these investments in higher education and economic development are just one more way we...
    The Trump administration is attempting another push to scrutinize the influence of the Chinese government on U.S. schools. Axios reported Monday the administration is trying to push through a final rule that would require K-12 schools and universities with foreign exchange programs to reveal any contracts, partnership,s or financial arrangements with Confucius Institutes or classrooms. Schools that do not report the required information would be denied certification for their exchange program. “This lack of reporting makes it impossible for the U.S. government to discern the level of potential influence of China on the U.S. educational system,” a senior DHS official said, according to the report. The Washington Free Beacon reported Monday, as well, federal documents reveal that, over a period of six years, Chinese entities linked to the military, cyber attacks, and espionage, directed at least $88 million to U.S. colleges and universities. According to the report: Institutions controlled by...
    (CNN)In just less than two weeks, the US recorded its five deadliest days since the Covid-19 pandemic's start -- with more than 4,000 virus-related deaths reported Thursday.The nation's total Covid-19 death toll has now climbed to more than 365,200, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. And another nearly 115,000 people could lose their life over the next four weeks, according to projections from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Every 8 minutes, someone in Los Angeles County dies from Covid-19In other words, the pandemic is not yet showing any signs of slowing down. Rather, across the country, states are reporting an increase in numbers. California reported more than 1,000 Covid-19 deaths in just two days and hospitalizations are at record-high levels, with nearly 23,000 patients admitted with the virus. In Los Angeles County, one person now dies of Covid-19 every eight minutes. Read MoreArizona's top...
    A car carries a message from University of Maryland students trying to get out of their apartment leases. This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Hundreds of students who have been stuck in housing leases at Maryland’s public universities for the last four months may finally see a resolution within the next week. The University of Maryland College Park is planning to sign an agreement with the Maryland Economic Development Corporation to release students from their leases “within the week,” Carlo Colella, the vice president for Administration and Finance at the university told state lawmakers Thursday. Officials are currently “sandpapering” the edges of the agreement, Colella said. MEDCO is a quasi-governmental economic development agency that owns student housing at several University System of Maryland campuses. But as the COVID-19 pandemic upended many schools’ plans for on-campus learning,...
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The six state universities in Kansas will not raise on-campus housing and dining fees next year, despite increased costs and having fewer students because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Kansas Board of Regents voted Wednesday to keep the fees flat after university officials told them the schools need to keep the cost of attendance affordable, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Housing officials also hope to attract more students to living in residence halls to offset higher costs related to the pandemic. Average costs for double-occupancy rooms with limited dining options will remain at $9,156 at Emporia State, $8,182 at Fort Hays State, $9,480 at Kansas State, $9,700 at the University of Kansas, $7,956 at Pittsburg State and $11,180 at Wichita State. The board also voted to align the universities’ spring breaks with the state’s K-12 school system, to create consistency and make dual enrollment easier for high...
    One of California's leading educators is stepping down at the end of the month.Dr. Timothy White, chancellor of the California State University system, is retiring but he stayed longer than he planned to adapt education at the nation's largest public university system to the pandemic.White was stepping down after eight years as chancellor, then the pandemic hit. He delayed retirement to oversee 23 universities convert to online learning."As the spring emerged with the pandemic hitting the world and the university and getting instruction in the virtual space almost overnight, we flipped 72,000 courses in the course of about (one week's) time back in March."In May, on Eyewitness Newsmakers, White joined the leaders of the U.C.'s and the community colleges when he announced that remote learning would continue at all CSU's the next school year."We believe it will provide the greatest access for the greatest amount of students in the greatest...
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Academic programs at all of Kentucky's public universities are being evaluated to see how they align with student demand and employer needs, officials said Monday. The new data-driven assessment is aimed at helping the schools gauge economic conditions and improve programs so students will succeed in a changing marketplace, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education said in a statement. The council said consulting and analytics firm Gray Associates will conduct the review on every baccalaureate program at each of the state's eight public universities. Schools can use the results to determine if changes are needed. Academic programs at public colleges and universities have been reviewed by the council for more than 20 years, but the process has taken different forms. Officials hope the new assessment will help institutions prioritize programs that best prepare students for workforce opportunities and a meaningful civic life, Council on Postsecondary Education...
    By The Associated Press Here are excerpts of editorials published in Illinois newspapers. November 14, 2020 Sauk Valley Media Voters deserve a reasonable and moderate approach from the government and its leaders The new wave of COVID-19 mitigation that threatens a second state closure has left many Illinoisans feeling like their concerns aren’t being listened to. Meanwhile, small merchants such as restaurants, bars and salons are wondering who is looking out to protect their employees and the future of their businesses. Many can point to a lack of cooperation and information at the state and federal levels. The frustration is clear. Just look at the results of the Nov. 3 general election, from a state resolution to change how we are taxed, to congressional candidates barely eking out wins, to a local county leader losing his position, voters made a point. Consider: U.S. Reps. Cheri Bustos and Lauren Underwood won...
    TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — Many of the colleges and universities in Maryland are pivoting back to virtual learning, ramping up testing or sending students home until the surge in COVID-19 cases is under control. Gov. Larry Hogan gave college students a warning as the holiday season approaches, to get tested especially if you have been living away from your family. “If you’re a college student planning on returning home, get a test,” he said. “If you are planning to spend any time around your grandparents, get a test. If you are returning from any out-of-state travel, get a test.” Students from Towson University said they have all kinds of concerns about the public health crisis. Even though schooling has been mainly virtual, many are worried about being home too. “Things being online, uncertainty about school housing, uncertainty at home, the virus the pandemic it’s hard to balance everything,” sophomore Nick...
    A pedestrian crosses a typically busy intersection on the campus of Arizona State University on September 1, 2020, in Tempe, Arizona. AP Photo/Matt York The Institute of International Education released its survey on international student enrollment on Monday, in which it found new international student enrollment at US universities online or in person have decreased by 43% this year.  The survey of more than 700 schools found that total enrollment among new and returning international students fell by 16% in 2020. Schools that faced big losses in international enrollment include Michigan State University, University of Texas, Arizona State University, and Ohio State University, the Associated Press reported. Melanie Gottlieb, deputy director at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, told Insider a "perfect storm of issues" is to blame. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. New international student enrollment at US universities online or in...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An increasing number of universities in Wisconsin are telling students heading home for Thanksgiving not to return for the rest of the semester. Three University of Wisconsin System schools, Eau Claire, Stout and River Falls, are the latest campuses to go virtual through the holidays. Students will taken final exams remotely and return to campus for the spring semester. UW-Madison and a number of private schools, including Marquette, St. Norbert and Carroll, have already made similar plans, the Journal Sentinel reported. University leaders are concerned that students heading home will expose themselves to people they haven’t been around for weeks or months, and then return to campus, potentially bringing the virus with them. The state Department of Health Services reported a record 7,497 new confirmed cases on Thursday, shattering the old record of 7,065 set just five days ago on Saturday. The department reported the disease...
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Universities in South Dakota are encouraging their students to get tested for COVID-19 before returning home for Thanksgiving to help curb the spread of the virus. South Dakota State University in Brookings and the University of South Dakota in Vermillion are offering free tests. South Dakota Department of Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon said that the majority of recent COVID-19 spread has been among smaller gatherings of family members and friends, the Argus Leader reported. “Protect your loved ones,” a South Dakota State email to students said. “You may not show symptoms but that does not mean you cannot spread the virus to a parent, grandparent or other family member who is considered a higher risk category for illness from the virus.” South Dakota Board of Regents spokeswoman Janelle Toman said testing at the state’s universities has been handled at the campus level because circumstances can...
    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – First colleges canceled fall break, now spring break is on the chopping block. Many universities in our area are altering the spring calendar to discourage travel and the chances of COVID-19 spread. As CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reports, scenes from spring break 2020 set off alarms as the coronavirus pandemic first gripped the nation. Revelers brought the virus back to campuses and communities. RELATED: Cuomo Blasts ‘Reckless’ Spring Breakers Seen Partying In Florida Now some colleges in New York are ensuring that doesn’t happen here. They’ve canceled spring break. Among them is Hofstra University. “We felt building in a break where students leave and travel increased the chances they will be somewhere of a super spreader state,” said Dr. Herman Berliner, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Hofstra. “And for safety concerns the spring break really needed to go.” In its place, five separate...
            by J.D. Davidson  At a time when public and private colleges and universities continue to reiterate their growing financial concerns, a disregard of donor intent is chopping away at public trust, according to an Ohio group. The Buckeye Institute, a Columbus-based think tank, pointed to a multi-million dollar gift to The Ohio State University’s law school as an example of schools paying for fundraising activities and salaries from original donations, rather than following the intent of alumni. “Too many colleges and universities have created environments in which hidden management fees, poor rates of return and a callous disregard for donor intent are common and have eroded the trust and philanthropic goodwill of some of America’s most generous patrons,” wrote Robert Alt, president and CEO of The Buckeye Institute. Alt joined with Cully Stimson, senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, on an op-ed in The Daily...
    Pennsylvania House lawmakers expressed wariness over a cost-saving measure to consolidate six state-run universities into two. The plan focuses on combining administration, academics, faculty and staff at Bloomsburg, Lock Haven and Mansfield universities in the north and California, Clarion and Edinboro universities in the west. The integrated schools would also share budgets and operate as single accredited institutions, but the individual campuses would stay open. The integration is part of a larger $100 million redesign of the 14 universities operated by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. In June, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill that gives PASSHE's board the authority to reshape the system in the face of declining enrollment. But lawmakers on Monday worried about the economic impacts of the plan – such as how the integrated campuses might siphon enrollment from the stand-alone institutions and what it might mean for the surrounding communities....
    The U.S. Army has teamed up with experts from academia to develop a 3D-printed device carried on drones that can detect potentially lethal aerosols. Researchers say the technology behind the miniaturized holography instrument will give soldiers greater awareness of the areas they're operating in and could help identify threats, such as biological warfare agents. “The instrument, called the Holographic Aerosol Particle Imager, or HAPI, has the unique ability to image multiple particles freely entering its sensing volume from any direction via a single measurement,” explains the Army, in a statement. “Using digital holography, the instrument obtains the images in a non-contact manner, resolving particles larger than ten micrometers in size in a sensing volume of approximately three cubic centimeters.” The HAPI is constructed from 3D-printed polymer structures, ensuring that it's small and light enough to be carried on a “commercial grade” drone, according to the Army. The technology is already being used to assess aerosols...
