Provosts Survey Covers Impact of Me Too Movement on Campuses
This year’s Inside Higher Ed Survey of Chief Academic Officers marks the first time the survey features questions concerning the Me Too movement. The 2019 edition reflects answers from 475 provosts and chief academic officers while they face pressure to address harassment issues on college campuses. Some survey’s highlights include: 46 percent of provosts reported having at least one faculty member facing harassment allegations in the past year. 69 percent of provosts agree that higher education has tolerated harassment by faculty members for far too long. Click here for more on the 2019 Inside Higher Ed Survey of Chief Academic Officers.
Tax Reform’s Impact on Colleges and Universities
One year after the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, colleges and universities are still reeling from tax reform. Higher education leaders have sought guidance from the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department concerning key issues like the excise tax and Opportunity Zones. Institutions are uncertain of the long-term impact the new tax laws will have on donors. While a drop in major donations could be a problem for some institutions, some experts are skeptical that wealthier donors will close their wallets because of tax reform. More on tax reform’s impact on colleges and universities is available on the Inside Higher Ed website.
Retirees Secure Housing Spots at Arizona State
A new housing complex set to open at Arizona State University next year will include a surprising group of college students. Senior citizens have reserved their spots at the on-campus housing that will serve as a retirement community with a college twist. Residents will be free to enroll in classes, use campus facilities, and mentor younger students. Arizona State’s housing complex catering to senior citizens reflects a rising trend of privately-owned, on-campus retirement communities. More on Arizona State’s retirement community is available on the Inside Higher Ed website.
Colleges Told Not to Worry About GDPR Compliance
Six months after the European Union announced the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), U.S. colleges and universities are still unsure how to comply with the data protection and privacy rules. To ease concerns, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck lawyer Esteban Morin recently advised university IT leaders not to panic if they are just beginning to develop a compliance plan. He noted that many institutions and companies are still starting their compliance efforts and the European Union is struggling to enforce its GDPR rules. However, Morin warned institutions not to be complacent and expect enforcement of the data-privacy rules in the next. Read More.
130 Universities Seek Improving Student Success Rates
Details have been announced regarding a major cross-institutional collaborative project aimed to boost college student success rates. Named Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success, the project features 130 universities that will work together in 16 clusters to increase student access and completion rates and close equity gaps. Efforts are being led by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, which has asked participating universities for a five-year commitment to help graduate several hundred thousand college students during that span. The project will rely on data sharing among the universities, especially within the clusters where institutions will use standard metrics on. Read More.
Topics: Colleges & Universities
NAICU President to Retire
After 25 years of leading the country’s organization of private nonprofit colleges, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (“NAICU”) president David Warren is retiring. Warren will step down next summer after helping lead the Student Aid Alliance to help with federal funds for college students, co-chairing the National Campus Voter Registration Project to encourage student participation in the electoral process, and creating the University and College Accountability Network to offer an alternative to federal accountability systems. In a statement on Warren’s retirement, American Council on Education president Ted Mitchell said Warren stood for the best that U.S. higher education. Read More.