While a slew of proposed state bills antagonize China and international student enrollment continues to cool, higher education in the U.S. is flirting with losing a student body worth $15 billion to the U.S. economy.
Academic leaders should embrace focused investment in digital education, but the potential threats TikTok poses to their digital infrastructure are prompting schools to implement drastic policy measures.
Following Florida's TikTok ban across its public universities, at least five states have also issued similar restrictions, whether for its state colleges or universities—or both. Tennessee is about to make it six, pending the signature of the governor.
The Ohio Higher Education Enhancement Act would have broad implications across the state's 14 public universities, 23 colleges, and some private schools, mirroring similar proposals drafted by other states, along with some unique ones.
From "devious licks" to vandalizing school property, more districts are becoming aware of the dangerous TikTok trends that students can't get enough of. Then there's the fact that it can cause massive cybersecurity issues.