College campus in the fall.

In this week's roundup, over 26 million Americans have signed up for debt relief, legacy admissions practices face renewed questions and recruiting processes are not yielding diverse candidates for college presidencies. 

November 3 – 9

  • Affirmative action cases heard by the Supreme Court also bring into question the use of legacy admissions. 
  • So far, nearly 26 million Americans have applied for the student debt relief program. 
  • Meta invested $150 million in immersive learning initiatives, including funding for institutions to develop digital representations of their campuses. 
  • Colby-Sawyer College is one of many institutions resetting tuition in the coming year. The goal is to more closely align the price with what students end up paying, leading more prospective students to apply. 
  • A new report from Elsevier shows that researchers need to be clearer with the analysis of their work when sharing it with the public. 
  • Higher education leaders are focused on improving retention rates and seeking new revenue in the coming year, according to a survey from BDO
  • A recent report from the College Futures Foundation showed that white males continue to occupy the majority of college presidencies. Also, little has been done to change hiring practices. 
  • Next week, a decision is expected on whether the American Bar Association will eliminate a requirement for ABA-accredited schools to use an entrance exam when making admissions decisions. 
  • At the University of California, San Francisco, medical students are required to learn how to edit Wikipedia pages. The project gives students valuable digital literacy skills and makes the revised Wikipedia pages available for public consumption — a win-win. 
  • Name, image, likeness deals for female college athletes are drawing dollars along with controversy. Issues related to “body image, femininity and the drive to be taken seriously as athletes” have long been part of life as a female athlete.


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