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The New York Times
A clash with Hong Kong supporters at a student protest could be a dark omen of what’s to come. Read more>>

Reuters via
Five major retailers, including Inc and Walmart Inc, were targeted in lawsuits filed by the University of California over what it called the “existential threat” posed by foreign manufacturers that infringe schools’ patents. Read more>>
Legislation sponsored by Senator Shirley K. Turner requiring institutions of higher education as well as proprietary degree-granting institutions to improve transparency of tuition and fees was signed into law. Read more>>

The Washington Post
We’ve heard a lot from some of the Democratic presidential candidates about plans to provide free tuition at public colleges — and to some people, the notion seems pie-in-the-sky. Yet it is actually happening in a number of states that offer free tuition to students who come from poor and middle-class families. Read more>>
First, parents turn over guardianship of their teenagers to a friend or relative. Then the student declares financial independence to qualify for tuition aid and scholarships. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

Association of American Medical Colleges
Learn Serve Lead 2019: The AAMC Annual Meeting speaker and sociologist Anthony Jack, PhD, studies the challenges that come with being disadvantaged — and talks about how elite institutions are failing underrepresented groups. Read more>>
If your parents went to college, they understand that college life can be a challenge. They probably told you all about it, especially what it cost them as opposed to what it’s going to cost you. Read more>>

Industry News

Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.
Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. announced it has partnered with the University of Colorado Boulder to investigate applications of advanced power topologies and control techniques for emerging process power applications in a sponsored three-year program. Read more>>

JAGGAER announces that Kent State University has selected and is utilizing the JAGGAER ONE spend management platform for its university wide procurement processes. Read more>>

Benefitfocus, Inc. 
Offerings through BenefitsPlace designed to appeal to multi-generational workforce spanning 529 tuition savings programs, assistance in admission process and refinancing of student loan debt. Read more>>