This week there were more testing updates from colleges, the White House issued a Covid vaccination challenge for colleges, a university voted to keep its controversial name, Congress is considering a federal law to pay college athletes, and a major gift came through for Maryland HBCUs.
The Biden Administration announced a Covid-19 College Vaccine Challenge, asking colleges and universities to do as much as they can to get students vaccinated before the fall semester. Last week we shared news of raffles for free tuition for vaccinated students at some colleges and this week, Rhodes College in Memphis announced they’d charge unvaccinated students $1500 per semester to cover mandatory Covid tests.
After much debate, Washington and Lee University has decided to keep its name. After a few years of serious conversation, the Board voted 22-6 in favor of the current name. The latter part of the name honors Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate States Army and former president of the institution.
Congress is feeling pressure from the NCAA to create a uniform federal law that would allow college athletes to be paid for their name, image, and likeness. Advocates for the federal law want it passed by July 1 – before individual state laws allowing athletes to get paid go into effect.
Steve Bisciotti, owner of the Baltimore Ravens, announced plans this week to dedicate $4 million to support local students who attend HBCUs in Maryland. Now that’s some good news.