Virginia higher ed funding is inequitable and needs reform, report says

Dive Brief: Virginia’s system for funding colleges is “irrational, inequitable, and unjust,” often sending fewer state dollars to institutions with many low-income students and overinvesting in some private schools with poor student outcomes, a new report argues.  The analysis from think tank Education Reform Now, which focuses on educational equity, asserts that the state’s funding … Read more

How 14 private colleges are planning to improve community college transfer

The Council of Independent Colleges, which represents more than 750 private nonprofit schools and higher education organizations, announced earlier this month it is launching a consortium of Ohio institutions aiming to improve transfer pathways into the liberal arts. With the help of a $400,000 grant from the Teagle and Arthur Vining Davis foundations, 14 private … Read more

Illinois higher education agencies advise all colleges to mandate coronavirus vaccine

Dive Brief:  Two higher education agencies in Illinois released guidance Monday suggesting all public and private colleges in the state mandate coronavirus vaccinations to slow or prevent transmission around their campuses. The Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Illinois Community College Board also encouraged colleges to promote the shots on their campuses and address … Read more

Federal judge upholds Indiana U’s coronavirus vaccine mandate

Dive Brief: A federal judge on Sunday declined to block Indiana University’s requirement that students be vaccinated against the coronavirus in order to return to campus.  Eight Indiana U students sued the institution last month, arguing the mandate infringes on their constitutional rights and state law. Hundreds of colleges are obligating students and employees to get … Read more

FAFSA completions down nearly 5%, report says

Dive Brief: The high school class of 2021 completed 4.8% fewer Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms than students did in the previous year, according to a new report from the National College Attainment Network. The decline represents about 102,000 fewer high school seniors finishing the FAFSA as of July 2. The decrease was … Read more

Time’s up: Higher ed’s climate action mandate is now

Colleges and universities are facing the opportunity of a lifetime. A confluence of factors and market trends are creating more motivation, access, and funding opportunities for carbon neutrality across higher education campuses. For years, sustainability and climate action have been rising up the agenda for school administrators. In a 2021 Princeton Review survey of prospective … Read more

With the fall approaching, colleges reevaluate vaccination mandates

Dive Brief:  The University of California announced Thursday that it is mandating the coronavirus vaccines for students and faculty members — making it the largest public university system to do so, according to the Los Angeles Times.  On the same day, the University of Hawaii system nixed its vaccine mandate for the fall term, citing surveys … Read more

The Pipeline: How colleges can nail TikTok

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 Video-sharing platform TikTok’s dance … Read more