Higher Education Headlines
Obama Takes Steps to Assure Quality of Education Programs That Recruit Veterans
Who's in First (Generation)?
Richer Data on College Applicants Help the Prospects of Low-Income Students
Some SAT Score Reports Are Delayed
Dreaming Of A Day When Hartford Joins The Ranks Of 'College Towns'
Elite colleges look to support first-generation students
Colleges Amp Up Sexual Assault Prevention Strategies
US education levels ‘stagnating’ owing to poor record on minorities
Congress shuts loan program that helps thousands of CT students
Admissions Revolution: 80 colleges and universities announce plan for new application and new approach to preparing high school students
Feds announce FAFSA reform
The change will take effect for students and families seeking federal financial aid for the 2017-18 school year.
More U.S. colleges drop standardized tests
A growing number of U.S. schools are scrapping standardized test scores as part of admission. Washington, D.C.'s George Washington University last month joined more than 850 U.S. colleges and universities that no longer require applicants to take the SAT or ACT, tests that have been a feature of American student life for decades.
Numbers of international students increase
A dozen high school students on a classroom break are all heads down, their fingers flying across smartphones and iPads in a second floor lounge in Sacred Heart University’s brand new business school.
Sponsors vow to reintroduce ‘yes means yes’ legislation
Co-sponsors of a bill that would require all Connecticut colleges and universities to adopt an affirmative-consent policy for sexual assault investigations say they will reintroduce the legislation next year. The bill died at the end of the last legislative session after it failed to come to a vote in the House of Representatives.
Feds experimenting with aid
The U.S. Department of Education continues to work on its plan to grant experimental federal aid eligibility to partnerships between accredited colleges and alternative providers, such as job skills boot camps, coding academies and MOOCs.
Poor hurt most as states cut financial aid
Twelve states plus Washington D.C. now spend more on merit-based aid than need-based aid, and many others have increased funding for scholarships based on academic achievement instead of need. Some states have cut financial aid for everybody, leaving hundreds of thousands of eligible low-income students without help simply because the states' money ran out.
2 + 2 Shouldn't = 5
In many states, community colleges and four-year institutions renew efforts to promote seamless transfer.
Winning or Losing With Sports
Athletic programs at two-year colleges wax and wane depending on student interest and budget realities, but overall the number of programs appears to be holding steady.
Senate sets affirmative-consent standard for campus sex assaults
The Senate voted overwhelmingly late Tuesday to establish an affirmative-consent threshold in cases of sexual assault on all college and university campuses in Connecticut.
College Board Launches STEM 'Credential' Initiative
College- and career-bound students can now gain official recognition for studying science, technology, engineering and math.
Connecticut House votes for expanding use of digital college textbooks
The legislation requires UConn and the Board of Regents for Higher Education to create pilot programs to access some college-level textbooks for free or a minimal cost.