Wheaton College (Massachusetts) announced a $10 million donation from the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation. The gift aims to assist the liberal arts school with “integrating social entrepreneurship education into the study of the liberal arts and sciences.”
As part of post-Katrina relief granted in the latest congressional budget bill signed by President Trump, four historically black universities in New Orleans and Mississippi will have $330 million of debt forgiven by the federal government. The schools are Dillard University, Xavier University, Southern University at New Orleans, and Tougaloo College.
FBI Director Chris Wray received some criticism for his claim that Chinese spies are present among students and professors in American academies. In comments to the Senate Intelligence Committee, Wray also lamented “the level of naivete on the part of the academic sector about this.”
US News and World Report provides a helpful map showing states which offer free tuition or “last dollar” supplements for two-year college programs.
FIRE, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, released its list of this year’s “Ten Worst Colleges for Free Speech.” The list, which is not ranked, contains both big names (Harvard, Cal Berkeley) and small ones (Rensselaer Polytechnic, Evergreen State). DePaul University gets special mention for a “Lifetime Censorship Award.”
Alarms.org offers a list of “The Safest College Campuses in America.” Number one: BYU-Idaho. The analysis considered crime statistics from campuses as well as their localities.
Less important, but interesting nevertheless, is NPR’s list of schools with the most Olympic athletes. Salt Lake City’s Westminster College tops the list, with 21 participants, while online Devry University gets the silver.
Students from Appalachian schools gathered in Dublin, Virginia to participate in the Timberbeast competition, which features forestry-themed events such as axe throwing, bow sawing, and log rolling. All of these sound much more worthwhile than curling.
An IT vendor raises the possibility that more colleges may follow the example of K-12 and start offering fleets of personal computers to students, in what is known as the “one to one” model.
Snapchat is so yesterday. A communications consultant encourages college marketers to expand their presence on Instagram. She notes 73% of teens currently engage with the platform, and they’re also very likely to interact with branded posts.
The New York Times presents a series of disturbing vignettes exploring the remnants of college dating in the era of Tinder and other apps. Included is the story of one modern-day Don Juan who initiates courtship with amorous text-message entreaties such as, “You got any water?”