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CONSTANT PROGRESS—Congressman John Lewis and author Andrew  Aydin give a civil rights lecture sponsored by The University of Maryland, College Park’s Office of Undergraduate Studies, in conjunction with the William L. Thomas ODK Lecture Series and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

An acute rash of hate crimes on America’s campuses has made it necessary for institutions to refine reporting procedures

An the last few years, a handful of higher ed institutions have offered multisession “pop-up courses” that faculty can design quickly for students who want to earn credit for studying events in real time.

Despite the big push for STEM majors and career-focused skills in recent years, the liberal arts seem to be making a resurgence.

Liberal arts degree programs in 2016 ranked No. 1 for most completions as well as for the biggest increase in completions, higher ed consulting firm Gray Associates found in a recent analysis of IPEDS preliminary data.


Link to main story: Higher ed liberal arts degrees on the upswing

Over 100 schools have joined Great Lakes Educational Loan Services’ ScholarNet for Private Loans network this past year to connect with lenders.

Despite the big push for STEM majors and career-focused skills in recent years, the liberal arts seem to be making a resurgence.

ROOM AND A VIEW—Nestled among the Oakland Hills and overlooking Oakland, San Francisco and the Bay, Holy Names University has 60 wooded acres and space to build on once Samuel Merritt University relocates there.

This fall, Samuel Merritt and Holy Names University signed a non-binding letter of intent to explore the possibilities of sharing a single property.

COURSE CATALOG—Nursing programs at the University of Saint Francis should get more notice now that the school has joined Credential Engine, which is developing a searchable database designed to contain all credentials offered in U.S. The service also will help students plot degree paths through higher ed.

The development of career-oriented academic programs will, in the coming years, increasingly rely on collaboration between institutions and industry.

The majority of college students are not aware of any cybersecurity breaches at their institutions despite most IT departments on campuses reporting such incidents, according to a recent report from CDW-G.

Phase one of the Northern Michigan University Medical Plant Chemistry program will be getting students familiar with how the compounds behave on the chemistry lab instruments.

With the growth of medicinal and legalized marijuana products, the program will focus on setting baselines for the numerous strains available through marijuana dispensaries and elsewhere.

The new “marijuana major” at Northern Michigan University, the Medicinal Plant Chemistry program, is the first U.S. undergraduate major in the study of cannabinoids.

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