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Higher Education Quick Takes

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May 8, 2020

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are planning to propose adding more money for education aid for states in the next coronavirus relief package, a House Democratic aide told Inside Higher Ed.

democratic lawmakers said they want to add more money for state and local governments, which face large budget shortfalls from the economic fallout from the pandemic. and representative bobby scott, the virginia democrat who leads the education committee, said during a morning call with reporters that helping states is essential for preventing cuts to education, including higher education.

幸运飞艇猜前三“if we don’t help states with their revenue estimates, they have to balance their budgets and -- to a large extent -- we believe it’s going to come at the expense of education, so we have to come up with state and local funding,” he said, but he didn’t mention giving higher education additional money beyond the $14 billion the cares act provided for higher education, which included emergency grants for students.

democrats, who control the house, are working on their proposal for a new stimulus package, and it’s unclear if their proposal will include an amount anywhere close to the additional in funding colleges and universities have said they need. associations representing the industry also are pushing for the state aid to come with requirements to not cut state funding for higher education.

however, the aide said in a statement, “in addition to flexible state aid, house democrats strongly believe that services like k-12 and higher education need dedicated funding. just as in the cares act, we will provide dedicated education funding in addition to state and local fiscal relief.”

May 8, 2020

the american college health association has for reopening campuses. the guidelines say colleges “can anticipate restrictions and limitations in activities will be in place for the next 12-18 months, if not longer” and that “resumption of activities will be gradual and phased based on local public health conditions as well as institutional capacity.”

幸运飞艇猜前三“return to an active on-campus environment will depend upon widespread testing, contact tracing and isolation/quarantine of ill and exposed individuals both on campus and in the community,” the document said. “planners should prepare for the likelihood of a local rebound of infections that may result in a return to more restrictive mitigation measures and physical distancing for periods of time.”

幸运飞艇猜前三other key concepts underlying the acha guidelines include the ethical imperative to protect the most vulnerable populations: the guidelines note some individuals may need to observe social distancing for a longer period of time. the guidelines also say “meticulous adherence to public health practices, including hand hygiene, physical distancing, proper cough/sneeze etiquette, frequent disinfection of common and high traffic areas, symptom assessment, temperature checks and face covering” is “the new normal” for campuses.

“until a vaccine for covid-19 is available and widely used or until an effective prophylactic treatment is discovered, physical distancing, viral testing, isolation, quarantine and contact tracing are our best strategies to control the spread of this virus,” according to the guidelines. “decisions to ease covid-19 distancing restrictions must be based on the best available scientific data and the rapid availability of testing. campus experts, in collaboration with public health officials, are best positioned to inform and advise campus leadership on when to resume operations.”

May 8, 2020

Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland on Thursday that would have given the state's historically black colleges and universities $580 million to settle a long-running lawsuit accusing the state of discriminating against the institutions. In a letter to legislators, Hogan, a Republican, said the economic impact of the state's response to the novel coronavirus epidemic "makes it impossible to fund any new programs, impose any new tax hikes, nor adopt any legislation having any significant fiscal impact, regardless of the merits of the legislation." Hogan said the state expected its revenue to decline by 50 percent over the next three months.

the state senate's president, bill ferguson, criticized the veto, saying that instead of building for a strong future after the crisis, hogan had chosen to "foreclose hope, leaving maryland families and historically black colleges and universities with an open question for the future."

May 8, 2020

幸运飞艇猜前三four republican senators thursday calling on him to suspend the optional practical training program, a program that allows international students to stay in the u.s. to work for up to three years after graduating while staying on their student visas.

the letter from senators tom cotton, of arkansas; ted cruz, of texas; chuck grassley, of iowa; and josh hawley, of missouri, argues that “there is certainly no reason to allow foreign students to stay for three additional years just to take jobs that would otherwise go to unemployed americans as our economy recovers.”

the letter also calls on trump to suspend certain categories of guest worker visa programs, including the h-1b skilled worker program, which is used by many in higher education-related jobs.

幸运飞艇猜前三the ability to work in the u.s. after graduating through opt is attractive to many international students. a study commissioned by the business roundtable in 2018 found that reducing international student enrollment and opt participation would negatively affect the economy and lead to job losses, a result the study said “reinforces the findings of myriad prior studies that show that foreign-born workers actually create jobs for native-born workers on aggregate, rather than displace them.”

幸运飞艇猜前三before the pandemic, the trump administration to rewrite the rules governing practical training programs for international students, but the administration has not provided details of its plans.