    CALIFORNIA, Pa. (KDKA) – After a unanimous vote of “yes” from the State System of Higher Education Board, plans are moving forward to integrate three universities on the western side of the state into one. Those schools include Edinboro, Clarion and California University of Pennsylvania. “We have a can do attitude. We serve many first-generation students, our faculty and staff are extremely dedicated to our students. This will ensure top quality education in Western PA for generations to come,” said Dr. Dale Pehrsson, who’s the Clarion University President. Photo Credit: Clarion University/Facebook Pehrsson said the goal is to have one university with three campuses, which is a cost saving move by the State System of Higher Education. “We’ve been cutting and cutting to try to be efficient and we are at the point if we cut anymore we are going to lose our programs,” Pehrsson said. She told KDKA coming...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Three universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education could merge into a single school soon. California University of Pennsylvania, Clarion University, and Edinboro University are the schools that could be combined, the board voted yesterday. The stated goal for merging these schools is to make the state system more stable financially. The next step is the universities working on how they would form a single university with the same leadership, faculty, and budget. It’s expected to be a long process and wouldn’t take effect until at least the fall of 2022.
    MADISON, WISCONSIN - Colleges across the country are struggling to salvage the fall semester amid skyrocketing coronavirus cases, dorm complexes and frat houses under quarantine, and flaring tensions with local community leaders over the spread of the disease. Many major universities are determined to forge ahead despite warning signs, as evidenced by the expanding slate of college football games occurring Saturday. The football-obsessed Southeastern Conference began its season with fans in stadiums. Several teams in other leagues have had to postpone games because of outbreaks among players and staff. Institutions across the nation saw spikes of thousands of cases days after opening their doors in the last month, driven by students socializing with little or no social distancing. School and community leaders have tried to rein in the virus by closing bars, suspending students, adding mask requirements, and toggling between in-person and online instruction as case numbers rise and...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appears to be angling for the eat, drink and be merry vote with Thursday announcements that the state will preempt local governments from imposing pandemic restrictions on restaurants and he will propose a bill of rights for college students to party. “I understand universities are trying to do the right thing,” DeSantis said during a two-hour Tallahassee roundtable, referencing crackdowns on social gatherings at universities where COVID-19 infections are spiking since campuses reopened last month. “But I personally think it’s dramatically draconian that a student could get potentially expelled for going to a party. That’s what college kids do, and they’re at low-risk, and I just think we’ve got to be reasonable about this and really focus on where the most significant risk is.” Among notable incidents, 11 Florida State University students were arrested and suspended after attending a party without face masks in...
    A new analysis of public university funding data is poking holes in decades-long conventional wisdom which posits that states have routinely and regularly divested from public institutions of higher education. The study, conducted and published by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, used four decades of publicly available state investment data to find that, on average, states have maintained or slightly increased investment in their universities. Investment typically dipped during hard economic times and rebounded to exceed previous levels when the economy bounced back. “The story over time is that not only do we recover from those recessions, but in the years where we don’t have an economic boom or bust, we’re increasing funding in those years,” Andrew Gillen, lead researchers and author of the study, said. Gillen’s work looked at trends in both state funding and tuition revenue streams for public universities from 1980 to 2019. The...
    Iowa universities should increase COVID-19 testing to help slow the spread of the virus, the White House said in a report released Tuesday afternoon. The state of Iowa reported 5,472 new cases last week, up 15% from the prior week. There were 173 new cases per 100,000 people in the state, the seventh-highest in the country. WHITE HOUSE RECOMMENDS IOWA CLOSE BARS AS STATE SEES NATION'S HIGHEST CORONAVIRUS CASE RATE Universities should dramatically increase testing to “quickly find and quarantine on-campus cases and prevent spread in surrounding community,” the White House. Polk County, Johnson County and Story County, which are home to some of the state’s colleges and universities, had a combined 30.4% of new cases. New infections surged as students returned to campus in late August and early September. Johnson County is home to the 33,300-student University of Iowa, while Story County is home to the 36,200-student Iowa State University....
    (CNN)The University of California improperly admitted dozens of students based on their personal or family connections to donors and university staff, the state auditor announced Tuesday.The audit conducted on the University of California's admissions process found UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego, and UC Santa Barbara unfairly admitted a total of 64 applicants between 2013 and 2019. "By admitting 64 noncompetitive applicants, the university undermined the fairness and integrity of its admissions process and deprived more qualified students of the opportunity for admission," California State Auditor Elaine Howle said in a statement. "The university has also failed to ensure that campuses fairly and consistently treat the thousands of prospective students who apply each year."In response to the audit, University of California President Michael Drake said the university system is "committed to safeguarding the integrity of its admissions practices" and will take prompt action to address the issues raised in auditor's...
