Monday, February 24, 2020

Universities brace for lasting impact of coronavirus outbreak - Joyce Lau and John Ross, THE

While much harm has been done by epidemic, institutions could use crisis to sharpen strategies and practices in areas such as internationalisation and e-learning, experts say. In the most affected areas, universities face the prospect of losing an entire semester or more. In China, where the health emergency started and where most of the cases have occurred, institutions – including foreign branch campuses – have called a halt to in-person teaching. Administrators in Hong Kong universities, which are among the most internationalised in the world, have been frank in their assessment that a return to normal teaching in early March is “unlikely”.

UD pares back on budget as challenges loom BUSINESS 23 hours ago - Thomas Gnau, Dayton Daily News

University of Dayton leaders say the school remains strong, but it needs to be nimble in facing demographic and population challenges that impact universities in Ohio and beyond. Population numbers in Ohio and the Midwest — the population from which UD typically draws — have shrunk over the past several years and do not appear to be poised for explosive growth in the next decade, Andrew Horner, UD executive vice president of business and administrative services, said in an interview with the Dayton Daily News Friday.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

With finances growing tighter, state universities told to cut back on adjuncts, combine underenrolled programs - SUSAN SNYDER, The Philadelphia Inquirer

As finances grow tighter at Pennsylvania’s state universities, Chancellor Daniel Greenstein this week told schools to curtail the use of adjuncts, combine under enrolled academic programs and work more closely together to reduce expenses across the 96,000-student system. The directive follows a meeting with the 14 university presidents this week where they examined the financial plans for the schools and collectively decided action was needed, Mr. Greenstein said in an interview Thursday.

Federal budget proposes cuts to scholarships for Indigenous students - Emma Gibson, Arizona Public Media

The Trump administration has proposed gutting funding for Indigenous student college scholarships for the third year in a row. This year's proposed budget for the Bureau of Indian Education proposes to cut almost $40 million from two categories of scholarships for Native students. According to the Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance, federal funds made up $13.4 million, or 53%, of scholarships awarded to Navajo students in 2019.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Radford University aims to trim its upcoming budget - Sam Wall, Roanoke Times

Radford University is actively looking for ways to cut its spending per the state’s request. The notice came in a Jan. 22 email school President Brian Hemphill sent to faculty and staff. “While Radford University continues to demonstrate strong fiscal health, the Commonwealth is being proactive and, in late Fall 2019, asked state entities, including public colleges and universities, to examine their respective budgets with a critical focus on spending,” it reads.

UMD considers selling radio station - Andee Erickson, Duluth News Tribune

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents will likely vote in March on a resolution that could open up a discovery period to explore the sale of KUMD to Duluth-Superior Area Educational Television Corporation, more commonly known as WDSE-WRPT. UMD's operations and maintenance budget can't continue to support the ongoing operation of KUMD due to the university's financial challenges. In December, UMD announced plans to cut $5.2 million from the university's operations and maintenance budget next year to balance out its deficit.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Trump’s budget would slash support for low-income students - DELECE SMITH-BARROW, The Hechinger Report

As the presidential election campaign picks up, almost every top candidate has released a plan for higher education that addresses college affordability and student debt issues. But there’s only one candidate who’s already in the White House – Donald Trump – and this week he released his plan in the form of a proposed education budget for fiscal year 2021. If Congress were to approve it, some higher education experts say, low-income students would be so financially squeezed that college might be out of reach.

EWU faculty report suggests cuts to athletics budget - or even eliminating it entirely - Wilson Criscione, Inlander

Frustrated with recent budget cuts, Eastern Washington University faculty prepared a report this month that takes a critical look at the athletics department and suggests possibly eliminating the athletics department entirely. The report analyzed the cost of the athletics program to be around $12 million to $14 million per year, but says it has had "no positive impact on our student enrollment, retention or recruitment." It was commissioned by the faculty senate and has been sent to the EWU administration, including President Mary Cullinan. At the end of the month, it will be presented to the EWU Board of Trustees.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Holistic Approach for Nontraditional Students - Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed

Community colleges need to create holistic student supports to serve their increasingly diverse student populations, according to a series of briefs released by Achieving the Dream. The holistic student supports approach requires colleges to tie support services into a "seamless, timely and personal experience for every student," according to the nonprofit group. It includes comprehensive advising, scalable case management models, a change leadership framework and assessment using technology to improve these strategies as time goes on.

Arizona's top court agrees to review lawsuit over rising tuition at public universities - Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive

The Arizona Supreme Court agreed this week to review a dismissed lawsuit that takes aim at rising tuition rates at the state's public universities.   The Arizona attorney general alleges in the lawsuit that tuition increases at the state's public universities violate the state constitution's mandate to keep higher education "as nearly free as possible." The legal battle comes as universities nationwide are struggling to curb tuition increases after years of wavering state support.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

U., peer institutions oppose White House cutting research and education budget - David Veldran, Princetonian

In the press release, AAU President Mary Sue Coleman wrote that the proposal “reduce[s] investments in student aid and vital scientific research at the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies” and “drastically cut[s] or end[s] several Education Department student aid programs including Federal Work-Study, the Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, and Public Service Loan Forgiveness.” In an email to The Daily Princetonian, University Spokesperson Ben Chang confirmed that the University shared the AAU’s concerns, adding that the University will be working with the New Jersey congressional delegation and other congressional members “to ensure that the final budget provides robust investments in education and research funding.”

