College campus in autumn.

In this week's roundup:

Female athletes are taking full advantage of the new NIL rules, college towns are challenging the 2020 census count and Howard University students are occupying a campus building in protest of poor housing conditions and lack of student representation on governing bodies. 

October 14 - 20

  • While attention has been paid to how new Name, Image, Likeness rules will affect men’s sports, many women are reaping the benefits of paid partnerships thanks to the abilities made available to them through the NIL rules. 
  • Colleges and universities are beginning to enact their own vaccination requirements following the Biden administration’s announcement of a requirement for federal contractors. 
  • A task force created by the NCAA to tackle racial equity issues recommends the association get rid of its requirement that first-year athletes submit standardized test scores. This recommendation comes after many colleges became test-optional and the National Association of Basketball Coaches called for the NCAA to get rid of the requirement. 
  • College towns are currently trying to contest population counts of the 2020 census, as the uprooting of students and others during the pandemic had effects on population size. 
  • A federal judge ruled that UNC-Chapel Hill can continue to use race as a factor in admissions decisions. Students for Fair Admissions challenged UNC-Chapel Hill’s policy, and plans to appeal the decision, claiming the policy is discriminating against nonminority students. 
  • After a sudden closing earlier this month, Vista College students are suing its top officials and parent company for violating Texas consumer protection laws. In August, the institution promised that students in good standing would be able to finish their programs. According to the consumer laws, the students are entitled to compensation from the for-profit chain.
  • Graduate school applications rose 7.5% in fall 2020 according to data from the Council of Graduate Schools. First-time enrollment increased among minority students in particular: 20.4% among Latinx students, 16% among African American students and 8.8% among Native American students. Business, education and health sciences were the most popular programs, representing 45% of first-time enrollment.
  • Former Dean of the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work Marilyn Louis Flynn and Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas have been indicted for corruption. Flynn is being accused of bribing Ridley-Thomas with a full tuition scholarship and professorship for his son in exchange for millions in county contracts and campaign money.
  • If adopted by the Legislature, the Mississippi One Grant will allow 4,500 more students to qualify for financial aid, but at the cost of low-income and Black students. The highest award of $4,500 will be given to those with the most financial need and highest ACT scores. The program will replace three existing financial aid programs.
  • Howard University students occupied the Blackburn University Center in protest of poor housing conditions and student representation on the school’s governing board. The University is threatening expulsion for participating students. 


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