October 18, 2021
SmartBrief for the Higher Ed Leader
Student Affairs and Academics
Emory U. plans student-run VC fund
Emory University plans to launch the Peachtree Minority Venture Fund next spring, which aims to invest in startups whose founders come from underrepresented communities. The fund will be run by students as part of a course they take.
Full Story: TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (10/18) 
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Dental students at the Texas A&M College of Dentistry are training to provide immunizations and then volunteering to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to people who lack access to health care, according to KXXV-TV. "I feel really thankful and lucky that we were able to join in on the fight and helping people that do not have the same access to care," said Dr. Penelope Drayer, D.D.S., an assistant clinical professor at the dental school. "Health inequities are very prominent."
Full Story: KXXV-TV (Waco, Texas) (10/18) 
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Admissions and Enrollment
The University of California faculty Senate had recommended against using an alternative to the SAT, which, along with the ACT, has been suspended for admissions until 2024. Dropping the standardized tests is credited with a record number of freshman applications.
Full Story: Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (10/15) 
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Student workers in the admissions office at Hamilton College in New York voted successfully to unionize. Union advocates say they know of other organization efforts underway at other colleges.
Full Story: Inside Higher Ed (10/18) 
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Leadership and Management
Democratic lawmakers are stepping up pressure on the Biden administration to take action on federal student loan forgiveness. Progressives in the party are calling on Biden to forgive as much as $50,000 of debt per borrower, though Biden has said he is open to up to $10,000.
Full Story: The Hill (10/16) 
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Funding and Grants
The Texas House has approved more than $3.2 billion for capital projects across the state's higher-education campuses. State senators have approved a similar bill with slightly less money and a different approach to allocation.
Full Story: The Texas Tribune (10/17) 
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