College officials and pundits say free expression is under siege. How can institutions respond?

Dive Brief: College faculty, administrators and governing boards should all help strengthen free expression on campuses, according to a new series of recommendations from the Bipartisan Policy Center.  The Washington, D.C.-based think tank developed a “roadmap,” released Tuesday, for colleges to adapt. It focuses heavily on proactive approaches to addressing “inevitable” conflicts over free speech … Read more

Former Temple University business dean convicted of wire fraud in rankings scandal

Dive Brief:  Temple University’s former business school dean was found guilty of submitting fraudulent data to U.S. News & World Report to boost the institution’s rankings, prosecutors announced Monday.  Moshe Porat, 74, was dean of the Philadelphia university’s Richard J. Fox School of Business and Management from 1996 to 2018. Prosecutors said that from 2014 … Read more

2 community colleges start the week closed to recover from cyberattacks

Dive Brief:  Two community colleges, Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois and Butler County Community College in Pennsylvania, are starting the week closed as they recover from separate cyberattacks.  Lewis and Clark Community College told students via Facebook that all of its campuses will be closed throughout the week to give the school’s information … Read more

Share of Common App colleges requiring admissions tests continues to plummet

Dive Brief: Only a small fraction of the colleges that accept the Common Application required first-year undergraduates to submit admissions exam scores during the 2021-22 season, showing the degree to which test-optional policies proliferated even as the pandemic’s immediate disruptions eased. Just 5% of roughly 900 colleges that are members of the Common App, the … Read more

Why one college is pledging to pay half of its students’ loans

Editor’s note: It’s harder than ever for colleges to fill their incoming classes, but some schools are meeting that challenge with creativity. In this regular column, called The Pipeline, we’ll spotlight innovative tactics colleges are using to cut through the noise and reach prospective students throughout the recruitment and enrollment process. Student loan debt has … Read more

Pilot program at 4 community colleges seeks to design supports for single mothers on campus

Dive Brief:  Colleges can help single mothers succeed by providing them with basic needs supports, building inclusive environments on campus and giving them flexible educational experiences, according to a new report from the Education Design Lab.  The Education Design Lab, a nonprofit organization focused on education and the workforce, is helping four community colleges launch … Read more

Expanding PLA for adult learners

Prior Learning Assessments (PLA) have long been associated with better student outcomes for adult learners, including higher credential completion and cost and time savings. But in a recent student study conducted by The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), just 11% of adult students at 69 participating post-secondary institutions earned PLA credits.  For many … Read more

Entrepreneurship is fine — but it’s time to fix the academic job market

Daniel Sparks is a doctoral student in economics and education at Columbia University and a senior research assistant at the Community College Research Center at Teachers College. A number of recent op-eds argue that doctoral students stand to gain both within and outside of academia by thinking and acting more entrepreneurially. Ph.D. student malaise resulting … Read more