ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico didn't have enough nurses even before the pandemic and nursing advocates renewed their push Thursday for lawmakers to boost funding to increase capacity at nursing schools around the state to remedy a situation made worse by the coronavirus pandemic.
California State University, the largest-four year university system in the country, is poised to eliminate SAT and ACT standardized tests from its undergraduate admissions process, following a trend in higher education over concerns that the exams are unfair to minority and low-income students.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett has announced he is stepping down at the end of his contract, which expires in 2023.
Bennett, the school's first African American president and the first African American president of any predominately white university in the state, announced the decision Friday.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System leaders on Friday chose Jay Rothman, a Milwaukee business attorney with no experience administrating higher education, as the next president running the 26-campus system.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of Minnesotans are taking advantage of the state's offer to cover the cost of training to become a certified nursing assistant.
The state has used $3.5 million in federal relief funding to pay for students' tuition, textbooks and certification exams in hopes of alleviating staffing shortages in long-term care facilities and veterans' homes during the coronavirus pandemic.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Five candidates have been selected to interview for North Dakota State University president, the state Board of Higher Education announced Tuesday.
The prospects will visit Fargo campus later this month.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The chairman of a prominent international law firm based in Milwaukee and the chancellor the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus were announced Friday as finalists to be president of the UW System.
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts commissioner of higher education plans to step down in June at the end of the current academic year, the Department of Higher Education announced Wednesday.
Commissioner Carlos Santiago, who works with leadership and helps shape state-level policies to benefit the state's public community colleges and universities, has held the job since 2015.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials said Monday that the recent surge in COVID-19 cases is forcing them to cut back on investigations and they are encouraging people who test positive to isolate on their own.
HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii Board of Regents plans to address the issue of morale on the university's football team following a legislative hearing that featured testimony from former players and that the university system president criticized as one-sided.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Four students have sued to force the state of Alaska to maintain a fund that provides scholarships to University of Alaska scholars.
The Alaska Higher Education Investment Fund could lose more than $400 million because of legislative budget disputes, Alaska Public Media reported Wednesday.
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Hampshire College has received an anonymous $5 million gift in honor of one of its most famous alumni, award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, that will help the Massachusetts school continue its academic transformation.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota is asking legislators for almost $1 billion in funding next year.
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — An administrator with a commitment to educational and social equity has been selected as the next president of Framingham State University, the Massachusetts school's trustees said.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia's Old Dominion University has received a prestigious designation for being a high-level research institution.
The state school of nearly 25,000 students in Norfolk announced this week that it's now considered to be a “Research 1” institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
FORT VALLEY, Ga. (AP) — An anonymous donor has given $2.5 million to Fort Valley State University — the largest single gift in the school's history, the historically Black university said.
The donation will support the Finish Line initiative, a scholarship program that helps students who would otherwise be unable to finish their degrees because of financial barriers, the school said in a news release.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Crystal Williams, an award-winning poet who currently leads Boston University's diversity and inclusion efforts, has been named the next president of the Rhode Island School of Design, the school's board of trustees announced Thursday.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Some West Virginia University students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are benefiting from a special fundraising program, the university said.
Through the fall semester, $748,062 has been awarded to 730 students.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Political hostility to public education in the Republican-dominated Idaho Legislature is causing some businesses to doubt the wisdom of moving to or expanding in a state that ranks at or near the bottom in what it spends on K-12 students and has one of the nation's worst graduation rates.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — An analysis conducted for the South Dakota Board of Regents shows the significant impact of public higher education on the state's economy.
The state's six public universities supported 12,354 jobs and generated $2.1 billion in annual economic impact in fiscal 2019, according to the analysis by the consulting firm, Parker Philips, Inc.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan bill introduced in the state Assembly would give the University of Wisconsin System authority over tuition reciprocity with Minnesota.
The legislation would also let UW campuses keep additional revenue from students paying Minnesota tuition rates, revenue that is currently deposited into Wisconsin's state budget.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri high school students will have to score a little higher on the ACT exam in the future to receive the state's main merit-based college scholarship.
The state higher education department said Wednesday that the ACT score needed to receive the maximum $3,000 from the Bright Flight scholarship will increase from 31 to 32 for high school students graduating in 2023.
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida college is eliminating $1.2 million in student debt to alleviate financial hardships brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
Almost 1,300 students at Polk State College in Winter Haven received the good news just in time for the holidays.
