Category Archives: Students

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U. of Chicago to Increase Support for Low-Income Students

The University of Chicago is altering a range of policies to do more for low-income students, The New York Times reports. Among the changes, announced on Wednesday, are:

  • Student loans will be replaced with grants in cases of need-based financial aid.
  • Students applying for financial aid will automatically have the application fee waived.
  • The CSS/Financial Aid Profile will be eliminated as part of the application process for financial aid.

The changes, to be put into effect over five years, will…


U. of Calif. to Study Whether Campuses Enroll Too Many Out-of-State Students

The number of students from other states and from overseas who are admitted to the University of California has steadily risen in recent years as the institution—like other public higher-education systems around the country—has counted on the extra tuition they pay to help offset declining state support. The issue has raised fears among parents and lawmakers that state residents are being squeezed out.

On Tuesday the university’s president, Janet Napolitano, told the Los Angeles Times that she a…


New Laws in Calif. Will Allow 4-Year Degrees at 2-Year Colleges and More ‘Dream’ Aid

Gov. Jerry Brown of California acted on Sunday on several bills that affect higher education, including signing into law measures that will allow some of the state’s community colleges to grant four-year degrees and that will let public university students who can’t take out federal loans because of their immigration status borrow from their colleges instead.

With Mr. Brown’s signature on the community-college bill, California joins 21 other states that have given two-year colleges the authority…


UMass Will Review Informant Program After Student’s Death

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst will review its use of students as confidential informants after an article, published on Sunday by The Boston Globe, revealed that one of the informants, who used heroin, overdosed less than a year after he began working with the campus police. Specifically, the university will consider requiring informants in drug cases to seek help for their addiction.

Sunday’s article chronicled the case of a 20-year-old student whom campus police officers had caugh…


Lehigh U. Reaches Pact With U.S. to Resolve Racial-Bias Complaint

Lehigh University has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education to resolve a graduate’s complaint alleging that the university mishandled race-related incidents, The Morning Call reported.

The department’s Office for Civil Rights had been investigating a complaint of a racially hostile environment on the campus. The complaint was filed by a 1977 Lehigh graduate who asserted that the university had failed to report an incident of racially charged vandalism at Lehigh’s multicult…


Crash Kills 4 Members of North Central Texas College Softball Team

[Updated, 9/28/2014, 9 p.m.]

Four members of the North Central Texas College women’s softball team were killed on Friday night when a tractor-trailer crossed the median and crashed into their bus on Interstate 35 in Oklahoma, according to reports by The Dallas Morning News and The Oklahoman.

The crash also injured a dozen other people on the bus, which was carrying the team home from a scrimmage against Southern Nazarene University, in Bethany, Okla.

The Oklahoma State Highway Patrol identified…


Ousted Band Director Sues Ohio State U. Over Firing

The former marching-band director at Ohio State University has sued the institution for firing him after an investigation found a “sexualized culture” in the band, The Columbus Dispatch reports.

The lawsuit asserts that the university violated Jonathan Waters’s due-process rights when it fired him, in July. It also says Mr. Waters was discriminated against because of his gender. Mr. Waters is seeking his job back and at least $1-million.

Alumni of the band have decried Mr. Waters’s firing, even …


Colgate Students End 100-Hour Sit-In After Agreement With Administration

After 100 hours, students at Colgate University have ended their sit-in at the New York college’s admissions office, saying they and the administration had agreed on a plan to combat intolerance on the campus, according to a news release on the university’s website.

The overarching student group, the Asso…


U. of South Dakota Students Question Notification in Alleged Voyeurism Case

Students at the University of South Dakota are raising concerns about crime-notification procedures after a former student was accused of videotaping students showering and then later charged in connection with an alleged off-campus rape, the Argus Leader reported.

Daniel R. Hammer, 18, was arrested on August 28 on charges that he had recorded and photographed women taking showers in a dormitory. University officials then banned him from the four-dorm North Complex, which includes the building w…


U.S. College Enrollment Drops for 2nd Year in a Row, Census Bureau Reports

College enrollment dropped by 463,000 students from 2012 to 2013, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released on Wednesday. It is the second year in a row that college enrollment dropped nationally. According to the statistics, a 10-percent enrollment drop at two-year colleges fueled the overall decline. Enrollment at four-year colleges grew by 1 percent.

Here’s a Census graph comparing the number of students enrolled, sector by sector, during the past few years:

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