From 3 struggling public colleges, a new university emerges

Enrollment declines, state underfunding and structural deficits created a crisis in Vermont’s college system. Rather than close campuses, a statewide hybrid institution aims to cut costs and build long-term legislative backing.


CEO of Manchester Community College wins job back

After Nicole Esposito was removed as CEO of Manchester Community College, she sued the Connecticut State system for gender discrimination. Now she’s won her job back.

Nicole Esposito, a white woman with chin-length dark hair and glasses.

Colleges report strong fundraising for fiscal year 2022

Many colleges have set fundraising records as fiscal year 2022 comes to a close. Experts note that higher ed philanthropy has boomed in recent years, even amid a pandemic.

Composed image of a blurry person touching an illustrated dollar sign.

University confirms cyberattack after weeks of rumors


For three weeks, Whitworth University stayed mostly mum about network and website outages, prompting speculation about ransomware and frustrating professors and students. Wednesday it acknowledged a cyberattack.

A webpage with the Whitworth University logo and four links—one each for “general information,” “prospective students,” “new and returning students,” and “alumni and parents.”

New Jersey university faces scrutiny amid financial emergency

Governor Phil Murphy has called for an investigation into New Jersey City University's dramatic change in financial standing, which led NJCU to declare a financial emergency.


Vice president meets with college presidents on abortion

Eight college presidents meet with Vice President Harris to discuss their concerns about how overturning the right to abortion could affect higher education, now and in the future.


The end of campus child care leaves parents scrambling


Emporia State will close its campus child care center next year. Parents are pushing back, highlighting the nationwide shortage of affordable options in higher education and beyond.


Seattle Pacific sues Washington to keep homophobic policies

The Christian university is suing the Washington attorney general for investigating its anti-LGBTQ+ hiring practices, arguing it violates the institution’s First Amendment rights.

Students at a sit-in outside a Seattle Pacific academic building.

Building sale, remote work helped Pa. system redesign

The Pennsylvania state higher ed system sold off the building that housed the chancellor’s office and made the former occupants remote workers. The move was a reflection of system leaders’ attempts to innovate and adjust to new workplace realities.

Map of the PASSHE system, showing campus locations throughout the state.

Colleges look to staffing firms to solve remote work woes

To address the legal questions and potential HR issues that can arise when employees move across state lines, some universities partner with third-party firms to keep employees on the payroll from afar.

A Black man working remotely participates in a videoconference with people on his computer screen.


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