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In this week’s roundup:  

More universities institute COVID-19 vaccine requirements, the working class and institutions that serve it continue to feel the effects of the pandemic and parents’ feelings about sending their child(ren) to a four-year university are nearly split 50/50. 


April 1 – 7

  • The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that sexual orientation and gender identity are protected under Title IX. 
  • Cornell University and Brown University followed Rutgers University in announcing that COVID-19 vaccination will be mandatory for students for the fall 2021 semester.
  • Meanwhile, mass vaccination efforts are underway at the University of Florida and the University of Arizona
  • Shelter-in-place orders were given at the University of Pittsburgh and Bates College in response to sudden spikes in case numbers.
  • President Joe Biden directed Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to explore the president’s legal authority to cancel student loan debt by executive action. 
  • Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations act passed in December, The U.S. Department of Education issued $1.6 billion in debt relief for 45 historically Black colleges and universities.
  • So many stories about wait lists and surging applications at the nation’s most selective colleges. 
  • Thank your campus cleaning staff
  • The 16% decline in enrollment of international students will likely have effects on colleges’ and universities’ budgets for years to come. 
  • A new take on outcome-based funding may actually be effective in providing the tools and accountability measures necessary to make higher education more equitable. 
  • As COVID-19 has taken a large toll on the economics of the working class, it has done the same for higher education institutions that typically serve that very group. 
  • As colleges and universities consider what the steps are to bring back study abroad programs, they’re also thinking about how to change the programs
  • Survey results from the Association of American Colleges and Universities show that age differences in employers can lead to a difference in perception of recent graduates’ skills and ability to demonstrate them. 
  • A recent survey from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and Gallup found that parents are nearly split 50/50 on their feelings about whether or not they would send their child to a four-year college or university, with or without obstacles. Political party is the strongest determinant of how parents feel, with democrats preferring it the most. 


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