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Hampshire College Resumes Flying U.S. Flag

Inside Higher Ed
December 2, 2016

Hampshire College announced this morning that it has resumed flying the U.S. flag from a main flagpole on campus. The flag will fly at full staff. The college has faced intense criticism -- and a protest by veterans last weekend -- since it announced last month that it would stop flying the U.S. flag (or any flag) after debate on the campus over the issue. 




For-Profit Colleges Look to Donald Trump for a Pass

Wall Street Journal
December 2, 2016

For-profit colleges are looking with relief to the incoming Trump administration, banking on a rollback of tough regulations that threatened to lead to the closure of hundreds of schools and that drove their stock-market valuations down sharply. Investors, in turn, have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into education stocks since the election, hopeful that a change of regime would spur a resurgence in the for-profit college sector.



Yale to Consider Changing Calhoun College's Name Based on Renaming Report

New Haven Register (CT)
December 2, 2016

A three-person committee will decide whether to recommend a change in the name of Yale’s Calhoun College, based on a report issued today by the Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming. University officials said today the three-member panel will recommend whether to change the name of Calhoun College, and that the Yale Corporation will decide whether to do so, by early 2017. Yale President Peter Salovey appointed them “to assist in reviewing the Calhoun case in light of the committee’s articulated renaming principles,” he wrote in a letter sent out this morning.




What’s in a Name?

Inside Higher Ed
December 2, 2016

Since the election, leaders of dozens of colleges and universities across the country have faced protests and petition drives calling on them to declare their institutions “sanctuary campuses” for undocumented immigrant students. As formal responses to the various sanctuary campus petitions from college leaders have begun to roll in, some presidents have walked a fine line, outlining specific ways in which their institutions will not as a matter of policy voluntarily cooperate with federal officials in immigration law enforcement while avoiding adoption of the politically charged -- from some perspectives toxic -- term “sanctuary.”


Reining in Growth

Inside Higher Ed
December 1, 2016

In two years as president of Trinity College in Connecticut, Joanne Berger-Sweeney has shown no fear of sharply changing course. Since starting at Trinity in July 2014, Berger-Sweeney has guided the 2,400-student private liberal arts college in Hartford, Conn., through a series of policy changes and course corrections large and small. The college put in place highly publicized admissions changes in the last year, dropping standardized test requirements, emphasizing applicants’ qualities like curiosity and persistence, and adding optional essay prompts. The college has also moved to end a recent history of freshman classes creeping larger and larger -- a move coming at a time when many liberal arts institutions are scrambling to try to bolster incoming classes.

Student Press Under Pressure

Inside Higher Ed
December 1, 2016

A new report finds that university administrators aim to intimidate and censor content of student news organizations, violating basic principles of press freedom.

Another Atlanta College Vows to Support Students Who Are in U.S. Illegally

AJC.com (Atlanta, GA)
December 1, 2016

Emory University is getting some backup from another metro Atlanta private school after a Republican lawmaker threatened to cut off state funding to any higher education institution that declares it will defy President-elect Donald Trump if he tries to deport immigrants who are illegally in the U.S.  Agnes Scott College President Elizabeth Kiss said in a statement that the Decatur school would continue to support undocumented students, known as “Dreamers,” who were granted a temporary reprieve from the threat of deportation by an executive order from President Barack Obama.

The Surprising Growth of Graduate Enrollment at For-profit Colleges

Washington Post
December 1, 2016

Nearly a half-million people are borrowing $5 billion a year to pursue advanced degrees from for-profit colleges and universities, even as the industry is reeling from investigations, lawsuits and the collapse of prominent players, according to a study that the Center for American Progress released Thursday.

Hampshire College Reels in Wake of Flag Ordeal

The Recorder (Greenfield, MA)
December 1, 2016

Nearly three weeks after a flag burning at Hampshire College and three days after the first in a possible series of protests against the college’s decision to remove the flag, students are leery.  Most declined to talk to reporters in visits to campus this week, but those who did said students at the private college are wary right now of nationalism, online harassment and unwanted guests.

Pivotal Year for Accreditation

Inside Higher Ed - Opinion Piece
December 1, 2016

Judith S. Eaton writes: For accreditation, 2016 will be remembered as an inflection point, a pivotal moment, a culmination of a multiyear revamping, which means this space is now dominated by two features.

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