Eight students at Indiana University sued the institution over its vaccine mandate. The lawsuit centered on the lack of full FDA approval for the COVID vaccine and claimed the university’s requirement violated students’ constitutional freedoms. The judge’s 100 page brief cited legal precedent for enforcing vaccine mandates and stated the university was "pursuing a legitimate aim of public health for its students, faculty, and staff." This is an important decision for the hundreds of higher education institutions that are requiring students and employees to get the COVID vaccine in order to work and attend school on campus.
“We all knew that the internet was important before the pandemic but didn’t realize how important it was. It is basically a basic need at this point, maybe not as basic as food and shelter, but pretty close to that.” - Alejandra Acosta, higher education policy analyst at New America
30%: The number of college students taking online courses in the fall 2019 semester
Looking to learn more? These upcoming webinars may be of interest:
PBS NewsHour reported last week on a workforce development program in Mississippi called Women in Construction. The program began to meet the need for skilled construction workers and has assisted 800 single low-income mothers. In addition to job skills, students enrolled in the program receive quality, free daycare for their children. Mississippi has the nation’s highest rate of women serving as the primary breadwinners for their families, and a typical family in the state will spend 20 percent of their income on childcare. Programs like Women in Construction are finding that providing women an opportunity to enter fields that pay more than minimum wage allows them to better support their families and shift out of poverty.
July 23, 2021