Latest Higher education News

New rules: Foreign pupils must leave US if classes go online

Jul. 6, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

International students will be forced to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools offer classes entirely online this fall, under new guidelines issued Monday by federal immigration authorities. The guidelines, issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, provide additional pressure...

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2018, file photo, artist Karyn Olivier creates contextual art around the University of Kentucky's controversial 1930s mural, seen on the wall in the background, in Memorial Hall in Lexington, Ky. A Kentucky writer and his wife sued the university Monday, July 6, 2020, to try to stop the removal of the mural that has been the object of protest for its depictions of Black people and Native Americans. University President Eli Capilouto announced in June 2020 that the mural would be coming down. Meanwhile, the National Coalition Against Censorship made public a letter that separately asks the university to halt its plans, saying it would negate the work of Olivier, a Black artist who created an installation that responds to the mural. (Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

Author sues to stop removal of controversial Kentucky mural

Jul. 6, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Award-winning Kentucky writer Wendell Berry and his wife sued the University of Kentucky on Monday to try to stop the removal of a mural that has been the object of protest for its depictions of Black people and Native Americans. University President Eli Capilouto announced last month...

In this undated photo provided by Southern Utah Athletics, Ghita Nassik hits the ball during tennis practice at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. Southern Utah announced June 23, 2020, it was eliminating its men’s and women’s tennis programs effective immediately due to budget cuts brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. (Joey DeGraaf/Southern Utah Athletics  via AP)

As schools ponder cutting sports, tennis proves vulnerable

Jul. 6, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

The promise of college tennis lured Abhimanyu Vannemreddy from his home in India to the United States, where he settled in at Winthrop in South Carolina. Now he’s pondering his future thousands of miles away from his family as financial reality crashes down on his sport. Winthrop announced last month that...

A police officer walks outside the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Justices rule states can bind presidential electors' votes

Jul. 6, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a decision flavored with references to “Hamilton” and “Veep,” the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that states can require presidential electors to back their states’ popular vote winner in the Electoral College. The ruling, in cases in...

Colleges' reopening plans could have bigger impact in Maine

Jul. 6, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — There's going to be a ripple effect through the Maine economy as colleges decide whether to reopen this fall. A report issued in June by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston found that Maine leads the region in terms of the number of municipalities that are heavily dependent on...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019 file photo, students walk near the Widener Library in Harvard Yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. The Ivy League school announced Monday, July 6, 2020, that as the coronavirus pandemic continues its freshman class will be invited to live on campus this fall, while most other undergraduates will be required learn remotely from home. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Harvard invites freshmen to campus, but classes stay online

Jul. 6, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University's freshman class will be invited to live on campus this fall, while most other undergraduates will be required to learn remotely from home, the Ivy League school announced Monday. University officials decided to allow only 40% of undergraduates on campus in an...

Editorial Roundup:

Jul. 6, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

The Detroit News. July 4, 2020. True school choice still eludes Michigan The U.S. Supreme Court last week made a stand for school choice and religious liberty. Yet while Michigan choice proponents can share in that victory from afar, families here aren’t likely to see any tangible change. The ruling...

University renames hall after namesake called segregationist

Jul. 6, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A university in Mississippi removed the name of a former president from a residence hall after a petition called the man a segregationist. On Friday, Belhaven University in Jackson announced it would change the Guy T. Gillespie Hall to Lakeview Hall, news outlets reported. Gillespie...

Aspiring North Dakota opera singer heads to grad school

Jul. 6, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Nathan Bowles, a local operatic singer, is heading off to graduate school in the fall for voice performance, hoping to do what he loves most for a living. Bowles is a recent Minot State University graduate, earning his bachelor’s in the Science of Education in Music last December....

FILE - In this June 27, 2020, file photo, Saltillo High School seniors make their way to the football field as the sun begins to set for their graduation ceremony in Saltillo, Miss. The number of high school seniors applying for U.S. federal college aid plunged in the weeks following the sudden closure of school buildings this spring — a time when students were cut off from school counselors, and families hit with financial setbacks were reconsidering plans for higher education. (Thomas Wells/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP, File)

Amid pandemic, fewer students seek federal aid for college

Jul. 6, 2020 12:26 AM EDT

The number of high school seniors applying for U.S. federal college aid plunged in the weeks following the sudden closure of school buildings this spring — a time when students were cut off from school counselors, and families hit with financial setbacks were reconsidering plans for higher education. In...