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Yale Set For Biggest Expansion in 40 Years

Washington Post

December 22, 2016

The bell tower looming over a bustling seven-acre construction site here on Prospect Street signals a major development for Yale University: the imminent debut of its first new residential colleges in a half-century.  When Franklin and Murray colleges open in August, they will raise the capacity of incoming classes 15 percent, to about 1,550 seats a year. That will enable Yale’s undergraduate enrollment to grow from about 5,400 now to 6,200 over the next four years.

Antioch College Cuts Costs, Jobs

Yellow Spring News (OH)

December 22, 2016

For the first time since reopening to students in 2011, Antioch College is reducing its budget, a move college leaders say is necessary to bring expenses in line with revenues that have grown more slowly than expected.  Antioch College President Tom Manley announced a series of spending cuts that will save the college about $1 million annually. These cuts include salary reductions for 23 college employees and the elimination of five staff positions.  The budget measures are part of an 18-month effort to lower the college’s spending.

Marian University Lowers Tuition Costs for Next Year

WLUK-TV FOX 11 (Green Bay, WI)

December 21, 2016

It's not something you expect on a college campus.Marian University in Fond du Lac says it has lowered tuition for next year. The college board of trustees approved a reduction of $910 in the annual tuition rate for full-time undergraduate students for the 2017-18 academic year.

Columbia College Offers Discounted Tuition to Uber Drivers

St. Louis Business Journal

December 21, 2016

Columbia College, a private college with its main campus in Columbia, Missouri, is partnering with Uber to offer discounted tuition to students who drive for the ride-hailing company.  Students who drive at least one trip a month for Uber can get a 15 percent discount on tuition for all undergraduate or graduate courses, according to the school's website.

Alaska Pacific University Plans to Become a Tribal College

Alaska Dispatch News (Anchorage, AK)

December 20, 2016

Alaska Pacific University announced on Monday that it had entered into a partnership with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and would move forward with plans to transition from a small, private, liberal arts college in Anchorage to a tribal college. Officials said in an interview Monday that they had no specific timeline for how long a transition would take, and no details on what specific changes to degree programs or tuition rates students may see in years to come. 

Boston College Students Face Discipline Over Protests

Boston Globe

December 20, 2016

Seven Boston College students face disciplinary action, including possible expulsion, for organizing two peaceful protests following the election of Donald Trump, the students said Monday. A college spokesman said the students are not facing discipline for participating in a protest, but for failure to comply with “a well-established policy regarding campus demonstrations.’’

Fla. Police to Train Private College Staff on Active Shooter Response

December 20, 2016

Staff members at Southeastern University, a private college in central Florida, will receive active shooter training from the Polk County Sheriff’s Offices in an attempt to improve campus security.  The program includes 132 hours of total training, including 100 hours of firearms training, background checks, drug tests and psychological evaluations.

A New Divestment Direction?

Inside Higher Ed

December 19, 2016

Calls to divest Barnard College’s endowment from fossil fuel companies seemed to put the institution’s values on a collision course with its financial responsibilities -- until it found a compromise. A task force recommended that Barnard divest from fossil fuel companies that deny climate science or that attempt to undermine climate change mitigation efforts.

Like Many Women’s Schools, Columbia College Faces Challenges

The State (Columbia, SC)

December 19, 2016

The challenges that Columbia College faces are hardly unique.  When the small, private liberal arts college in South Carolina’s capital city said last week it would eliminate some academic majors and reduce faculty and staff, it was following in the footsteps of other women’s colleges.

Cal Arts Picks New President Out of 500 Applicants

Los Angeles Daily News

December 16, 2016

The dean of the School of the Arts at State University of New York at Purchase has been selected as the fourth president of the California Institute of the Arts.  Ravi S. Rajan will begin his tenure at the Valencia campus on June 1. His selection was officially announced to the CalArts community late Tuesday following a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees, which evaluated more than 500 applicants.  He will replace Steven Lavine, who has led CalArts for 29 years.
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