MacKenzie Scott announces more donations to colleges, higher ed groups

Dive Brief: Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott announced Tuesday she donated to at least 31 colleges with students from “chronically underserved” communities as part of a $2.7 billion giving spree that also included several higher education groups. Scott gave to 286 groups in all. Scott, who gave hundreds of millions of dollars to colleges last year, … Read more

2 Philadelphia universities vote for merger plan

Dive Brief: Two Philadelphia universities took a significant step toward an acquisition when they announced a formal merger agreement last week, outlining a process to be completed in the summer of 2022. Terms call for the 2,400-student University of the Sciences to merge into the 6,800-student Saint Joseph’s University, creating a larger institution keeping the … Read more

6 charts showing the state of college enrollment in spring 2021

The higher education sector didn’t get a reprieve from the enrollment losses that defined the fall term, new data shows. Instead, the numbers from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found a few enduring trends.   National Student Clearinghouse Research Center Spring 2021 Enrollment Estimates   Public two-year schools again reported the steepest enrollment declines … Read more

Colleges hope to bring more international students to campus this fall

Dive Brief: Most international students studied in-person this spring at more than half of 414 colleges and universities surveyed by the Institute of International Education.  Applications from this group are up at 43% of responding colleges for the next academic year, nearly double the share saying so a year ago. International students could still face … Read more

Is online campus counseling here to stay?

Before COVID-19 came to campus, mental health treatment was an in-person affair. Fewer than 8% of colleges offered telephone therapy in 2019, and only 3% offered video, a survey of campus counseling center directors worldwide showed. But when the coronavirus forced classes nationwide to go online in March 2020, it did the same to campus … Read more

Feedback on PASSHE mergers highlights extent of opposition

Dive Brief: Public opposition persists against the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s plan to merge six of its institutions into two. The 14-university system published hundreds of written statements from the public ahead of virtual hearings this week to hear feedback on the proposal. The comments were largely against it.   PASSHE leaders argue the … Read more

AAUP council sanctions 6 colleges over governance violations

Dive Brief:  The American Association of University Professors’ governing council voted to sanction six of eight colleges it investigated earlier this year over reports of governance violations, the faculty organization announced this week.  AAUP publishes the sanctions to inform instructors and the public that “unsatisfactory conditions of academic government exist” at those schools, according to … Read more

600,000 fewer students enrolled in college this spring, survey finds

Dive Brief:  College enrollment fell 3.5% in the spring term compared to the prior year, representing about 600,000 fewer students and marking the steepest annual drop in a decade, according to final figures from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.  A 4.9% drop in undergraduates, or roughly 727,000 students, fueled the decline Graduate enrollment, which … Read more