    More than a dozen universities around the US have already canceled next year's spring break in an effort to limit reckless party trips from spawning coronavirus outbreaks.   University of Michigan, Purdue, Ohio State, University of Florida and Carnegie Mellon are among the growing list of schools that have already changed their 2021 schedules to eliminate the week-long break midway though the spring semester.   The changes came after dozens of students were suspected of bringing coronavirus back to campus following ill-advised spring break getaways as the pandemic took hold in March and April.  While administrators look for creative solutions to avoid the same trend next spring, a number of schools are already struggling to contain campus outbreaks as students continue to defy restrictions on social gatherings.   More than a dozen universities around the US have already canceled next year's spring break in an effort to limit reckless party trips from...
    NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Connecticut’s four state universities have canceled spring break due to the pandemic. A modified spring calendar is in effect at Central Connecticut State University, Southern Connecticut State University, Western Connecticut State University, and Eastern Connecticut State University. RELATED STORY: Nearly 300 Students In UConn Dormitory Under Quarantine The spring semester at those four schools will begin on Jan. 26, one week later than originally scheduled. You can get the latest news, sports and weather on our brand new CBS New York app. Download here.
    State universities in Connecticut will be calling off spring break due to concerns about spreading or contracting COVID-19. A spokesperson for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system announced this week that spring break - originally scheduled between March 15 and Sunday, March 21 has been called off due to the pandemic. Schools impacted include Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, and Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic. Instead, those universities will use a modified spring calendar that will include a delayed start and a longer winter break for students. Other schools and universities in Connecticut have also announced altered calendars, while others will stay the course with their original plans, barring an outbreak of COVID-19. “Due to the pandemic, the governing board overseeing Connecticut’s (four) state universities has decided to postpone the start of...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is nearing 200,000 dead in the United States. Some public health experts fear infections could spike this fall and winter, perhaps even doubling the death count by the end of the year.Meantime, spring break at Connecticut's four state universities was canceled and several public schools around the state were closed Monday because of the resurgence of the coronavirus.Leigh Appleby, a spokesman for the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system, said Monday that spring break, originally scheduled for March 15 to March 21, has been canceled at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Western Connecticut State University in Danbury and Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic.The start date for the spring semester at the four universities has also been pushed back one week later to Jan. 26.What to know about coronavirus:Back to...
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Spring break at Connecticut's four state universities was canceled and several public schools around the state were closed Monday because of the resurgence of the coronavirus. Leigh Appleby, a spokesman for the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system, said Monday that spring break, originally scheduled for March 15 to March 21, has been canceled at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Western Connecticut State University in Danbury and Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic. The start date for the spring semester at the four universities has also been pushed back one week later to Jan. 26. CCSU President Zulma Toro said in an announcement to students that the changes will “help ensure the health and safety of our campuses.” “At this time, we are developing our plans for next semester and our intent is to continue the combination...
    (CNN)We shouldn't be surprised that every day seems to bring new reports about another college or university experiencing an outbreak of coronavirus and students having to be sent home. College students are of an age where they -- or their dorm mates -- are likely to be unable, or unwilling, to practice social distancing on campus. Most American colleges and universities spent much of the spring and summer trying to determine a strategy for returning to school in the fall. Some, like the California State University system (CSU), made the decision to move to online fall classes last spring. As the school year approached, several of the wealthier private schools, like the one where I teach scaled back their plans for in-person teaching and on-campus housing, but many schools were stuck in a double bind of financial and political concerns. The financial aspect is pretty straightforward. Colleges and universities needed...
    DENVER (CBS4) – U.S. News & World Report released its 2021 list of best colleges and universities with two Colorado institutions named in the top 100. The University of Denver was ranked 80th and Colorado School of Mines came in 88th out of about 400 national universities. University of Denver (credit: CBS) Colorado University Rankings From U.S. News & World Report:  80: University of Denver, $53,775 tuition 88: Colorado School of Mines, $39,800 out-of-state, $19,100 in-state tuition 103: University of Colorado Boulder, $38,284 out-of-state, $12,466 in-state tuition 153: Colorado State University, $31,540 out-of-state, $12,260 in-state tuition 217: Regis University, $32,005 out-of-state, $11,395 in-state tuition The University of Denver moved up 17 rankings from last year’s report. DU is one of three universities previously ranked among the country’s top 100 colleges by by U.S. News & World Report to experience double-digit gains in 2021....
    The nation’s largest public university system will continue with primarily online instruction for the remainder of the academic year amid the state’s ongoing coronavirus crisis, California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White announced in a letter to students, faculty and staff Thursday. White said he had consulted extensively with campus presidents and considered the state of the pandemic in California and university operations. “The disease continues to spread,” he said. “While the current mitigation factors do make a difference, in the absence of a vaccine and of sufficient, cost-effective, timely testing and contact-tracing infrastructure, we are not able to return to a normal, principally in-person schedule in January 2021.” There will be some limited exceptions for classes that cannot be delivered remotely. On-campus housing will also be reduced. White said the decision would enable faculty, students and families to plan for the next term, as it had for the fall....