Key Republican lawmakers offered a critical assessment of Kentucky State University but acknowledged its historic role in higher education as they grapple with requests from the turmoil-ridden campus for help in shoring up the school's precarious finances.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A historically Black medical college in Tennessee is giving students an early Thanksgiving gift — $10,000 in cash.
Meharry Medical College President James E.K. Hildreth announced the gift Monday, telling students they would receive it Wednesday.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is facing calls from faculty to boost the state's public university system by launching a university endowment — a step dozens of other states have taken.
Lawmakers on the state Senate higher education committee held a hearing Monday as the state budget process continues.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A partnership with four large Louisville employers will connect graduates of Jefferson County Public Schools with job opportunities, postsecondary enrollment or both, Kentucky Gov.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Kay Ivey's chief of staff, former U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, was named president of the University of South Alabama on Wednesday over two candidates with more degrees and experience in higher education.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University will honor Harold A. Franklin, the university’s first African American student, with a desegregation marker dedication ceremony.
The ceremony will be held on Thursday at the Ralph Brown Draughon Library where a plaza was recently created to accompany the marker, WSFA-TV reported.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Higher education officials should comply with a state law that forbids a school from funneling grant money to a person or organization that promotes or performs abortions, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said in an opinion Wednesday.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Fall enrollment at Indiana's public colleges has declined again statewide, with only Indiana and Purdue universities’ flagship campuses and some Ivy Tech Community College sites reporting gains.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The leader of Louisiana's largest university system has a new hobby in his off hours, pursuing a law degree.
University of Louisiana System President Jim Henderson is taking law classes at night through the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, and has reached his second year in the program.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Brad Smith was introduced as Marshall's 38th president on Thursday, a higher education newcomer who was CEO of software company Intuit for more than a decade.
The university’s board of governors announced Smith’s selection during a meeting on the Huntington campus.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Board of Higher Education said Thursday that university presidents and system leaders should have the flexibility to decide what to do about President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Enrollment declines at North Dakota's institutions of higher learning haven't been as steep as elsewhere since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
According to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, enrollment across the country at colleges and universities is down 6.5% compared to two years ago, which is the largest two-year enrollment drop in the last 50 years.
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Students at state colleges and universities will be able to opt out of some fees under a plan approved by the Idaho State Board of Education on Thursday.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — New road signs are being installed to recognize Kentucky's two historically Black colleges and universities, officials said.
Gov. Andy Beshear joined local leaders and higher education officials on Wednesday at Simmons College in Louisville to announce the signs recognizing that institution and Kentucky State University in Frankfort.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's top higher education board is asking for a nearly $220 million state budget increase next year, saying the money would aid its work to boost the number of people obtaining degrees and professional certifications beyond high school.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of Oklahoma students and educators on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a law that bans the teaching of certain concepts of race and racism.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The chairman of the University of Louisiana System's governing board announced Monday he's stepping down after the governor named him to another position.
Chairman James Carter was named to the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans by Gov.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — As the third president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Francis Amasa Walker helped usher the school into national prominence in the late 1800s.
But another part of his legacy has received renewed attention amid the nation's reckoning with racial justice: his role in shaping the nation’s hardline policies toward Native Americans as a former head of the U.S.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard, already the nation's wealthiest university, grew its endowment to more than $53 billion in the latest fiscal year, the Ivy League school reported in its annual financial report released Thursday.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Total enrollment at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities has declined to the lowest level in decades, according to data released Monday.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The trustees of the Vermont State College System have approved renaming three of the schools Vermont State University.
The board unanimously approved the unifying name for Vermont Technical College, Castleton University and Northern Vermont University on Wednesday, despite opposition from some students, alumni, faculty and community members.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The president of Emporia State University in Kansas was chosen Friday as the next chancellor of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
Allison Garrett, the first woman selected as chancellor, will succeed Glen Johnson, who is retiring Nov.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Women in Afghanistan can continue to study in universities, including at post-graduate levels, but classrooms will be gender-segregated and Islamic dress is compulsory, the Taliban government's new higher education minister said Sunday.
ATLANTA (AP) — Protests from faculty members are still rising in Georgia's public universities, although leaders of Georgia's university system are not backing down from their position that schools can't require masks or vaccines.
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike are giving people in high-risk settings another two weeks to receive an initial dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, they announced Friday.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson on Thursday urged the Legislature and Gov. Tony Evers to set up a task force to re-examine every aspect of higher education in the state.