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2017 A look back

HIGH-IMPACT HAPPENINGS-Purdue University surprised higher ed this past spring when President Mitch Daniels (left)
announced a plan to acquire for-profit Kaplan University. When the Trump administration divulged plans to phase out the
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, undocumented students were left stressed by the unknown. Also causing
worry was Education Secretary Betsy DeVos stating concern for the rights of the accused in sexual assault cases. Hurricane
season, meanwhile, disrupted life for several campuses and students whose homes were impacted.

training and diversity awareness as part of
new student orientations.

Public institution shake-ups
The consolidation of public higher ed institutions continued in 2017. State systems
are restructuring to better use resources,
support students and minimize costs.
Georgia's university system, which has
been consolidating campuses since 2011,
merged Georgia Southern University
and Armstrong State University, as well
as Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Bainbridge State College-now
going by Georgia Southern University and
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
The University of Wisconsin System
plans to turn the state's 13 two-year colleges into satellite campuses of its seven
universities. In late 2017, Connecticut
began exploring the consolidation of its
community colleges.
Storms to weather
Some campuses each year must contend
with natural disasters. In 2017, Hurricane
Harvey battered Texas, and Irma left 6.2
million Floridians without power. Uniwww.universitybusiness.com

versities prepared for the storms by cancelling classes, evacuating campuses and
blanketing social media channels with clear
instructions. Most tragically, Hurricane
Maria devastated Puerto Rico and left the
U.S. island territory completely without
electricity. Months later, many residences
remained dark.
Colleges rallied around students and
institutions in the affected regions: New
York University and Brown University announced offers to enroll about 50 displaced
Puerto Rican students each, tuition-free,
this spring semester. Cornell will sponsor a
free spring semester for up to 58 students.
Tulane University is offering a free guest
semester for all Puerto Rican students, after
they apply and pay tuition to their home
institution for the spring session.

concealed carry, students may bring weapons into their dorm rooms.
Three professors tried to sue The University of Texas at Austin over its 2015
campus carry legislation-but the case was
thrown out due to lack of evidence that
guns would have an effect on free speech
in the classroom.
Campus police departments, as of this
fall, once again could purchase surplus
military equipment as needed. This includes discounts on armored vehicles and
rifles, but experts predict the bulk of the
purchases will consist of computers, nightvision goggles and clothing. The Obama
administration had previously restricted
the surplus program over public concerns
about the militarization of police.

Weapons on campus
Campus carry spread across the country,
with a new law in Georgia and expanded
rights in Arkansas, where only faculty
and staff had previously been permitted
to carry firearms. Georgia House Bill 280
allows weapons in tailgating areas, and in
Kansas, where permits are not required for

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spends time every day seeking out the top higher
ed news stories to share in UB Daily.
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