    Senior Chinese diplomats based in the US will now be required to seek permission before meeting with local government officials or visiting university campuses, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday, the latest back-and-forth retaliatory action between the State Department and China’s foreign ministry amid worsening US-China relations. “These new requirements on PRC [People’s Republic of China] diplomats are a direct response to the excessive restraints already placed on our diplomats by the PRC, and they aim to provide further transparency on the practices of the PRC government,” Pompeo said. “Should the PRC eliminate the restrictions imposed on US diplomats, we stand ready to reciprocate.” Last October, the State Department implemented a requirement that Chinese diplomats must inform the State Department of their meetings with colleges or local officials. They were not required to seek permission first, however – a barrier that Pompeo said unfairly burdened American diplomats in...
              Ohio will now mandate public colleges and universities to create non-congregate sheltering space for quarantining coronavirus patients. Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Interim Director Lance Himes issued the order Sunday “to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” alongside Governor Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) relative to COVID-19, non-congregate shelters are “locations where each individual or household has living space that offers some level of privacy, such as hotels, motels, or dormitories.” FEMA entered into an agreement with the state, which in part allows people to apply for the non-congregate sheltering. Under Himes’ order, public colleges and universities must negotiate a mutual aid agreement with their local health board, or the county or state Emergency Management Agencies (EMA). The order assures higher education that it will be immune from civil liability. The ODH calls these...
    SAN ANTONIO – Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this school year looks different than any other and not just for the young kids. It’s forcing many colleges and universities to adapt with unorthodox methods of education. At Trinity University in San Antonio, 49% of classes are completely online, 46% are hybrid and 5% of all classes are conducted face-to-face only. The face-to-face courses are typically reserved for labs and art-based classes. Were off. Day 1 of the Creative Genius First-Year Experience at @Trinity_U! 12 amazing students in class w/ Dr. Heller & I, 3 amazing students via zoom, & a BRILLIANT 1st common lecture by @TULuisMartinez. Gaga, Anzaldúa, Morrison, Curie, & @Eric_Weiner were all highlighted! pic.twitter.com/CEhUL1EfXc— Jacob Tingle (@TingleJK) August 18, 2020 “For the health and safety of students and faculty, classroom occupancy is limited, and physical distancing is being observed at all times — some outdoor learning spaces have been...
    (CNN)A return to campus for the new academic year has colleges and universities struggling to both contain outbreaks of Covid-19 and enforce policies meant to prevent its spread. Across the United States, at least 36 states have reported positive cases at colleges and universities, adding more than 8,700 cases to the country's tally. More than 5.9 million infections have been recorded in the United States, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.Over 1,000 students have tested positive for Covid-19 at University of Alabama since classes resumedSince classes started on August 19, 1,200 students at the University of Alabama have tested positive for the virus, the university system's website showed Saturday. Classes at the University of Dayton will continue online for at least two weeks after the school reported 116 case on Thursday and then another 148 on Friday, according to the university's website.Outbreaks have been identified at four different sororities...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — Florida university officials have started suspending fraternities and punishing students who flout coronavirus-safety measures, as schools grapple with cases of the virus at the beginning of the fall semester. University of Miami President Julio Frenk said students have already been evicted from their dorm rooms and suspensions have been initiated for violations that could potentially put other people at risk of getting sick. “We will not hesitate to enforce disciplinary procedures when measures aimed at protecting university students, faculty and staff are flouted,” said Frenk, whose private university has had 96 coronavirus cases since classes resumed on Aug. 17. Florida State University President John Thrasher on Tuesday said he was “deeply concerned” that clusters of students were defying the university’s health guidelines by holding house parties and participating in large gatherings without wearing face masks or social distancing. One “open house party” held on Sunday led to...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — Florida university officials have started suspending fraternities and punishing students who flout coronavirus-safety measures, as schools grapple with cases of the virus at the beginning of the fall semester. University of Miami President Julio Frenk said students have already been evicted from their dorm rooms and suspensions have been initiated for violations that could potentially put other people at risk of getting sick. “We will not hesitate to enforce disciplinary procedures when measures aimed at protecting university students, faculty and staff are flouted,” said Frenk, whose private university has had 96 coronavirus cases since classes resumed on Aug. 17. Florida State University President John Thrasher on Tuesday said he was “deeply concerned” that clusters of students were defying the university’s health guidelines by holding house parties and participating in large gatherings without wearing face masks or social distancing. One “open house party” held on Sunday led to...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — More than 700 coronavirus cases have been linked to K-12 schools and higher-education institutions over the course of two weeks as students and employees began returning to campuses across the state, according to a Florida Department of Health report made public Monday. The report breaks down the number of cases tied to elementary, middle and high schools, as well as colleges, universities and trade schools. Altogether, 714 people, including students and employees, have tested positive for COVID-19 since Aug. 10, according to the report. The cases reflect a two-week period in which thousands of students throughout the state returned to classrooms or began moving into dorm rooms at colleges and universities. Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran have been resolute in their weeks-long push to reopen K-12 schools and higher-education institutions in Florida, which has been one of the hardest-hit states by the coronavirus pandemic. Campuses...