The President’s Budget Fails to Support Economic Security for Students and Workers with Low Incomes - CLASP

The Trump Administration’s proposed FY 2021 budget brings back into focus just who has been losing out under this administration, including people with low incomes, immigrant communities, and communities of color. The president’s budget would undermine the economic security of individuals with low incomes, including students and workers, by proposing to slash, cut, and/or eliminate critical federal student aid and workforce development programs.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

How the skills gap is changing the degree path - Mikhail Zinshteyn, Education Dive

Pressed to respond to students' concerns about the rising cost of higher education and their sometimes-foggy understanding of how their learning translates into jobs, some colleges are reshaping the degree pathway. Their motivation for doing so is not only internal. Nontraditional education providers are proving to be stiff competition. Bootcamps prepare information technology and web-development workers in months, not years. And multinational firms now produce their own certificates that promise to be gateways to meaningful entry-level work.

Which student loan programs would vanish if Trump's proposed budget goes through? - Charisse Jones, USA TODAY

In Donald Trump's latest budget, aid for lower-income students and a program that offers relief to workers in public service are on the chopping block. The $4.89 trillion plan, presented to Congress on Monday, would cut the Education Department's budget by $5.6 billion, eking out savings by ending some grants, freezing the maximum amount of others and shifting some payments from the government to borrowers.

UNC president pleads for more state funding as university mulls layoffs - Dan Mika, BizWest

As the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley prepares for another round of cuts to its staff, President Andy Feinstein is warning that the state’s higher education funding levels aren’t enough to sustain its universities. In a letter to campus Friday, Feinstein said the university’s latest cost-cutting plan could result in the layoffs of up to 65 nonfaculty staff members and eliminate several other unfilled positions by mid-March.

Monday, February 17, 2020

What’s the Future of Student Financial Aid? - Boston University

Setting up a stark contrast between his vision and the vision laid out by Democrats who want his job, President Trump this week proposed a military-focused, science-slashing, student financial aid–cutting budget for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2020. His budget comes at the same time many of the campaigning Democrats have proposed forgiving hundreds of millions of dollars in student debt to ease the burden felt by young Americans.

Will Coronavirus Crisis Trigger an Enrollment Crisis? - Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed

The biggest story in international education over the last decade was, in a word, China. As the number of students from China studying in the U.S. grew rapidly, fueled by a big increase in tuition-paying undergraduates, colleges and universities grew reliant on them to balance their budgets. And as Chinese universities grew in stature, American colleges created innumerable partnerships with their Chinese counterparts in research and other areas.  Now the global public health crisis precipitated by an outbreak of a new coronavirus, COVID-19, in China -- and the imposition of travel restrictions barring entry to the U.S. of most foreign nationals who have traveled to China within the last 14 days -- threatens student flows and other forms of collaboration. More than 1,100 people have died from the virus, which was first identified in December in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the center of the outbreak.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Florida lawmakers weigh merger for two small public colleges - Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive

The Florida Legislature is weighing a proposal that would begin the process of merging two of the state's smaller colleges with two of its larger institutions. Under the plan, the New College of Florida would merge with Florida State University, while Florida Polytechnic University would combine with the University of Florida. The smaller institutions would also transfer their assets to the larger universities. The proposal makes Florida the latest state to consider merging its public institutions as a way to address enrollment declines and to help lower higher ed spending.

Microsoft, Twitter and Walmart want to help you get a job in tech — without racking up student loans - Greg Iacurci, CNBC

Firms like Ford, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Sony Electronics, Sprint, Toyota, Twitter, Visa and Walmart are exploring, and in some cases implementing, apprenticeship programs for careers in technology. Tech apprenticeships offer a new way for Americans without a college degree or tech background to land a job in the field without going back to school.  The average student loan balance is around $30,000, up from $10,000 in the early 1990s.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Deal with online giant threatens Pennsylvania colleges, Moody’s warns - JILL BARSHAY, The Hechinger Report

If you want to understand how online degrees are shaking up traditional colleges and universities, look at Pennsylvania. In January 2020, the state’s 14 community colleges signed an unusual agreement with a private nonprofit university far outside Pennsylvania’s borders to encourage students to complete their bachelor’s degrees online.

Decrease in athletic department spending, revenues for MU - Colin O'Brien, News Tribune

The University of Missouri's athletic department operated at a budget deficit for the third consecutive year, according to audited financial statements every NCAA institution is required to submit to the governing body of collegiate athletics which the News Tribune obtained by open records request.