Around the industry: Tennessee campus carry bill becomes law

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  • Massachusetts: Boston will provide free community college tuition to graduates of the city's public high schools under certain conditions, Mayor Martin Walsh (D) announced Monday. To qualify, students must earn a 2.2 GPA in high school, be able to complete community college within two years, be eligible for Pell Grants, and place out of developmental classes. The program is applicable at either Bunker Hill Community College or Roxbury Community College (Inside Higher Ed, 5/2). 
  • Tennessee: A bill allowing staff and faculty at Tennessee's public institutions to carry guns on campus became law Monday without Gov. Bill Haslam (R)'s signature. The law, which takes effect July 1, allows faculty and staff with state-issued handgun carry permits to carry on campus with certain exceptions. University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro says that while he opposes guns on campus, the state's two public college systems entered into negotiations with sponsors because the bill seemed likely to pass (AP/New York Times, 5/2).
  • Wisconsin: Professors at the University of Wisconsin at Madison have voted no confidence in the system's president, Raymond Cross, and its Board of Regents, the Faculty Senate announced Monday. The symbolic vote reflects ongoing disputes over tenure policies and shared governance in the system. Both Cross and the board's president, Regina Milner, disagreed with the vote (Read, "The Ticker," Chronicle of Higher Education, 5/2). 

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