In this week's roundup:
A federal court ordered the Trump administration to accept new DACA applicants, the outlook is bleak for NCAA fall sports and colleges and universities grapple with the logistics of testing in the fall.
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 July 15 - 22
- On July 17, the U.S. District Court in Maryland ordered the Trump administration to begin accepting new DACA applicants.
- Colleges and universities have begun making good on their promises to address racism through the removal of statues, scholarships specifically for Black students and diverse hires, among other actions.
- However, The Education Trust released a report finding that the nation’s top 101 public colleges don’t reflect the nation’s current racial diversity. The report also provides ten actions campus leaders can take to change that.
- Exacerbated by COVID-19, summer melt is the highest it’s been in years. Colleges and universities are trying a multitude of tactics to ease the dripping.
- International students are facing difficulties getting their documents approved in time for the start of the fall semester.
- NCAA President Mark Emmert said that the “outlook is getting worse, not better,” when it comes to fall sports. This statement comes after the NCAA released new guidelines on July 16 for colleges and universities to have a safe fall sports season.
- As institutions cut sports programs, alumni rally to fundraise in an attempt to save them.
- Faculty concerns are rising about returning to campus in the fall, and faculty at Appalachian State University created a Google Poll asking students to stay home.
- As colleges and universities gear up for fall 2020, many have to make additional budgetary decisions such as layoffs, hiring freezes, and furloughs brought on by COVID-19.
- Higher education advocates are calling for a raise on the maximum Pell Grant amount after the downturn in FAFSA renewals.
- The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has devised a plan to integrate three pairs of universities in the state. This is largely in response to falling enrollment numbers, state funding and COVID-19 pressures.
- With no national consensus on testing, colleges and universities grapple with questions like how often they should test, who to test, and how they are going to be able to handle the number of tests necessary to curb the spread.
- While safety protocols are being put in place at campuses still planning for in-person reopenings in the fall, the most important factor in doing so safely will be students’ willingness and ability to follow protocols.
- Colleges and universities are trying to create bonds with their incoming students through swag giveaways, orientations and virtual tabling for clubs, among other efforts.
- In a recent survey by Strada Education Network, self-doubt was found to be one of the top three challenges for adults when considering postsecondary education or training.