July 30, 2021
SmartBrief for the Higher Ed Leader
Student Affairs and Academics
President urges college students to stay safe
Biden (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
President Joe Biden called on college students to keep campuses are safe from the coronavirus and the threat of abuse and assault. Speaking at the It's On Us summit, Biden urged the students to be mindful and responsible in their own behavior.
Full Story: CNN (7/29) 
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Undergraduate students at Georgia Highlands College in Rome, Ga., will be able to major in building information modeling and virtual design and construction beginning in the spring. The college will join Purdue University in Indiana as one of the few schools with such a program.
Full Story: Construction Dive (7/28) 
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Admissions and Enrollment
Summer school enrollment at Dickinson State University in North Dakota jumped 57%, the highest in more than a decade. President Steve Easton said he thinks students come to Dickinson to avoid student debt and learn in an environment that supports their completion.
Full Story: The Dickinson Press (N.D.) (tiered subscription model) (7/29) 
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Leadership and Management
Yale University is trying to attract female faculty and increase research on women's health. Through its Office of Cooperative Research and Women's Health Research at Yale, the school has funded a number of pilot studies and marketed the available of research positions and funds for women.
Full Story: Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (7/29) 
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Funding and Grants
Historically under-resourced institutions will receive an additional $3.2 billion from the Education Department as part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Tribal colleges will receive $143 million, historically Black colleges and universities will get $1.6 billion and other institutions that serve minorities will get $1.19 billion.
Full Story: Inside Higher Ed (7/30) 
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says that student-loan forgiveness "would best be an act of Congress" and that an executive order from President Joe Biden could only pause or delay payments.
Full Story: The Hill (7/28) 
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It is a time in which we will redefine what it means to be human, for this is not just the start of a revolution, it is the start of an evolution.
David A. Sinclair,
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