    Photo via Adobe ImagesMore than 700 coronavirus cases have been linked to K-12 schools and higher-education institutions over the course of two weeks as students and employees began returning to campuses across the state, according to a Florida Department of Health report released Monday. The report breaks down the number of cases tied to elementary, middle and high schools, as well as colleges, universities and trade schools. Altogether, 714 people, including students and employees, have tested positive for COVID-19 since Aug. 10, according to the report. The cases reflect a two-week period in which thousands of students throughout the state returned to classrooms or began moving into dorm rooms at colleges and universities. Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran have been resolute in their weeks-long push to reopen K-12 schools and higher-education institutions in Florida, which has been one of the hardest-hit states by the coronavirus pandemic. Campuses shut...
    Less than a month ago, thousands of out-of-state Cornell students were planning early returns to campus so that they could ride out New York state’s mandatory two-week quarantine in university-provided housing before starting the fall semester. But on July 30, after New York added 10 more states to its growing travel advisory list, the school said it could no longer offer quarantine accommodations. Suddenly, students were scrambling to find their own temporary housing. For those who couldn’t, that left them with only one option: cancel on-campus plans entirely and spend the fall semester learning remotely. Coordinating students’ return to campus during the pandemic is challenging anywhere, though especially for schools in states with stringent quarantine requirements. President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeorge Conway withdrawing from Lincoln Project Kellyanne Conway to leave White House at end of month NFL's Goodell to Kaepernick on protesting: 'I wish we had listened earlier' MORE last week...
    The number of colleges and universities reversing course and returning to remote learning is growing as clusters of students contracting the coronavirus – largely through off-campus social activities – overwhelm school safety plans just days after they return to campuses. [ SEE: The Latest News on the Coronavirus Outbreak ]Notre Dame University, Michigan State University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill all walked back or delayed reopening plans this week after infection rates spiked. "The virus is a formidable foe," Notre Dame's president, the Rev. John Jenkins, said, announcing the suspension of in-person classes for undergraduates until Sept. 2. "For the past week, it has been winning. Let us as the Fighting Irish join together to contain it."Editorial Cartoons on EducationView All 70 ImagesSince classes resumed Aug. 10, Notre Dame has recorded a steady increase in positive rates among students, it reported, mainly among seniors living off-campus. As of Tuesday,...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- As colleges and universities gear up to resume classes, many schools are taking different routes whether it's an all-virtual, hybrid, or full reopen approach.On August 7, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York schools can reopen their doors and bring students into the classrooms for the start of the school year.Citing success in battling the coronavirus in the state that once was the U.S. heart of the pandemic, the governor's decision clears the way for schools to offer at least some days of in-person classes, alongside remote learning.On August 12, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order clearing both public and nonpublic colleges and universities to reopen for the upcoming academic year, as long as social distancing and other protections are strictly adhered to.Murphy said that any student who chooses to continue remote learning must be accommodated.Here are the list of colleges and universities in...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- As colleges and universities gear up to resume classes, many schools are taking different routes whether it's an all-virtual, hybrid, or full reopen approach.On August 7, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York schools can reopen their doors and bring students into the classrooms for the start of the school year.Citing success in battling the coronavirus in the state that once was the U.S. heart of the pandemic, the governor's decision clears the way for schools to offer at least some days of in-person classes, alongside remote learning.On August 12, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order clearing both public and nonpublic colleges and universities to reopen for the upcoming academic year, as long as social distancing and other protections are strictly adhered to.Murphy said that any student who chooses to continue remote learning must be accommodated.Here are the list of colleges and universities in...
    American academic leaders need to take “a hard look” at Chinese state-backed educational programs, State Department officials said while identifying the Confucius Institute U.S. Center as a foreign mission. “The United States wants to ensure that students on U.S. campuses have access to Chinese language and cultural offerings free from the manipulation of the Chinese Communist Party and its proxies,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday. That designation is a victory for lawmakers and China hawks who have denounced the programs over the last two years. The designation stops short of denouncing each individual language-training program in the country, but the branding of the parent entity in Washington, D.C., is the latest example of the State Department branding Chinese entities as nontraditional platforms for Beijing’s attempt to exert influence in the U.S. “We ask that universities take a hard look at what's going on on their...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The University of Southern California released details on Wednesday that classes will resume in the fall with completely online instruction, with some limited exceptions for clinical education. The announcement is a change from what USC officials said last month, which would have had most classes online, classes that were mixed with online and in-person instruction, and 10% to 20% of classes conducted only in-person. School officials said they made the decision to not have any hybrid or solely in-person courses due to the state not yet having formal protocols for universities to reopen. Unfortunately, with the start of classes less than two weeks away on Aug. 17, we do not yet have clearance from the state or county to move forward with classroom instruction,” officials said in a letter to the campus. “Given the delay in receiving the required permission, we have made the difficult decision...
