Latest Higher education News

Making sense of college financial aid letters

Apr. 21, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

Congratulations - you are considering college! But first, paying for it: Students who applied for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, should be receiving their award letters right about now. Different schools have different names for these letters: financial aid offer,...

Trump's legal team breathes a sigh, takes a victory lap

Apr. 20, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — First they cooperated. Then they stonewalled. Their television interviews were scattershot and ridiculed, their client mercurial and unreliable. But President Donald Trump's legal team, through a combination of bluster, legal precedent and shifting tactics, managed to protect their client...

Michigan State star Winston coming back, Ward leaving

Apr. 19, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — All-America guard Cassius Winston wants to accomplish more at Michigan State. He is coming back for his senior season. "It will always be my goal to play in the NBA, but that's a dream that can wait a year," Winston said Friday. Teammate Nick Ward said he is entering the draft...

NCAA rejects mandatory 2-year commitment to grad transfers

Apr. 19, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

A proposal to require a graduate transfer to count against a team's scholarship total for two years in football and basketball has been rejected by the NCAA. The Division I Council on Friday voted down a proposal that could have tapped the brakes on the de facto free agency created by a rule originally intended...

Chem professor on leave after Nazi gas chamber exam question

Apr. 18, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — A chemistry professor whose exam question asked students to calculate the lethal dose of a poisonous gas used in Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust has taken a leave of absence, Middlebury College said. The Vermont liberal arts college said that it's investigating under the terms...

Jim Beam donation to create Kentucky spirits institute

Apr. 18, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Jim Beam bourbon says it will donate $5 million to the University of Kentucky to establish the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits to teach the next generation of master distillers. Beam Suntory top executive Albert Baladi says the donation is an investment in bourbon's...

Military academies begin to follow military transgender ban

Apr. 17, 2019 9:35 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The elite academies that educate officers for the nation's armed forces have begun to implement the Trump administration's ban on transgender service members. The U.S. Naval Academy will ban people who are transgender from attending the school, beginning with the 2020 school year. The...

West Virginia's Huggins signs 2 junior college guards

Apr. 17, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has added a pair of junior college guards to its men's basketball roster for next season. Coach Bob Huggins announced Wednesday the signings of 6-foot-4 players Sean McNeil and Tajzmel "Taz" Sherman. McNeil, a native of Union, Kentucky, averaged 29.7 points and more...

Tick, tick, tick: Alaska braces for invading parasites

Apr. 17, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Health and wildlife officials are taking steps to prepare for potentially dangerous parasites that could gain a foothold because of Alaska's warming climate. Non-native ticks represent a threat to wildlife and people because they can carry and transmit pathogens, said Micah Hahn,...

University freshman dead after suspected fraternity hazing

Apr. 17, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A university student in upstate New York died Wednesday following suspected hazing that has led to an indefinite suspension of fraternity and sorority activities. University at Buffalo freshman Sebastian Serafin-Bazan, 18, had been hospitalized since early Friday after the suspected...