Notes & Coffee: May 14 – 20

Notes & Coffee is here to keep you informed of all the trending student affairs and higher ed news stories most critical to our field as they develop. In the age of information overload, we’re here to bring you vetted examinations of the stories that matter to our field. We invite you to start your week with Notes & Coffee.     

Michigan State settles Nassar lawsuits for $500 million – “Michigan State University will pay half a billion dollars to the survivors of abuse by a disgraced former professor and doctor at the institution, Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting hundreds of women. It is believed to be the largest settlement of its kind involving sexual misconduct and a university, blowing away the $109 million payout from Penn State University to the more than 30 survivors of abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.”

A state attorney general calls out Betsy DeVos on for-profit colleges – “The attorney general of New Jersey said on Thursday that federal education officials had stopped cooperating on issues involving fraudulent activities at for-profit colleges, and requested that the Education Department renew its investigations into the institutions or hand them over to the state.”

Making the case for Pell – “With Congressional talks over next year's spending package having just begun, higher education groups are zeroing in on a stronger Pell Grant as a key demand for this funding cycle.”

Walking a tightrope on controversial speakers – “Growing criticism about a controversial commencement address at Sweet Briar College has prompted a debate about how college or university presidents should respond when speakers at campus events offend members of the student body and others in the audience.”

Violate your student visa? You’re not welcome here. – “Proposed policy guidance published last week appears to make it easier for international students to accrue “unlawful presence” in the U.S., a change that could have implications for their ability to re-enter the U.S. in the future.”

More Notes

Georgia State, leading U.S. in black graduates, is engine of social mobility

Spelman College quietly eliminates one of the country’s few jazz programs for women

Gambling on sports legal

A seat at the table

New questions on racial disparity and student debt