CONAHEC News and Information

Tuesday, Nov. 08, 2022

From December 2-3, the first ever General Assembly of the United States Section of the Scholars at Risk Network will be held in New Orleans, hosted by and in partnership with Xavier University of Louisiana. An optional, pre-conference gathering will be held on Thursday, December 1.

Tuesday, Nov. 08, 2022

A new report finds that the COVID-19 pandemic stalled efforts to expand international student enrollment and global partnerships, but institutions are eager to get back on track.

A new report from the American Council on Education highlights the dampening effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on internationalization efforts in higher education—while underscoring institutions’ optimistic outlook for future growth.

Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

During the U.S.-Mexico High-Level Security Dialogue in October 2021, the United States and Mexico established the U.S.-Mexico Bicentennial Framework for Security, Public Health, and Safe Communities, a new comprehensive security plan to replace the 13-year-old Merida Initiative. In doing so, the two nations pledged to address the underlying causes of violence and drug addiction, prevent transborder crime, pursue criminal networks.

Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

Office of the Spokesperson

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today.  The Secretary and the Prime Minister discussed the close partnership between the United States and Canada on various issues, and the progress we have made together on the goals laid out in the Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership.

Monday, Oct. 17, 2022

Saying he wants to make the US-Mexico border as safe as possible for his state, Texas’s governor Greg Abbott last month signed an order designating Mexican drug cartels as “terrorist organizations” and urged the Joe Biden White House to do the same. But the same border that Abbott insists he wants to make safer is actually being destabilized by Texas’s lax gun laws, which the governor defends and which the Mexican cartels exploit to arm themselves – legally – to the teeth, according to officials left to grapple with the situation.

Wednesday, Apr. 07, 2021

It is no secret our postsecondary institutions have floundered during the pandemic. In October of 2020, researchers confirmed that disruptions caused by the pandemic have impacted college access, with more than 40 percent of U.S. households canceling all their plans for community college and more than 15 percent of households canceling plans for four-year schooling. Without a college education, America's low-income students, especially students of color, are more likely to be locked out of high-quality and in-demand programs that lead to stable, high-demand job opportunities. 

Wednesday, Apr. 07, 2021

When Nancy Hopkins joined the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology nearly 50 years ago, she didn’t think that her gender would have any impact on her career. “I was a person who thought that there really were no issues left for women to worry about in academia, once they were able to get jobs,” she said. But when she saw male colleagues receiving better treatment and more opportunities, she began to understand that a “strange undervaluation of women” was shaping her career and the careers of her female colleagues.

Tuesday, Mar. 30, 2021

Rutgers University is requiring students to get the COVID-19 vaccine before they come back for the fall semester, and one expert thinks that other colleges will do the same.

“Rutgers is on fairly solid ground and we’re likely to see a good number of universities, both public and private, start to mandate the vaccine,” Eric Feldman, professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, told Yahoo Finance Live (video above).

Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2021

People who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 may safely gather with small groups from other households without wearing masks or physically distancing, even if those people have not yet had their shots, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021

If your institution expects life to return to normal post-pandemic, disappointment lies ahead.

Even with vaccines and a presidential administration strongly committed to traditional higher education, there are no guarantees that higher education as we knew it will bounce back -- and that’s OK.

It’s OK because our pre-pandemic reality was beset by challenges and inequalities, which the pandemic exposed and intensified. It’s OK because many of our students need something different than what we offered, and the pandemic made that clear.