Around the industry: UT chancellor, retired Admiral, stands against concealed campus carry

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  • Indiana: Tying financial aid to progress-to-degree seems to be working in the state's public colleges, according to a recent report by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The report analyzed the effects of financial aid reforms enacted in 2013 by state legislators. Under the new provision, students must complete 30 or more credits per year (the minimum progress needed to graduate in four years) in order to re-apply for the same amount of money from one of the state's two major financial aid programs. Since the reform, one program saw course completion improve by 56% (WBIW, 1/29).
  • Massachusetts: Eric Cantor, former House majority leader, will spend the spring at Harvard University as a visiting fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Cantor will join other notable politicians already announced as spring fellows, including Kay Hagan, a former senator from North Carolina, and Matt Lira, former deputy executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. The schools explains that visiting fellows typically lead occasional discussions on current events, speak about their experiences, participate in public policy courses, and meet with students (Levitz, Wall Street Journal, 1/29).
  • Texas: Retired Admiral William McRaven, new chancellor of the University of Texas system and former manager of U.S. Special Operations Command, took a stance against concealed guns on campus in a letter to state legislators Thursday. A bill that would allow concealed carry on campus is currently being considered by a state Senate committee. Dan Patrick, Texas' lieutenant governor, on Wednesday said he expects the bill to pass in the Senate and move to the House "as quickly as constitutionally allowed." McRaven says he has received calls from students, faculty, staff, police officers, and mental health professionals—all expressing concern about campus concealed carry. McRaven argued in his letter that concealed carry would increase accidental shootings and "self-inflicted wounds" while endangering hospital staff and laboratory chemicals and equipment (Hamilton, Texas Tribune, 1/29).

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