Biden pares back Trump apprenticeship program

Dive Brief:  President Joe Biden is taking several steps to end an apprenticeship system launched under the Trump administration that shifted oversight of some programs from the federal government to colleges, trade groups and employers.  In early 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor established Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs, which allowed the agency to delegate some of … Read more

Nonprofit taps 7 rural colleges to improve student success

Dive Brief:  Achieving the Dream, a nonprofit aiming to improve community college student success, launched a three-year initiative this week to improve workforce development at rural schools.  Backed with nearly $3.4 million in funding, the organization will work with an inaugural cohort of seven colleges on institutional reforms, narrowing equity gaps and providing personalized support … Read more

President Speaks: How higher education can avoid leaving the humanities behind

Laura Walker is the president of Bennington College, in Vermont. As the president of a liberal arts college in New England, I was particularly dismayed to learn late last year about the University of Vermont’s cuts to humanities programs on the heels of similar cuts at other institutions throughout the region.    Data is cited for … Read more

Iowa lawmakers advance bills that would kill tenure at public universities

Dive Brief: Two bills advancing through Iowa’s legislature would end the system of tenure at the state’s three public universities. House and Senate committees have recommended the passage of separate but nearly identical versions of the proposed legislation, both of which call for prohibiting “the establishment or continuation of a tenure system” at the University of … Read more

Contactless campus keeps students safe and connected

When COVID-19 hit, the province of Alberta in Canada released public health orders that forced University of Alberta leaders to move most of their fall courses online to ensure students and staff remained safe. The university limits on-campus learning to courses that require in-person instruction, such as fine arts, dentistry, and physical therapy. “Our initial … Read more

For colleges, $7B in federal broadband aid highlights extent of digital divide

The transition to online learning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for some students at Tougaloo College. The private, four-year historically Black college serves students living in the Mississippi Delta, a rural region long considered one of the poorest areas in the country. The $50 to $60 per month charge for … Read more

New Hampshire governor proposes merging two- and four-year college systems

Dive Brief: New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is proposing the state merge its two- and four-year college systems as a part of his budget plan, extolling the benefits of a more collaborative approach to public higher education.  Sununu, a Republican, said during his budget presentation Thursday that the pandemic accelerated students’ need for more flexible … Read more