Around the industry: Bipartisan bill aims to boost enrollment, completion rates, for low-income students

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  • California: California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed two higher education bills Wednesday. The first requires community colleges to offer homeless students access to showers. The second requires some California State University campuses to implement voluntary pledge programs for in-state freshmen who plan to graduate in four years, as programs for transfer students to graduate in two years (Murphy, Mercury News, 9/21). 
  • Delaware: Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) introduced a bill Wednesday that would enforce a four-year deadline for colleges with the fewest low-income students to boost enrollment of those students or be penalized. Fines levied would then be used to help colleges that enroll larger numbers of low-income students are struggling to graduate these students. Those institutions that do not implement plans to boost graduation rates would also face penalties (Gaudiano, News Journal, 9/21).
  • Kansas: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health is providing a three-year, $750,000 grant for three University of Kansas researchers to study sexual assault policies at eight selected campuses. The Heartland Sexual Assault Policies & Prevention on Campuses Project plans to work with institutions in Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas (Williams, Kansas City Star, 9/21). 

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