Policy and Legal Affairs

Are you in the loop with 5 big regulatory changes?

On Monday, three higher ed regulations will take effect, raising some employee wages and expanding government's ability to oversee financial aid disbursement and underperforming academic programs.

Mergers and acquisitions: Don’t let finances blindside you

Consolidating can be the lifeline for smaller colleges. However, such the financial shock that drives the transaction often comes by surprise. Here's what to look out for and what steps to take if a merger is inevitable.

Colleges find a DEI makeover is a useful sidestep—for now

School leaders who wish to comply with new regulations while simultaneously ensuring they're appealing to diverse student bodies are parrying legislative restrictions with a simple yet sly strategy: rebranding their DEI offices.

Biden moves back on the offensive on student loans, targets “runaway interest”

President Joe Biden is following through with a plan B to alleviate the country's student loan crisis, pivoting away from blanket relief for all borrowers to focus on those struggling with growing balances.

Distance education via online learning may be in a for a huge shake-up due to this proposal

While an agreement that allows smaller schools to provide online learning free of complicated compliance measures may be in peril, some experts believe the need for stronger consumer protection outweighs the negatives.

These are the states with the highest student enrollment rates

Michael Dinich, founder and CEO of Wealth of Geeks, believes each state's enrollment reflects state policies supporting students on their postsecondary academic journey. Of the five states with the highest rate of college-going learners, four prove this is the case.

Which college, university leaders are speaking out against anti-DEI efforts?

As colleges and universities across Florida and Texas are forced to shudder their DEI offices, higher education leaders in other states whose lawmakers threaten to propose similar legislation are voicing their opposition—before it becomes too late.

Lawmakers, donors disagreed on DEI in 2023. Now, there’s fallout

While the GOP-led movement to disband DEI offices has caught fire across the country, school donations in 2023 suggest a rift between lawmakers' wishes and the community's.

Free speech watchdogs find 2-year uptick in restrictive free speech codes on campus

“This is not an anomaly: Free speech in higher education is getting worse,” said Laura Beltz, director of policy reform at the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression.

How an emerging economy is fueling an academic renaissance

National interest in revitalizing a domestic manufacturing industry related to microchip technology and AI has created an opportunity for higher education to strengthen its value proposition at the two-year, four-year and postgraduate level.

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