January 25, 2022
SmartBrief for the Higher Ed Leader
Student Affairs and Academics
Report compares college ROI for certain students
Top private nonprofit institutions such as Harvard and Georgetown universities offer students from low-income households the highest return on investment, but public colleges offer the largest number of students the greatest median ROI, reports Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce. The ROI is still lower for students from low-income households because they have lower graduation rates and are more likely to seek certificates instead of degrees.
Full Story: Higher Ed Dive (1/24) 
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The South Carolina National Guard hopes to build a cutting-edge cybersecurity center at the University of South Carolina's Aiken County campus. The facility "will be a portal into the entire cyber enterprise of South Carolina," Maj. Gen. Brad Owens told state lawmakers.
Full Story: Aiken Standard (S.C.) (tiered subscription model) (1/19) 
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Admissions and Enrollment
Shorter, all-digital SAT to launch in 2024
US students taking the SAT in 2024 will find an all-digital exam trimmed from three hours to two, calculators permitted for the entire math portion and shorter passages in the reading section, the College Board's Priscilla Rodriguez says. Plans call for taking the test at schools or testing centers, with students allowed to choose whether to use personal or provided devices.
Full Story: National Public Radio (1/25),  CNN (1/25),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (1/25),  The New York Times (1/25) 
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Leadership and Management
The University of Iowa is undertaking an aggressive campaign to hire "transformational faculty." The campaign includes $1.5 million to enhance the research and teaching of each hire.
Full Story: The Gazette (Cedar Rapids-Marion, Iowa) (1/24) 
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Following a review last month, the trustees of the University of Rhode Island have voted to revoke honorary degrees bestowed on former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn because they "no longer represent the highest level of our values and standards." Flynn, an alum, was given an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2014 and Giuliani received the Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa after Sept. 11.
Full Story: CNN (1/21) 
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Funding and Grants
Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., is expanding its aviation technology course offerings with a new program that trains and certifies students to test aviation hardware for continued use. The program, which will be launched next fall, is funded by a $490,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Full Story: Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) (1/21) 
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