Higher Education

Ohio bill would protect students’ faith

(The Center Square) – Professors at Ohio colleges and universities could be required to accommodate students’ religious beliefs and practices if a bill recently passed by the House becomes law. The “Testing Your Faith Act,” according to co-sponsor Rep. Gary Click, R-Vickery, would eliminate the potential of having to choose between academic standing and religion for students…
Higher Education May 11th, 2022

Study shows university diversity, equity and inclusion programs ineffective, overstaffed

(The Center Square) – The promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion, or DEI, on college campuses has become a big focus in academia, but a study says many of the programs are bloated and have a high taxpayer cost. The Heritage Foundation found that colleges’ vast DEI bureaucracy has little to do with students’ satisfaction with…

Viewpoint diversity, so rare at other universities, is par for the course at Pepperdine’s School of Public Policy

Many college graduates say they were basically forced to regurgitate their professors’ political views in essays and tests. Not at Pepperdine University. “We have a real emphasis here on viewpoint diversity,” says Pete Peterson, dean of Pepperdine’s School of Public Policy (SPP). “We are a school of politics, and we maintain that diversity of views is…

UM gets $1.25 million to help middle schoolers in core subjects

(The Center Square) – A federally funded program to help middle school students improve in math, science and language arts showed favorable outcomes and will be increased and extended through the University of Missouri. The National Institutes of Health awarded a new $1.25 million Science Education Partnership Award to the university to create teaching resources and…

State colleges look to expand high school programs to boost sagging enrollment

Like their counterparts nationally, many of Florida’s locally governed public colleges experienced enrollment declines before the pandemic that only grew steeper after its onset. Also like their counterparts, these post-secondary schools, which, like state universities, are coordinated under the jurisdiction of the State Board of Education, have been exploring and adopting strategies to fill their seats. Valencia College…

Repeat Northwest Missouri State college basketball champ gives glory to God

Trevor Hudgins is one of the most decorated players in Division II basketball history. Yet alongside all the hard work and success, Hudgins recognizes that his faith in God paved the way. The four-year starter for the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats only lost five games in his entire college career. Hudgins played a significant role in…

Missouri bill would let students graduate early and use their school funds for college

(The Center Square) – Students graduating early from high school and advancing to a postsecondary institution would receive 90% of the funding spent on them by their school district under a proposed bill in the Missouri Legislature. The “Show Me Success Diploma Program” is one of three initiatives Rep. Doug Richey, R-Excelsior Springs, is hoping to…

Iowa U.S. Senators propose bill mandating disclosure of total interest on student loans

(The Center Square) – College students would learn the estimated total interest they would pay on an education loan before they take it out if a law proposed by Iowa’s U.S. senators becomes law. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, joined Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, in proposing the measure to address student…

Virginia Lab school funding remains topic of budget negotiations

(The Center Square) – One of Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s school choice proposals, the creation of university-partnered laboratory schools, will remain part of the budget negotiations, which were suspended until a future special session. Lab schools would be K-12 schools run by a college or university. They would focus on developing and testing different education models…

Louisiana higher ed officials explain why they want more state money

(The Center Square) — Louisiana higher education officials testified before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, fielding questions on requested increases in student aid, a dip in the TOPS scholarship program and efforts to keep graduates in state, among other issues. The hearing centered on Gov. John Bel Edwards’ proposed spending increase of $111 million across…