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"What's New" in Higher Ed. Today!

Today's News You Need to Know
- In Virginia & Across the U.S.A.

(The following linked news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinion
or position of SCHEV (State Council of Higher Education for Virginia)  

In Virginia

In the Nation

Bluefield College earns top military friendly distinction
WVVA (3/20/15)
Bluefield College has been selected as a top military friendly school by Military Advanced Education (MAE).

UVa sneaks in a massive tuition increase for in-state freshmen
The Examiner (3/25/15)
It suddenly became clear yesterday why the University of Virginia was in such a hurry to get admissions decisions out to 8,786 prospective freshmen last Friday. A massive 11 percent tuition increase for incoming residents was set to be voted on by the Finance Committee of the UVa Board of Visitors, and it passed.

Some good news about state's colleges and universities
Richmond Times Dispatch (3/25/15)
Colleges and universities, including Virginias, have taken a lot of heat in recent years for their skyrocketing tuition rates (U.Va. has raised in-state tuition and fees for the class that will enter in the fall) and metastasizing bureaucracies. Much of the criticism is well-deserved. Take, oh, the VCU School of Engineering, which includes 89 faculty members . . . and 47 staff and support personnel. Thats one position for every 1.8 faculty. Seems high, no?

Conversation about campus sex assaults evolves over the year
Washington Post (3/22/15)
A year ago, the University of Virginia hosted a conference with 60 other schools about how to prevent rape on campus. Since then, events in Charlottesville and Washington converged to highlight the problem in a way like never before.

Anger and Activism Greet Plan to Shut Sweet Briar College
New York Times (3/22/15)
Here at bucolic Sweet Briar College, equestrians awaken at dawn and trek to the stables to ride on 18 miles of trails through wooded countryside, fields and dells. Women study on the boathouse dock at sunset, as geese squawk over a lake. Pearls are still in fashion, and men must have escorts. Students call it the pink bubble.

Why Colleges Dont Do More to Rein In Frats
The Chronicle (3/27/15)
The gate at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house at the U. of Oklahoma at Norman was locked after the institution closed the house and expelled some of its members for leading a racist chant.