Legislation

Professors in Hawaii face major changes to tenure system

University of Hawai‘i is considering major changes to its tenure system, including limiting tenure to instructional faculty only, tying hires and tenure to enrollment and unit “success,” and involving the administration in posttenure review.

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House Appropriations funding for higher education aligns closely with Biden budget

Higher education organizations were generally pleased with the House Appropriations Committee’s draft spending bill, but several believe more could still be done. 

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Democrats introduce legislation to help students meet basic needs

As college students across the country face food and housing insecurity, Democrats in Congress are hoping to pass legislation that can help.

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Lawmaker's plan to merge Florida public universities lingers even after defeat this year

Controversial bill came out of the blue, according to critics at public colleges. Supporters in the Legislature say it will likely be reconsidered next year.

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Title IX emerges as top obstacle to higher ed law deal

Resolving differences over sexual assault procedures, including requirements for live hearings, emerges as one of the biggest challenges for negotiating a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

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Florida governor signs tough new hazing law

Florida legislation gives prosecutors the ability to bring charges against fraternity and sorority members who weren't present for hazing but helped plan it.

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Debate over proposed expansion of Pell Grants to short-term job training

Lawmakers consider expanding Pell Grants to short-term job training, with backing from community colleges and business groups, while critics question the payoff for short-term programs.

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NCAA may not allow participation in championship games if California bill passes

The NCAA suggests that college athletes in California may not be able to participate in championship games if state passes legislation to allow them to profit off their name, image and likeness.

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Congress has options for trimming free community college proposal

Tuition-free community college is presumed to be on the chopping block in President Biden’s Build Back Better Act, but there are still ways that lawmakers can lower the cost of the program without scrapping it completely.

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Congress holds hearing on creating federal NIL law

Lawmakers hear testimony from players, coaches and administrators as they consider establishing federal rules to govern college athletics.

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