Oregon lawmakers propose committee to probe colleges’ responses to sexual misconduct claims

Dive Brief:  A bipartisan group of Oregon lawmakers this week proposed a new committee that would examine how the state’s universities respond to allegations of sexual misconduct and racial discrimination on campus.  The Senate resolution would create an eight-member committee responsible for holding hearings and investigating how schools handle campus misconduct. It would be able … Read more

Idaho lawmakers cut $2.5M in funding for social justice education at 3 public universities

Dive Brief: Idaho’s legislature this week cut a total $2.5 million in funding for social justice programming at three of its public universities.  Lawmakers kept overall higher education spending flat for the coming fiscal year, at $629.9 million. About $32.8 million of that money came from federal COVID-19 relief. The targeted reduction comes after the … Read more

Arizona community colleges can now offer bachelor’s degrees

Dive Brief:  Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation this week that will allow the state’s community colleges to offer some bachelor’s degrees if they can show a four-year program meets student demand and workforce needs.  While all of Arizona’s community colleges can now offer four-year degrees, those in the state’s two most populous counties — Maricopa … Read more

International student flexibilities extended as colleges plan for fall

Dive Brief: Federal agencies have extended and clarified flexibilities for international students attending U.S. colleges during the 2021-22 academic year. They also eased some travel restrictions. Higher education experts say the decisions will allow students and schools to plan for the upcoming academic year, but they caution that visa processing backlogs could be a hurdle. … Read more

Bill would require college leaders to review probes into claims of sexual abuse involving employees

Dive Brief: A bill reintroduced in Congress last week would hold higher education institutions more accountable for addressing allegations of sexual abuse carried out by employees. Under the Accountability of Leaders in Education to Report Title IX Investigations Act, colleges that receive federal funding would need to certify to the U.S. Department of Education annually … Read more

How colleges can ensure this year’s high school graduates aren’t left behind

Catalina Cifuentes had worked tirelessly to increase college-going among students in Riverside County, California, which ranked dead last among the major metropolitan areas in degree attainment in 2016. Over the course of six years, Cifuentes, the county’s executive director of college and career readiness, helped grow Riverside’s college enrollment rate by more than seven percentage … Read more