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.
Education Department Reconsidering State Authorization Rule Changes
For the third time in a decade, Department of Education officials are attempting to change the state authorization regulations for distance learning. Department officials want to simplify the rules for online programs operating in multiple states. Earlier in January, officials proposed eliminating Obama-era rules that required institutions with online programs to show they are authorized to operate in each state with enrolled students who receive federal financial aid. Scrapping the rules falls in line with the Trump administration’s deregulation agenda, but recent talks with the distance learning and educational innovation subcommittee ended with department officials walking back the proposal to remove the. Read More.
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.
Education Department Proposes Title IX Changes
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has issued a proposed rule that would curtail a college institution’s obligations to investigate on-campus sexual misconduct. The rule change would add protections for college students accused of sexual misconduct, and it would allow institutions to investigate misconduct that occurred within programs they sanction. In addition, colleges would be responsible for investigating cases when a formal complaint is submitted to appropriate campus officials. While DeVos said the rule would improve the process of resolving complaints, women’s groups and other advocates argue that it would undermine victims’ rights and open the possibility to off-campus assaults or. Read More.
Education Department Sanctions Howard University
Fallout continues from Howard University’s financial aid scandal earlier this year. The Department of Education has placed the historically black university on heightened cash monitoring 2 status, meaning that Howard can get federal funding only after it distributes financial aid to students. The restrictions could create additional financial instability at Howard, which has faced budget and financial issues in recent years. An internal investigation revealed fraud and misappropriation of funds in its financial aid office and led to the termination of six employees. More on Howard’s financial aid restrictions is available on Inside Higher Ed.
Government Funding for Higher Education Gains Support
A study from Columbia University’s Teachers College has discovered that most Americans support government funding for higher education and view the return on investments of colleges and universities as a positive. Based on the responses to “Americans’ Views of Higher Education as a Public and Private Good,” three-fourths of those surveyed consider public funding of higher education as either an excellent (44 percent) or good (32 percent) investment. In addition, approximately half of respondents support higher government spending on institutions (52 percent on community colleges; 50 percent on four-year schools). More on this survey is available on the Inside Higher Ed website.