Around the nation: December 10, 2014
Bite-sized college and higher education industry news
- Delaware: Students entering college in Delaware can now sign up to receive customized text messages designed to combat "summer melt." The texts will include reminders about deadlines for financial aid paperwork, application deadlines for in-state schools, and general tips. More than 4,000 students have already signed up for the program, which was piloted at three schools last year. It will expand to about three-quarters of Delaware high schools next year (Albright, Delaware Online/The News Journal, 12/6).
- Iowa: An anti-racism piece of artwork has stirred up controversy and accusations of racism at the University of Iowa Pentacrest. Created by a professor, the statue depicts a robed member of the Ku Klux Klan covered in newspaper articles describing notable incidents of racial violence. The professor did not request permission before placing the statue on campus Friday, where it stood for a few hours before student protests led to its removal. The professor has apologized and noted that he meant the statue to "signify an anti-racist ideology" (Iowa Press-Citizen, 12/5).
- Maryland: Over half of Maryland's public universities have implemented spending freezes, including hiring holds, salary freezes, and delays to renovation. The freezes came as universities prepare to endure a projected $900 million state budget deficit over the next two years. Officials expect higher education spending to be cut between $40 million and $80 million next year. College leaders in the state say that they hope proactive reductions will give them more flexibility later on (WBALTV, 12/5).
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