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In this week's roundup:

COVID-19 forces some institutions to go virtual, out-of-state students may not bring in as much revenue as previously thought and the number of men in college has fallen way behind the number of women. 

September 2 - 8

  • Some colleges are shifting online — or giving faculty members the right to go virtual — as campuses experience a rise in COVID-19 cases. 
  • Meanwhile, on campuses where vaccination is not required and masking is not enforced, morale among faculty is “at an all-time low.” Students at UNC Chapel Hill are even calling for more stringent COVID-19 policies. 
  • The number of men enrolled in college has fallen behind women by record levels. In the next few years, two women will earn a college degree for every man if the trend continues. 
  • Transfer enrollment declined overall, but highly selective colleges saw an increase in upward transfers.
  • A new study finds out-of-state students might not be as much of a revenue generator for public universities as previously thought. 
  • The U.S. military’s 1.3 million active-duty personnel are eligible for tuition assistance, but using those benefits is becoming increasingly difficult for service members.
  • At the start of a school year during which students were expecting a return to normalcy from the COVID-19 pandemic, a Category 4 hurricane caused setbacks for colleges and universities in the New Orleans metropolitan area. Some universities were forced to close campuses, stop classes and evacuate students. 
  • Colleges and universities across the country are planning memorials, services and more to honor the lives lost and devastation from 9/11. Borough of Manhattan Community College, which was particularly affected on the day of the attacks due to the location of its campus, reflects on the resiliency of their community and lasting effects of that day 20 years ago. 
  • Twenty states are suing the U.S. Department of Education following the department’s newer interpretation of Title IX, which states that “gay and transgender people are protected under the federal law banning sex-based discrimination in schools.” 
  • On Sept. 3, 2021, President Biden signed an executive order intended to make it easier for HBCUs to access and receive federal funding, as well as create new networks for philanthropic connections. 

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