Idaho lawmakers approve $2.5 million cut to higher education

Idaho lawmakers found a solution to getting education budgets over the finish line: Cut $2.1 million from university budgets.

A new measure, House Bill 387, was negotiated among Republican lawmakers as they tried to quell fears from a faction of legislators over universities teaching about critical race theory and providing other social justice programs. The cut, along with a bill against critical race theory, helped garner enough votes in the House to approve education budgets.

Senators in a 25-8 vote on Tuesday supported the bill, which previously passed the House and will now need Gov. Brad Little’s signature. The

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11 Lasting Changes To Higher Education

Some say higher education will largely return to pre-pandemic normal in the coming academic year or two. Others predict a mass extinction of colleges and universities. Both are extreme ends (and highly unlikely scenarios) of the spectrum of what might happen to higher education. Somewhere in between those extremes, though, are eleven clear and lasting changes to higher education as a result of the pandemic:

1.     The test optional movement will become permanent. Although many colleges

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How to Stand Up for Equity in Higher Education

Equity is higher ed’s word of the hour — and rightly so.

After all, the pandemic has greatly intensified equity gaps. A Strada survey reported that half of all Latinx students surveyed and 42 percent of Black students canceled or altered their educational plans due to the pandemic, compared to 26 percent of non-Hispanic white students.

But the problem goes deeper than pandemic-driven disparities. After all, American colleges and universities have a long, ugly history of bias along lines of race, ethnicity, gender and class, a history of quotas, exclusions and favoritism, which isn’t over.

We still see preference, privilege

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The president of TIAA reflects on the present and future of higher education upon his retirement (opinion)

My parents and teachers instilled the value of education in me through their words and examples. Their emphasis on learning shaped my worldview and led me to a life and career in which education was always vitally important, culminating in my role at TIAA. As my time as president and CEO draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on their teachings and the occasions I’ve had over the past 13 years to learn from both my colleagues as well as the people and institutions TIAA serves. I am exceedingly grateful for the opportunity to have worked alongside such dedicated

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UW branch campuses ‘at risk of closure’ under bill giving tech colleges more freedom | Higher education

A spokesperson for Democratic Gov. Tony Evers didn’t respond to a request for comment on the bill. The technical college system asked for the measure in its 2021-23 budget request, but Evers didn’t include it in his own budget proposal.

Regardless of whether the bill passes, it highlights stark differences in how the two systems view the future of higher education in Wisconsin.


Nine of the 13 branch campuses this fall had a head count enrollment of 500 or fewer students. Demographics show even fewer students graduating from Wisconsin high schools between 2025 and 2030.

UW System officials were

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Higher Ground Education Raises $30M Series D and Acquires Award-Winning FreshGrade Platform to Accelerate ‘Montessori Everywhere’ Mission

LAKE FOREST, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Higher Ground Education, Inc., the leading network of schools dedicated to Montessori education, today announced it has raised $30M USD in Series D funding and acquired the award-winning digital portfolio and assessment platform, FreshGrade. The new financing, led by Learn Capital, will fund the next phase of Higher Ground’s “Montessori Everywhere” strategy by enabling continued investments in curriculum development, training, technology, and global growth.

“With all the challenges this past year has brought, it has also created a window to do something dramatically different in education,” said Ray Girn, Founder and CEO of

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