May 8, 2020

Arizona State University幸运飞艇猜前三 will continue to produce publicly available COVID-19 modeling despite being told by the Arizona Department of Health Services to "pause" that work, .

On Monday, the state's bureau chief of public health statistics, S. Robert Bailey, wrote to a modeling team of professors from ASU and the University of Arizona and asked them to pause all work on pandemic projections and modeling. The state also ended the researchers' access to special data sets. Arizona will instead be relying on a model from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is not available to the public, the newspaper reported.

幸运飞艇猜前三bailey's request came shortly after doug ducey, arizona's republican governor, announced plans to begin lifting social distancing restrictions in coming days. reopening at the end of may was the only scenario that would not result in a large increase in covid-19 cases, the model from the two universities had found.

In a statement to the Republic, ASU confirmed it had received the request from the state to pause the modeling, and that the team would continue its work.

"moving forward, asu will continue to perform its covid-19 research, and will make these updates publicly available during the ongoing covid-19 pandemic," asu said.

幸运飞艇猜前三u.s. senator kyrsten sinema, an arizona democrat, on twitter that asu and the university of arizona will continue to produce the models. "i plan to rely on their findings and conclusions in my work to keep arizonans healthy, safe and economically secure."

May 8, 2020

幸运飞艇猜前三the board of regents for the university system of georgia for a plan to possibly cut jobs or furlough employees. the system said it is working with its 26 colleges and universities to develop a new spending plan for the 2021 fiscal year that would feature a 14 percent reduction from the current fiscal year. georgia's tax revenues dropped by roughly $1 billion in april.

幸运飞艇猜前三most faculty and staff members would be required to take either four or eight furlough days under the plan, depending on their salary. those with the largest base salaries will be required to take 16 furlough days, the equivalent of a 6.2 percent pay cut. the system chancellor and all presidents across the system will take a 10 percent pay cut, which includes 26 furlough days.

幸运飞艇猜前三the system said its institutions and the system office also may need to eliminate jobs to address the immediate impact of revenue and funding losses.

幸运飞艇猜前三“employees of the university system of georgia and our 26 colleges and universities continue to show resilience and dedication despite facing uncertainty and unprecedented challenges during the covid-19 pandemic,” steve wrigley, the system's chancellor, said in a written statement. “their work has been instrumental in supporting not only usg’s 333,000 students, but thousands of georgians across the state. i deeply appreciate the contributions of our employees impacted by these measures, and ask all of us to show our respect, compassion and gratitude for their service to our students.”

May 8, 2020

Today on the Academic Minute, Felipa Chavez, assistant professor of psychology at Florida Institute of Technology, explores what can be done to combat kids' anxiety caused by social media. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

May 7, 2020

new federal data show a substantial drop in renewals of the free application for federal student aid by returning college students, according to an from the national college attainment network.

almost 250,000 fewer returning students from the lowest-income backgrounds have renewed their fafsa for the 2020-21 cycle, ncan said, and fafsa renewals were down nearly 5 percent over all (4.7 percent) compared to last year -- a decline of more than 350,000 students.

the drop in renewals during this aid cycle has more than doubled since the end of february, when total completions were 2.3 percent lower than on the same date last year, according to the group, which has created a to view the fafsa renewal data.

幸运飞艇猜前三the decrease is even steeper among students from low-income backgrounds, the analysis found. through april 15, the total number of renewals from students with annual family incomes of less than $25,000 was down by more than 8 percent, compared to a 4 percent decline for those with family incomes of $25,000 to $50,000, and just 1 percent for those with incomes of more than $50,000.

幸运飞艇猜前三the pandemic and conversion by colleges and universities to online instruction appears to have accelerated declines in fafsa renewals. ncan said the downward trend "is deeply troubling" and suggests students are uncertain about continuing their postsecondary educations.

幸运飞艇猜前三“fafsa completion is a strong indicator of postsecondary enrollment, so we should carefully monitor fafsa renewal as a predictor of emerging fall enrollment trends,” kim cook, the group's executive director, said in a statement.

May 7, 2020

Loyola University New Orleans Wednesday that it has gone test blind, meaning that it will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.

幸运飞艇猜前三that differs from test optional, in which those applicants who submit test scores have them considered. hundreds of colleges have gone test optional, many of them in the last two months, citing the covid-19 pandemic. but very few colleges -- including hampshire college and northern illinois university -- have gone test blind.

May 7, 2020

Today on the Academic Minute, Jonathan Preston, associate professor in the department of communication sciences and disorders at Syracuse University, looks into the mouth to find out how to treat speech disorders. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

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