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More than three-quarters of students want to discuss “divisive topics” in the classroom, survey

Amid a higher education environment that's becoming increasingly political, so are the students, who are increasingly weighing state legislation into their college decision making process, according to Gallup and Lumina Foundation.

Policy roundup 2023: How state and federal legislators tackled higher ed

Some policy pushes have enjoyed bipartisan support, such as addressing hazing on college campuses. Others, however, have been more aligned across political lines, like dismantling DEI. 

4 ways states and schools choose to dismantle DEI offices

With Wisconsin lawmakers and Arkansas university leadership recently choosing to curb DEI programs, stakeholders have found different strategizes to accomplish the same goal.

Virginia joins 9 others eliminating state jobs requiring 4-year degrees

One association believes this move incentivizes individuals to apply for jobs during a tight labor market and a shrinking talent pool.

DeSantis bans DEI in Florida, calling it “discrimination, exclusion and indoctrination”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Monday prohibiting Florida's public institutions from spending money on initiatives related to diversity, equity and inclusion, which he believes "promote(s) dangerous political and social activism."

Education espionage: FSA “secret shoppers” to monitor higher ed for unethical practices

“Schools that engage in fraud or misconduct are on notice that we may be listening, and they should clean up accordingly,” said Kristen Donoghue, FSA’s chief enforcement officer in the Department's announcement.

DeSantis’ ‘Stop WOKE’ law draws concern from university faculty

Under the policy, tenured faculty members would be subject to review every five years based on several factors, most notably their cooperation with the law which aims to keep colleges from "indoctrinating" students with divisive concepts such as race and white privilege. Those who receive poor reviews could face termination.

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