In this week’s roundup: Princeton University removes Woodrow Wilson’s name from their school of public policy, a new poll shows that most Americans don’t know about the changes to Title IX and higher ed leaders worry about the perceived value of pursuing a degree.
Stay tuned for our weekly roundup on what trends we’re seeing across institutions, how individual colleges and universities are responding to them and what national policy changes are affecting higher ed.
Week of June 24 - July 1
- Princeton University announced on June 27 that the institution will remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from their public policy school due to Wilson’s "racist thinking and policies." It is now the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.
- Black academics point out that academia is far from innocent in the fight for racial equality. Petitions and op-eds sharing experiences of racism in higher education call for white academics to do the work of being actively anti-racist.
- With the upcoming opportunity to reinstate affirmative action in November, California legislators will debate the use of information pertaining to race and ethnicity when candidates are considered for higher education and employment.
- A new poll conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University found that a majority of Americans don’t know about the changes to Title IX regulations.
- More colleges and universities are cancelling their fall sports seasons, as student-athletes who are already back on campus at some institutions are testing positive. These decisions are being made despite several plans passed by the NCAA in an attempt to have fall sports.
- When it comes to enrollment, public institutions and those that usually lose enrollees to out-of-state institutions may see an increase in their numbers due to more students wanting to be close to home.
- With COVID-19 negatively affecting students’ ability to pay for college, a study by Ithaka S+R found that students want to hear more from their financial aid offices.
- The New England Board of Higher Education released information pertaining to international students, looking at how travel restrictions and concerns over COVID-19 will affect higher education and the surrounding areas’ economies.
- A new survey of campus leaders by Inside Higher Ed shows that presidents are more likely to expect a reduction in their institution’s portfolio of academic programs than they were two months ago. In addition, 72% are worried about the “perceived decrease in the value of higher education.”
- With more and more plans for a safe fall return being shared, colleges and universities are turning to their state legislatures to ensure COVID-19 liability protection.