    Several universities are creating scholarships and memorial funds in George Floyd’s memory after he died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. North Central University in Minneapolis was the first to implement a George Floyd scholarship, whose president, Scott Hagan, urged “every university president in the United States to establish your own George Floyd Memorial Scholarship Fund.” Since then, the list of participating colleges has burgeoned to include Pennsylvania State University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Memphis, Ohio University, the University of Utah. Recipients of the scholarships will come from mostly minority backgrounds. The scholarships will also benefit those who plan to major in social justice-related majors, according to Campus Reform. The University of Minnesota Floyd scholarship describes itself as an opportunity for “underrepresented” students: This fund honors George Perry Floyd Jr. and was established to support undergraduate students whose identities are underrepresented at the University of Minnesota, or undergraduate...
    AUSTIN, Texas – A recent study by the New York Times found more that than 6,300 coronavirus cases have been linked to colleges and universities across the U.S. with the highest concentration found at The University of Texas at Austin As of July 28, UT has had 449 cases. Coming in second was the University of Central Florida with 438 cases and the University of Georgia with 390 cases. According to the study, every public four-year college in the country was surveyed, in addition to every private institution that competes in Division I sports or is a member of an elite group of research universities. In total, 270 colleges were found to have cases of COVID-19 tied to the campus via students, administrators, residents, sports teams and in one case, construction workers who were working on the Appalachian State campus in North Carolina. The data shows 16 Texas colleges and...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — Florida’s largest faculty union Monday called on Gov. Ron DeSantis and state education officials to order higher-education institutions to use remote learning through the fall. The push to keep university and college campuses closed during the fall semester, amid concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, adds another pressure point on the Republican governor, who is increasingly facing criticism for how he has reopened the state. United Faculty of Florida President Karen Morian said during a conference call with reporters that faculty members across the state are concerned that the reopening plans of many universities and colleges have “too many common shortcomings” related to the health and safety of students and staff. “We are concerned that the institutional plans were developed six to eight weeks ago, when COVID-19 conditions in Florida were decidedly different than today and that a majority of those plans have not been updated to address...
    After having a virtual meeting with West Virginia colleges and universities, Gov. Jim Justice expressed hesitancy over reopening colleges. Justice said Wednesday he wants to get students back to school, but he will do so only if he can ensure it can be done safely for the students, staff and others in the community. “We’ve got to wait just as long as we possibly can,” Justice said. “And I want those kids back in school, and I know that the kids want to be back in school, and I know that everybody wants them to be back in school. But … there’s no way Jim Justice is going to go with putting these kids back in school unless I am completely convinced (it is safe).” Justice said he knows there will always be some level of risk until there is a vaccine, but he wants to mitigate...
    By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The State Department's number two diplomat expressed strong support on Wednesday for foreign students in the United States, including Chinese students, less than two weeks after the Trump administration abandoned a plan that would have barred thousands from the country. "I strongly agree with you on the importance of these student programs," Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun told a Senate hearing, acknowledging that there had been "a little bit of turbulence" on the issue. President Donald Trump's administration on July 14 abruptly abandoned a plan that would have forced out tens of thousands of foreign students, following widespread condemnation of the decision and pressure from universities and businesses. The administration had announced on July 6 that international students at schools that had moved to online-only classes due to the coronavirus pandemic would have to leave the country. Trump has made a hard line...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Many Philadelphia-area universities and colleges have issued reopening plans as the number of positive cases of the coronavirus decrease and Pennsylvania begins to move into the green phase. Schools canceled in-person classes in March due to the pandemic, but many plan to reopen for in-person teaching in fall while others say they will remain online. Here is a list of schools that have released their plans for reopening: Community College of Philadelphia Bryn Mawr College Drexel University Jefferson University Lafayette College La Salle University Penn State University Rutgers University  St. Joeseph’s University Swarthmore College Temple University  University of the Arts University of Pennsylvania Ursinus College Villanova University West Chester University  Widener University Delaware State University
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Officials say the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University face the prospect of major budget challenges because of reduced state funding and other fiscal fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and reduced energy prices. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that UNM likely faces a $22 million cut in state funding while NMSNU will have about $20 million less to spend in the current fiscal year due to reduced state funding, revenue losses from lower enrollment and other circumstances. The universities' fiscal troubles stem partly from spending cuts approved last month by legislators and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to help close a budget gap caused by the pandemic and falling oil revenues. UNM President Garnett Stokes says that it remains to be seen what the impacts will be and that the numbers are subject to change partly because of uncertainties about possible losses...
    HARRISBURG (KDKA) – The Pennsylvania State System of High Education is exploring ways it could integrate several of its universities in order to keep up with its mission, which is providing students affordable and quality higher education. Some of those universities — Cal U, Clarion, Edinboro and Slippery Rock — are in our area. PASSHE says it’s currently reviewing the financial situation of these schools. It began the process in February before the pandemic hit, but has had to speed things up since then. With integration, Cal U and Clarion would essentially combine forces with the goal of providing a low-cost, high-quality, fully online undergraduate degree and degree-completion program that is not currently available in the state. However, students who prefer to take classes in person would still have that option. Edinboro and Slippery Rock could also potentially work together with the goal of strengthening and broadening available academic opportunities....
