Some colleges and universities look to re-up their commitment to Black studies

Oct 2, 2020
Schools around the country are offering grants for research projects on anti-Black racism. And some are committing to hire more professors with expertise in the study of race.
Florida International University anthropology professor Andrea Queeley, seen here teaching on the public university's campus in Miami earlier this year, has been fighting for years for the survival of the African and African Diaspora studies program. Now the administration is committing to "enhance" it as part of a university-wide effort to battle racism and racial injustice.
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Colleges worry about loss of foreign student cash and skills with visa decision

Jul 7, 2020
International students are being given the option to transfer to a university that is holding in-person classes.
Georgetown University, above, is one of the U.S. colleges planning on offering hybrid classes in the fall — some in-person and some online.
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For international students staying in the U.S., COVID-19 closures led to a scramble for housing

Mar 31, 2020
As schools closed, some students wondered: Where should I go next?
Not all international students could afford to return home after campuses closed.
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States benefit economically from HBCUs, report finds

Jun 25, 2019
Historically black colleges and universities employ local residents, engage with local businesses and churn out high-earning graduates who stay in the area, the report says.
Howard University in Washington, D.C., is a historically black university.
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U.S. colleges and universities are increasingly competing for international students

Nov 13, 2018
As colleges and universities around the globe put out the welcome mat for college and grad students from abroad, attracting those students is increasingly a marketing headache for schools in the U.S. Questions about racism, visas and the vibe on campus are suppressing international student enrollment here. The loss of revenue is hurting schools and […]
Pedestrians walk past a Harvard University building on Aug. 30, 2018 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 
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China's quiet hunt to hire top U.S. researchers

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Jun 5, 2018
Academics at U.S. schools are being recruited to help build the Chinese economy.
In a picture taken in 2010 Professor Shi Yigong, who walked away from a top research position in the United States to become the dean of the School of Life Sciences at Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University in 2008, places a note among bottles of bacterial culture in a university lab in Beijing.
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Some Texas colleges are offering a new kind of scholarship — to fight hunger on campus

Jun 5, 2018
Several Houston community colleges and universities have launched food scholarships to help students get enough to eat. At Texas Woman’s University, students on the scholarships get free groceries twice a month, so long as they stay in school. The assistant director of student life there, Deborah Unruh, helped start the program after she noticed students […]

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The Trump administration may restrict visas for certain Chinese students in STEM fields

May 30, 2018
Reports say grad students may be issued visas good for just a year at a time, rather than the multi-year type that are common now.

American universities may be the target of espionage

The White House might consider banning Chinese citizens from doing sensitive research in the U.S.
A student walks near Royce Hall on the UCLA campus.
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Investors are hot on student housing

Feb 27, 2018
When you think of commercial real estate, big urban skyscrapers or suburban office parks might come to mind. But college towns and university-adjacent apartment buildings are magnets for U.S. investors and many from abroad. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.