These three bits of higher education news will give you an update on the goings-on.

3 bits of higher education news you need to know

In case you've missed the headlines this summer, we're rounding up a few pieces of higher education news to keep you up-to-date

1. Social media influencers have come to campus
A number of universities are using students as social media ambassadors, according to Forbes. “Student ambassadors from the University of Delaware and other schools with similar programs such as Kent State University, Babson College, University of Central Florida or New York University post about anything from game day apparel to what they had for breakfast in the cafeteria. These posts showcasing everyday experiences make prospective students realize the university could be a home for them too…”

2. Science wins a beauty pageant
A science experiment nabbed the winning spot at a Virginia pageant earlier this summer, CNN reports. “Camille Schrier was crowned Miss Virginia 2019 at the end of June, and for the talent portion of the competition, the 24-year-old biochemist showed off what she does best: Science. Schrier demonstrated the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide, a reaction that occurs when hydrogen peroxide comes in contact with a catalyst like potassium iodide, which Schrier used in her presentation. …’Keep an eye out,’ she said as people cheered, ‘Because science really is all around us.'”

3. Crippling budget issues in Alaska
The University of Alaska system was dealt a devastating blow weeks ago when a one-year, $135 million budget cut was announced, according to the Anchorage Daily News. Now, the state’s governor says he will replace that cut with a three-year series of cuts totaling $75 million. University officials said that despite the scaled-down cut, the initial budget cut has already impacted their ability to recruit faculty and prospective students.

Laura Ascione