Ivy.ai study highlights need for diverse learning environments

Administrators in higher education will need to accommodate asynchronous learning, according to a study from Ivy.ai. While the COVID-19 pandemic forced the adoption of remote learning, the option cannot be a binary choice.  Ivy.ai’s Future of Higher Ed study reports that 77 percent of recent college graduates stated that they utilized distance learning while attending … Read more

9 AAUP conferences urge Congress to add colleges to Biden’s vaccine mandate

Dive Brief:  Several state conferences of the American Association of University Professors, a faculty group, are urging federal lawmakers to help implement stronger coronavirus safety measures on campus.  They’re asking members of Congress to support expanding President Joe Biden’s recent executive order mandating the coronavirus vaccine for certain employers to include all higher education institutions … Read more

The Pipeline: Inside one HBCU’s plan to waive tuition for a year

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. When Clinton College announced … Read more

College Board announces easier CSS Profile, plus a ‘lighter, shorter’ version

Dive Brief:  Students from families earning up to $100,000 will now be able to freely apply to the College Board’s CSS Profile, a tool used by some 300 colleges to award students institutional financial aid packages.  In an announcement Wednesday, the College Board also said it would make the CSS Profile easier to complete and … Read more

NACAC chief executive announces a new mission and vision statement

Angel Pérez is the CEO of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Fifty years ago, the 1971 Report on Higher Education — better known as the Newman Report — challenged higher education to become more inclusive, especially for women and minority students, and to serve the needs of all students. The report presented higher … Read more

San José State settles for $1.6M with athletes sexually abused by former trainer

Dive Brief: San José State University will pay $1.6 million to 13 female student-athletes who were sexually abused by a former athletic trainer, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.  Prosecutors said officials at San José State, part of the California State University system, failed to adequately respond to reports of sexual assault and retaliated … Read more

JPMorgan Chase acquires financial planning platform Frank to connect with college students

Dive Brief:  JPMorgan Chase announced Tuesday it is acquiring Frank, a financial planning platform for college students, as a way to build deeper relationships with this demographic and their families.  The bank is buying Frank’s entire business, including its online tools that help students submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid and financial education … Read more

Recent regulatory action signals a turning point for ISAs

Income-share agreements are at a legal crossroads after regulators put a stake in the ground saying ISAs are loans. The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Sept. 7 that it issued a consent order against Better Future Forward, a Virginia-based nonprofit that issues ISAs. The CFPB is requiring Better Future Forward to provide disclosures required … Read more

Mississippi trustees ban vaccine mandates at public universities

Dive Brief: The Board of Trustees overseeing Mississippi’s eight public universities voted last week to prevent them from being able to mandate the coronavirus vaccine for students and employees.  This appears to be the first case of a public college governing board prohibiting a vaccine requirement. The news was first reported by Mississippi Today. The … Read more

California sets aside $500M to grow affordable housing for students

Dive Brief:  California lawmakers approved a bill earlier this month that would set aside $500 million in the 2022 fiscal year to expand affordable housing options for students attending the state’s public universities and community colleges.  The bill will devote half of the one-time grant funding to community colleges, 30% to the California State University … Read more