Black and Hispanic Students May be Paying More for College Loans, Study Finds

Graduates of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) may be paying more to borrow and refinance their education loans, according to a report released this week, reported NBC.

The report released Wednesday is titled “Educational Redlining” and was prepared by the Student Borrower Protection Center, a group that works to alleviate student debt.

The center’s researchers found that hypothetical graduates of HBCUs and HSIs, like Howard University and New Mexico State University, were offered loans that cost thousands of dollars more than those who attended nonminority serving institutions, such as New York University.

Kat Welbeck, the civil rights counsel at the center, called the finding especially “alarming” given that HBCUs and HSIs play a significant role in expanding access to higher education.

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U of Florida Tells Professors Not to Order Sick Students to be Tested for Coronavirus

The University of Florida on Jan. 31 told its professors to stop ordering visibly sick students to leave the classroom and be tested for the Coronavirus, reported National Public Radio.

The university didn’t say how many students were ordered by professors to be tested, nor did it identify the professors who took this action.

“While instructors are encouraged to care for their students and their health, please inform your instructors that they are not to excuse a student from class to confirm they are free of the coronavirus,” wrote Rebecca Holt, the school’s executive assistant to the provost, Joseph Glover, in an email to deans and department chairs.

The university has more than 6,000 international students. No case of the coronavirus has been reported in Florida, but there is rising panic over its rapid global spread.

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University of Colorado Names Theodosia Cook New Chief Diversity Officer

University of Colorado leaders announced that Theodosia Cook will be the new chief diversity officer for the four-campus system, said a university statement.

She “will help develop and implement system-wide policies and initiatives that promote diversity, equity and inclusion,” the statement said.

Cook, currently director of the campus climate and culture initiative at Dartmouth

Theodosia Cook

College, will begin her duties at the University of Colorado on May 1.

“I’m excited to be part of a university that makes diversity, equity and inclusion focal points of its activities and institutional culture,” Cook said.

Cook previously served as director of institutional diversity and equity at Dartmouth. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Sewanee: The University of the South and a master’s degree in education leadership from Columbia University.

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