• In latitude(s) this week, Karin Fischer
talked with international students about how the policy debates of the Trump era motivated them to become more active in U.S. politics.
Beginning in its first days with the travel ban, actions by the Trump administration have been enormously consequential for students from overseas, Karin wrote. Policy changes have made it more difficult to get student visas and have increased scrutiny of those who hold them. Even as the clock ticked down to the election, the government proposed limiting the amount of time international students can stay in America.
“Even if I don’t have the power to vote,” a student from Malaysia told Karin, “I still have a voice.”
• For the first time in decades, Democrats have become the majority on the University of Colorado Board of Regents. Colorado is one of a handful of states that asks voters to elect members of college governing boards.
The shift has the potential to put Mark Kennedy, the university’s president, on notice, Jason Gonzales wrote this week
for Chalkbeat, our partner in Denver. Kennedy, whose selection was controversial, was brought in by Republicans last year on a party-line vote.
One of the newly elected regents, Ilana Spiegel, told Jason that, more than party control, what’s important to her is that this year’s election creates a majority on the board of regents — both Democrats and Republicans — who come from a background in education.
• The pandemic has laid bare challenges that tuition-dependent private colleges already were facing, Amy Morona reported this week
for our partner newsroom Crain’s Cleveland Business.
In northeast Ohio, some colleges are cutting salaries and phasing out programs. Others are doubling down on marketing or seeking a niche to expand.
The days of colleges having a restaurant-style menu of program options probably doesn’t make sense, the president of Ashland University told Amy.
“I don’t know how many schools can afford to have a four-year German language program long-term.”