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On Thursday, a federal panel recommended that the U.S. Department of Education close one of the country’s largest accreditors of for-profit colleges, bringing it one step closer to shutting down. 

In a 4-3 decision, the United States Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas at Austin. Colleges and universities that had filed amicus briefs in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas are welcoming the decision.

Facing a $22 million budget gap, the University of Massachusetts Boston announced that it may cut hundreds of teaching positions before next semester. Administrators want to meet student demand more efficiently, but these staffing cuts signal something deeper: a national funding and identity crisis in public higher education.

The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), the country's largest college accrediting agency, is being threatened with losing its ability to determine which schools can grant degrees and receive federal student aid. 

The U.S. Department of Education is taking steps to shut down the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, the country’s largest accreditor of for-profit colleges.

University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan says the five-campus system will wait until the Massachusetts state budget is finalized before deciding whether to raise tuition and fees.

A report released by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education on Wednesday projects the rate at which Massachusetts residents earn college degrees will shift from growth to decline by 2022.

Speaking in his hometown of Cambridge on Friday, actor Matt Damon addressed graduates at MIT’s commencement ceremony.

Three Ivy League schools are alleged to have used racial quotas to limit the number of Asian American students admitted to their campuses. The Asian American Coalition for Education says Yale, Brown and Dartmouth have been doing this for at least a decade. The group recently filed a complaint with the federal government.

The University of Massachusetts Boston, facing a $22 million budget gap, is moving to cut hundreds of teaching positions before the Fall 2016 semester.

 

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