In this week's roundup:
Scammers are posing as college students, community colleges face cybersecurity threats, and single mothers attending community college are receiving support.
November 25- December 1
- Thousands of scammers have been posing as college students in order to receive financial aid from California community colleges. These “students” were discovered to be bots when exhibiting strange behavior such as using profile pictures from the internet and submitting work from students outside the class.
- The Education Design Lab, a nonprofit organization, is seeking to help single mothers succeed at four community colleges in four different states as part of a pilot program aimed at providing basic needs and flexible schedules.
- The U.S. Department of Education funded critical race theory training at several colleges across the country. The program RISE (Research Institute for Scholars of Equity) has been responsible for training students in CRT and producing a cadre of scholars who value and advance equity.
- Two community colleges closed due to cybersecurity attacks. Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois and Butler County Community College in Pennsylvania have closed their main campuses and cancelled remote classes, demonstrating the heightened risk for cyberattacks.
- Temple University was found guilty of submitting false data regarding their online MBA program. Temple rose to the number 1 slot in the U.S. News rankings from 2015-2018, and in 2017, their part-time MBA program rose to number 7 from No. 53.
- Coastal Carolina University is allowing Steven Earnest, a theater professor accused of making a racially insensitive remark, to return in the Spring 2022 semester. The University said they removed him due to students’ anger, including over Earnest’s email: “I don’t think it’s a big deal. I’m just sad people get their feelings hurt so easily. And they’re going into Theater?”
- Kansas Republicans express concerns over the University of Kansas’ new admissions guidelines. Previously, students would be guaranteed admission if they had a 21 on the ACT and 3.25 GPA or a 20 on the ACT and 3.4 GPA. Now applicants can be admitted with a 3.25 GPA or a 21 on the ACT with a 2.0 GPA.
- After he was acquitted of shooting three men, two fatally, during a protest over police brutality, Kyle Rittenhouse is no longer enrolled at Arizona State University. He was enrolled as a non degree-seeking, online student. After student protests, he was no longer enrolled.
- First-generation college students at the University of Nevada at Reno will most likely receive millions of dollars in funds as part of a new initiative to support first-generation college students. State Senator Heidi Seevers Gansert advocated for this effort and is awaiting approval from Governor Steve Sisolak.
- Faculty from Michigan State University want to be paid the wages they lost at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Because the university’s finances have improved since last year, faculty want to be fairly compensated for the pay cut they endured.