Higher Education


As the incoming Biden administration considers the question of forgiving student debt, one thing is for sure: the cost of a higher education continues to rise. The Millennial generation in particular has felt the sting of thousands of dollars of student loans, causing many in that generation to delay or forgo marriage, homebuying and having children.

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A lot happened in Idaho news this week. Between our most recent spike in COVID-19 cases (including a report on Idaho schools from the White House) some new research on the health concerns facing Latina farmworkers in the Treasure Valley, the beginning of debate season in the Gem State plus a new effort to keep people in their homes and stave off evictions in Canyon County, there's plenty to cover.

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College students across the country are facing growing food and housing insecurity problems. Many universities are responding to this crisis in a number of ways.

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As we move through an unprecedented school year, the thousands of high school seniors across Idaho still need to be planning for their future after graduation.

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Boise State University President Marlene Tromp has had a challenging first year in her position. From managing state budget cuts pre-COVID to leading the university through the academic and public health challenges of 2020, we wanted to hear more about how she’s navigating through crisis — while making tough decisions about layoffs and furloughs.

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It's estimated that approximately 10,000 Boise State University students will attend at least one in-person class this semester. That said, thousands more will be accessing instruction from a distance. As Idaho's largest institution of higher education begins another academic year, students, faculty and staff are facing a lengthy list of safety protocols, while the spread of COVID-19 isn't expected to abate any time soon.

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Idaho State University held its first day of classes for the fall 2020 semester Monday. Meanwhile, Boise State University will welcome students to campus on August 24, and the University of Idaho plans to open classroom doors August 31. 

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It was another tumultuous week in Idaho as the state continues to struggle against the coronavirus. While there are some signs that hot spots in the southwest part of the state are beginning to slow down in new cases, hospitalizations are up and another 26 fatalities were reported by the state since Sunday. With that backdrop, schools are trying to reopen. 

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Since the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis in May, organizations, businesses and higher education institutions have released statements in support of Black lives. But at universities which are predominantly white, a growing number of people say they’re disappointed by the lack of tangible change to policy and programs. 


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Idaho’s higher education community has been rocked by the pandemic. In the middle of the semester, classes moved to distance learning and students and professors alike were forced to get used to a “new normal.” 

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2020 has been a year unlike any other for Idaho institutions of higher learning. But the biggest change is coming to the College of Southern Idaho where, this month, President Dr. Jeff Fox is leaving after spending more than three decades at the college, (nearly seven years as its president), while Dr. L. Dean Fisher takes over as the college's fifth president.

Most colleges across the country have closed campuses. But as classes go online, not every student can pick up and head home. Tizee Kasetet is a sophomore at the College of Idaho. “I'm from Namibia in southern Africa,” he said.

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About two weeks ago, Concordia University Portland announced it would be closing after 115 years leaving the future of Concordia Law School in Boise uncertain.



The cost of college education keeps going up. Idaho tries to mitigate that cost with a state-sponsored 529 college savings program. It’s called IDeal and it has shifted over time to better help future students and their families save for higher education. IDeal’s executive director Christie Stoll joins Idaho Matters shares details on a new national campaign to help families start saving sooner.

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Presidents of each of Idaho’s public, four-year colleges and universities say there will be no tuition increases for in-state, undergraduate students next year.

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Idaho has had a notoriously tough time getting its high school students to continue their education. But the Idaho State Board of Education is hoping that its new online tools can help propel students towards new educational paths. We talk with officials to learn more about the latest effort to get students into college.

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According to a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts, Idaho higher education ranks 49th in the nation when it comes to how much revenue is collected for each student. So does that mean Idaho’s colleges and universities are underfunded? Idaho EdNews dug deeper into the report and breaks down their findings on Idaho Matters.  

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When Idaho’s State Board of Education announced this spring that Marlene Tromp would be the next president of Boise State University, the crowd at the Stueckle Sky Center erupted in applause. After more than a year-long search, the university would have a new leader. 

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After last year's failed levy the College of Western Idaho has scaled back their expansion, proposing three new options for funding. Join us as we discuss these options and how they could improve the student and teacher experience.

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Marlene Tromp will join Boise State University as the seventh president in the university’s history. A packed crowd of students, faculty and staff applauded loudly as the Idaho State Board of Education voted to approve her appointment Tuesday. They also approved her $425,000 salary.