- Pennsylvania: Villanova University will rename the law school in honor of alumnus Charles Widger, who recently donated $25 million to the school. The university plans to use the gift to fund scholarships for students, to endow an interdisciplinary faculty position, and create an "innovation fund" for new programs. Widger is founder and executive chairman of Brinker Capital, an investment management firm (Snyder, Philadelphia Inquirer, 1/20).
- Washington, D.C.: The Education Department will publish a list of religiously affiliated colleges that have received exemptions from certain provisions under Title IX, according to Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon. In a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Lhamon said the department "in the coming months" will publish on its website documents related to Title IX exemptions, including a list of colleges that have been granted such exemptions (Thomason, Chronicle of Higher Education, 1/21).
- Wisconsin: In his State of the State address, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) discussed to help alleviate student debt by allowing for a complete deduction of student loan interest on state income taxes and bolstering grants for technical colleges. He also voiced his support for reallocating funds from state employee health insurance to higher education; however, some lawmakers expressed concern over that plan. State Senate Minority Leader Jen Shilling (D) said Walker appeared to be "pitting state workers and their health insurance benefits against schools" (Johnson, Wisconsin Public Radio, 1/20).
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