In this week’s roundup:  

The NCAA has more heat coming their way with impending institutional rule changes, students report mixed feelings regarding their experiences with this academic year and transfer policies will likely prove to be a point of contention in the coming years. 


March 18 – 24

  • In addition to the inequities highlighted in the treatment of men’s and women’s March Madness tournaments by the NCAA, the association also faces impending changes, like athletes being able to earn money from their own likeness in the coming months. 
  • Inside Higher Ed’s 2021 Survey of College and University Presidents had some unexpected findings, considering the hellish year higher ed had. Confidence about financial stability and outlook on the impact of the Biden administration are two of them.
  • Data from the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program shows that the number of students in the U.S. on F-1 and M-1 visas fell by 18% in 2020.  
  • When it comes to how students feel about this academic year, Inside Higher Ed and College Pulse’s recent Student Voice survey shows that they are ambivalent at best.
  • Two-year colleges have borne the brunt of the pandemic’s economic financial turmoil in higher ed, with slashes to state funding and steep declines in enrollment. 
  • Following allegations of students being humiliated for their beliefs and values, Boise State suspended 52 sections of a class meant to teach students about ethics and diversity. 
  • Taking a look at a recent article in The Atlantic about private high schools, Inside Higher Ed Editor Scott Jaschik unpacks just what that means for students across the economic and opportunity spectrums when it comes to the Ivy League. 
  • Following struggles to come to an agreement over a merger of six institutions within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, the head of the system recommended dissolving the system, angering the governing board and faculty union. 
  • Lawmakers are trying again to get the College Transparency Act to pass, claiming it would allow for the collection of data on college outcomes such as completion rates and post-graduate earnings. 
  • The U.S. Department of Education is easing some restrictions on federal relief spending for higher ed, removing the restriction of using the funds to cover expenses incurred on or after December 27, 2020, and moving it back to March 13, 2020, when the national emergency was declared. 
  • Unpaid fees, some as low as $25 or less, are leading colleges and universities to withhold degrees and transcripts from students and alumni. 
  • Transfer policies are in the spotlight. In particular, the need for making these policies more credit-accepting friendly will be a major point in the coming years, given that so many students put their original college plans on hold and/or decided to attend institutions closer to home in 2020. 


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