Graduate school applications rose 7.3% in fall 2020, report finds

Dive Brief:  First-time graduate enrollment increased 1.8% in the fall of 2020 over the year before, while graduate applications rose 7.3% during that period, according to new data from the Council of Graduate Schools.  According to the council’s announcement, first-time enrollment of underrepresented minorities grew at a “healthy pace” between fall of 2019 and 2020. … Read more

Class-action lawsuit against for-profit Vista College seeks tuition refunds for abrupt closure

Dive Brief:  Dozens of Vista College students who were enrolled at one of the chain’s Texas campuses when the for-profit institution abruptly closed earlier this month have joined a proposed class-action lawsuit filed this week against the institution’s parent company and top officials. The lawsuit alleges that Vista College’s owners made misrepresentations to boost enrollment, … Read more

Ex-USC dean indicted in alleged scheme to get kickbacks for social work school

Dive Brief:  A former dean at the University of Southern California and a Los Angeles politician have been indicted after a federal corruption investigation unearthed allegations they worked together to illegally steer public money into the institution’s school of social work.  Marilyn Louise Flynn, who previously served as dean of the university’s social work school, … Read more

A Mississippi think tank calls for a ‘diversity of thought’ audit at public colleges. Will it gain traction with lawmakers?

Dive Brief: A conservative think tank in Mississippi is calling for an audit of the state’s public colleges to ensure they support diverse thinking, one of a series of recommendations coming as Republicans across the U.S. rail against critical race theory. A report from the Mississippi Center for Public Policy also urges donors to withhold … Read more

Georgia’s higher ed system OKs new tenure policies. Faculty fear they will harm the treasured concept.

Dive Brief:  The University System of Georgia’s governing board approved policies Wednesday that some faculty members say will undermine tenure across the state’s public colleges and universities.   The new policies will make it easier for tenured faculty members to be dismissed for reasons other than what are typical grounds for removal or if they don’t … Read more

University’s lawsuit seeks to bill insurer for coronavirus-related losses

Dive Brief: Johnson & Wales University filed a lawsuit against its insurer, American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Co., saying it did not process claims for pandemic-related expenses and lost revenue that should have been covered by policies the university purchased. The private, nonprofit university absorbed losses totaling “many millions of dollars” because of closures and … Read more

For-profit chain Vista College closes abruptly, files for bankruptcy protection

Dive Brief:  The owner of Vista College, a chain of for-profit schools, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection Monday after last week suddenly shuttering campuses and saying it would close down operations.  In a letter to students, Vista College said it was “unable to continue due to financial circumstances.” It said it was still in compliance … Read more