In this week's roundup:
Standardized test scores will no longer be accepted by the University of California system, humanities degree numbers continue to decline and colleges are finding ways to reduce student debt.
- The University of California system will no longer accept standardized test scores in its admissions process due to their inherent perpetuation of inequality in the admissions process. This was a second step toward abandoning entrance exams, after UC initially decided in May 2020 they would no longer require test scores.
- The College Basketball Players Association filed a complaint against the NCAA with the National Labor Relations Board for interfering with employee rights by classifying college athletes as “student-athletes.” This complaint could be a large step toward college athletes gaining union rights.
- A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by Grand Canyon University that alleged that the college did not receive all of the COVID-19 aid funding it should have. Grand Canyon’s status with the IRS is nonprofit, but it is considered for-profit by the U.S. Department of Education. Grand Canyon plans to appeal.
- Due to inflation, the price for labor and supplies will likely increase for colleges, and most will not be able to make up for their rising operating costs by raising tuition. Colleges may increase the cost of services and activities.
- A dozen former Liberty University students are suing the evangelical Christian institution. Students disclose being discouraged to report sexual assault if they were doing something in violation of Liberty’s code of conduct during the alleged assault.
- The University System of Georgia rejected a proposal to change the names of 26 campus buildings named after former slaveholders and people who held racist beliefs. A committee formed in June 2020 submitted a 180-page report calling for the buildings to be renamed, to no avail.
- The number of Humanities graduates is in its 8th consecutive year of decline. Economic anxieties could be a primary reason why more students are opting for “practical” degrees in business, engineering and health-related fields.
- Republican lawmakers are criticizing the University of Wisconsin-Madison for requiring a course for graduate students that includes critical race theory. The academic concept has been denounced, including by gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Kleefisch who said, “We shouldn't be teaching people to feel bad about things they can't change.”
- Ohio State University is planning to erase student loan debt through a 10-year plan to raise $800 million. President Kristina Johnson hopes that a lack of debt will enable students to pursue passions they would otherwise not pursue due to the financial burden of student loans.
- Cornell College is promising to pay half of first-year students’ loans for those who enroll in the 2022-23 school year. The Iowa liberal arts college hopes this will provide an incentive for students to stay in college, as research shows that Gen Z is growing skeptical of taking on student debt.