New Initiative Aims to Provide Associate Degrees to Four-Year College Stopouts
EdSurge reports this week on Colorado’s new initiative to award associate degrees to four-year students who have earned 70 plus credits but not a degree. The Colorado Re-engaged Initiative could help 13,000 Colorado residents earn an associate degree in general studies. Similar programs exist in New Hampshire and South Carolina. Skeptics question the financial impact of earning a general degree and encourage states to offer robust transfer programs.
Supreme Court Ruling Finds in Favor of AthletesOn Monday, the Supreme Court issued their decision in NCAA v Alton. In a 9-0 ruling, the Supreme Court found in favor of student athletes upholding a ruling from the 9th Circuit court. The decision could reshape college athletics funneling more of the billion dollar industry to student athletes. The lower court ruled that “NCAA must also permit student athletes to receive unlimited non-cash ‘education-related benefits’ including post-eligibility internships.” Legal experts anticipate that the NCAA will continue to face additional challenges to its business model.
“The NCAA no longer has carte blanche to control athletes’ livelihoods and monopolize the market.” - Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT)
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Students Sue Indiana University Over Vaccine RequirementEight Indiana University students have sued Indiana University arguing that the institution’s requirement that students be vaccinated against COVID in order to participate in campus activities is illegal. The students maintain that the university’s mandate infringes on their 14th Amendment rights and a state law that prohibits public entities from requiring proof of vaccination status. The university has stated that all staff, faculty and students must be vaccinated by August 15.
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Returning To Campus: Redefining The Student Services Experience July 6
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Part-Time Higher Education Workers Decrease During Pandemic
This week Higher Ed Dive examines hiring trends during the pandemic. Research gathered by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources from nearly 800 institutions found that there was an overall decline in staffing across institutions. The biggest cuts were to part-time workers who saw a 17% decline in positions. Institutions addressed budget shortfalls with a reduction in staff, and while many institutions are now looking to fill those empty positions, the push to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour could impact a quarter of wage positions in the higher education sector.
June 25, 2021