    HARRISBURG (KDKA) – In less than a month, students will return to the campuses of Pennsylvania’s state-run universities. The Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) board of governors met Thursday morning to discuss the plans for the 14 schools. “Despite the pandemic, nevertheless we continue to educate our students,” Sheleta Camarda-Webb, president of the State College and University Professional Association, told the board of governors Thursday morning. The 14 state-run universities unveiled their plans for the upcoming school year one day ahead of the board of governors meeting. While students will return to all of the campuses, some of the schools will offer hybrid learning. “We know that universities that have large endowments are able to make a different set of choices about how they will respond to this pandemic than those that do not have large endowments,” said PASSHE Chancellor David Greenstein. Aug. 17 is the day classes...
    By Stephen Nellis (Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Thursday t was working with 10 additional historically Black universities and colleges to become "hubs" that will teach computer programming and app design skills in their regions. Apple started a community education initiative last year to provide iPads, Mac computers, teaching curricula and access to its staff and engineers for schools that serve under-represented minority students. The company said Thursday that the program now includes 24 universities, half of which are historically Black schools, with plans to add 10 more historically Black schools this year. Apple has worked with Tennessee State University, which has become a national hub for training teachers from other historically Black colleges and universities to start offering courses in their own schools as well as secondary and elementary schools in their surrounding communities. The 10 schools Apple said will become new hubs are Arkansas Baptist College, Central...
    An educational online program created by a Georgia State University professor to help college students recognize and avoid the dangers of sexual assault and understand the risks of alcohol use has been licensed to Behavioral Science Technologies, LLC, an educational technology firm. The company hopes to partner with other universities to incorporate the Web-based program, RealConsent®, into student learning. RealConsent® was developed by Laura Salazar, a professor and Second Century Initiative Scholar in Health Equity in the School of Public Health, whose research focuses on the impact of interactive educational tools and their ability to stem violence. The program is designed to educate incoming freshmen and others on how to prevent and intervene against sexual assault. “We know that approximately 25 percent of female college students are sexually assaulted and the problem hasn’t gone away despite other interventions,” said Salazar, who is also affiliated with the university’s Center for Research on Interpersonal Violence....
    By KATE MURPHY, The News & Observer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Although most North Carolina universities — including Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State — still plan to bring students back to campus for some in-person classes starting next month, international students are fearful of what could happen if classes move entirely online. They would be forced to leave the country, according to new guidelines announced this week by federal immigration authorities. “The looming threat is what if the coronavirus does exacerbate late in the fall and Duke and other schools do end up going virtual,” said Dennis Wang, a junior at Duke. Wang said the scenario would be worse than when most universities went all virtual in the spring. There was an exemption that allowed international students to stay in the U.S. for the spring and summer online courses and maintain their status. “Now you have to leave the...
    HARRISBURG (KDKA) – State lawmakers passed a bill that could potentially bring big changes to Pennsylvania State System of High Education universities. The new bill would allow PASSHE to cut costs by sharing services and possibly consolidate into “branch campuses.” That possible consolidation, however, would not cause any of the 14 universities to close. PASSHE Chancellor Daniel Greenstein said it will ensure that the schools remain affordable.
    New York State will soon be releasing guidance for colleges and universities as they prepare for the fall semester amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. During his daily COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, Jun 18 in Albany, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the state will be issuing guidance to schools to allow some potential residential and in-person programming in the fall. Colleges fall under Phase 4 of New York’s economic reopening plan. Cuomo said that before opening up for classes, universities would have to address four considerations: a reopening plan, a containment plan, a monitoring plan, and a shutdown plan in case the virus spreads across any campus. Cuomo cautioned, however, that it remains unclear what college and university campuses will look like in the fall, when there could be a second wave of the virus.  He noted that it is likely some schools will have to transition to...
    Trustees for the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities will consider freezing tuition for the first half of the upcoming school year. Chancellor Devinder Malhotra is recommending a tuition freeze for the fall semester, followed by a 3 percent increase in spring. He proposes covering much of the lost revenue by temporarily stopping the purchase of instructional equipment. “This would provide relief to students for fall semester but would allow full implementation of the budgets in line with long-term considerations,” according to materials for Wednesday’s board meeting. The coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult for colleges to predict enrollment for the upcoming year, but an overall decline seems certain. The Minnesota State system’s 30 public colleges expect enrollment to drop by 9.1 percent on average this fall, and its seven universities anticipate a 5.6 percent decline. “Reasons include hesitance regarding online class alternatives, concerns about changes in hands-on lab...
    (CNN)Several universities this week joined a growing list of schools reporting coronavirus cases within their athletic programs.Arkansas State reported that seven athletes from three sports programs tested positive last Wednesday. They were all asymptomatic and will remain in quarantine for 14 days, the university said.Marshall University and Oklahoma State University announced they've each had several athletes test positive. And Iowa State University reported one new case.The new cases come after multiple reports surfaced last week that at least five players on the University of Alabama football team tested positive for the virus.Kevin Klintworth, senior associate athletic director at Oklahoma State University, said Wednesday that three student-athlete tests resulted in "asymptomatic positives." More than 150 student-athletes, staff and administration members were tested during the athletic department's reopening protocol. Read MoreOklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga, one of the three players, announced on Twitter he had tested positive after attending a protest in...
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