For-profit chain Vista College closes abruptly, files for bankruptcy protection

Dive Brief:  The owner of Vista College, a chain of for-profit schools, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection Monday after last week suddenly shuttering campuses and saying it would close down operations.  In a letter to students, Vista College said it was “unable to continue due to financial circumstances.” It said it was still in compliance … Read more

Virtual work is here to stay. Here’s how colleges can help students land remote internships.

When the coronavirus pandemic first hit, thousands of college students saw their internship opportunities dry up. One estimate determined that roughly half of internships were canceled due to widespread disruptions.  At the University of North Texas, career services staff members didn’t want students to miss out on the benefits these programs can afford.  An internship … Read more

Overtly religious advertising can harm a faith-based college’s STEM reputation

Mathew S. Isaac and Carl Obermiller are marketing professors at Seattle University. Rebecca Jen-Hui Wang is a marketing professor at Lehigh University. Seattle University is a midsized private university in a booming technology metropolis that is home to some of the biggest names in tech, including Amazon and Microsoft. It is also a Roman Catholic, … Read more

Appeals court won’t let Western Michigan enforce vaccine mandate for athletes claiming religious exemptions

Dive Brief:  Western Michigan University won’t be able to require a group of student-athletes to be vaccinated against the coronavirus after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit declined Thursday to overturn a lower court’s temporary injunction. Sixteen student-athletes recently sued the university over its vaccine policy, saying it infringed upon their religious … Read more

What does a college changemaker do, now that he’s gotten what he wanted?

Around the Independence Day weekend, Dan Greenstein, the chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, spent a few days reading and dissecting public comments on its proposal to consolidate six institutions into two. A historian turned postsecondary policy guru, Greenstein hadn’t done such qualitative research for a long time. But the system was … Read more

How colleges can prepare for an emergency return to online learning

Much to everyone’s concern, the Delta variant is rapidly spreading in the U.S. – and it’s causing higher ed leaders to question whether they must alter their autumn semester plans. Some colleges are requiring vaccines or reimposing mask mandates. Others are finding their authority to impose mitigation measures limited by state-level policies. In a nutshell, … Read more

Ivy.ai study highlights explosive growth in chatbot popularity

Students are seeing the value that chatbots bring to other areas of their lives and overwhelmingly believe that they can benefit their higher ed experience as well. Ivy.ai’s Future of Higher Ed study reports that while 42 percent of students said their school utilized a chatbot, most of those students report overwhelmingly positive experiences with … Read more

UC system seeks to add 20,000 students by 2030

Dive Brief: The University of California system is moving to increase its enrollment by 20,000 students by 2030, which would be a significant increase for the 286,000-student, 10-campus public university system. It’s the equivalent of adding a new campus, the system’s president, Michael Drake, said in a Board of Regents meeting last week. But the … Read more

Low census counts rattle college towns

Steve Patterson, the mayor of Athens, Ohio, had hoped last year’s census would bring the city some good news. Athens, home of Ohio University, was just shy of 25,000 people, and breaking that threshold would make the city eligible for grants and other funding reserved for larger cities. But then the COVID-19 pandemic swept across … Read more

Washington University in St. Louis uses 65% endowment return to adopt need-blind admissions

Dive Brief: Washington University in St. Louis will start admitting first-time, full-time domestic undergraduate students on a need-blind basis, it announced Monday. WashU joins a small number of wealthy institutions that don’t consider applicants’ ability to pay when deciding whether to accept them. The need-blind policy is part of $1 billion the university is setting … Read more