- Georgia: Georgia Southern University last week named Jaimie Hebert as its 13th president. Prior to his current role, Hebert served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Sam Houston State University (Georgia Southern University release, 7/1).
- Illinois: Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) last week signed a short-term budget deal that will inject nearly $1 billion into the state's higher education system. The deal comes after public institutions went most of the last year without receiving any state funds amid a historic budget impasse. The funding ensures that public institutions will be able to operate through the fall but does not guarantee any long-term solutions (Petrella, Quad-City Times, 7/1).
- Texas: Lone Star College (LSC) and Texas Southern University (TSU) have partnered to facilitate transfers to TSU. Under the agreement, application fees will be waived for LSC students, who are also eligible to apply for General University Transfer scholarships valued at up to $3,000 each. The partnership also includes joint admission for students and cooperative advising (Botelho, University Business, 7/4).
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