This week, UC Berkeley is ordered to freeze enrollment, student admissions workers seek to unionize, the numbers are in on the percentage of students who submitted scores in 2020-2021, UT Austin professors are told to dip into their own pockets for Covid incentives, and a school in the midwest received a sizable donation.
A county judge in California ordered UC Berkeley to freeze student enrollment. The dispute stems from a local group’s claim that the university’s growth has had significant negative impacts on its surrounding neighborhood.
Student admission workers at Hamilton College are seeking to unionize. Interestingly, one of the things they’re seeking is “greater control over messaging.” If they’re successful, they’ll be the first union in the higher education landscape with an admissions focus.
The Common Application reported that only 44% of applicants submitted SAT or ACT scores last year. In the years prior to Covid that number was closer to 77%. Additionally, about 20% of applicants decided to answer the new “Covid essay.” The number of students who answered that optional question varied by geographic location.
Professors at UT Austin are frustrated by the university’s lack of a mask mandate on campus. The university told professors they could offer incentives to students to wear masks – up to $50 – but the university would not provide the funds.
Meanwhile, Montana State University ended the week on a high note, receiving a $101 million donation to its nursing school.