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Sep
18

Join SSU, the Private American University in San Diego, Irvine and Las Vegas

Southern States University is a private American university with campuses in California and Nevada. Our students love studying here, because it is very affordable, the locations are close to some of the most popular places in the United States; Los Angeles, San Diego, beautiful beaches – everything you can wish for when studying at an

By Sadok Abdelli | blog
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Aug
26

EVENT: 24 Hour Swim Fundraising

On August 24th, one of our SSU staff members Juliano participated in this fundraiser swim event on behalf of SSU. The fundraiser is a 24-hour team relay event for swimmers of all abilities to raise money for DROWNING PREVENTION in San Diego County. At SSU, we encourage community involvement. Juliano represented SSU by swimming for

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Aug
26

Hike: Torrey Pines Natural Reserve

On August 23rd, we had a small student field trip to Torrey Pines Natural Reserve. There was about a group of 10 students, who hiked from the top of the mountain down to Torrey Pines State Beach. We had such an amazing time, mild exercise, and got to enjoy BEAUTIFUL views. Torrey Pines State Natural

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Aug
23

VISIT: Illumina

On August 9th, we had a company tour to Illumina. Illumina is a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of life science tools and integrated systems for large-scale analysis of genetic variation and function. The mission of Illumina is to improve human health by unlocking the power of the genome. We were able to see their

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Aug
23

VISIT: Proud Digital Media

On August 14th we visited Proud Digital Media in Upland, CA. Students from the Irvine campus went to learn about the company’s professional expertise, receive some career advice which can be beneficial for their job search. Thank you Prof Gary Lawson for the great opportunity, and for taking the time to explain to us about the

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Feb
04

How to Build A Bridge Between Cultures

If you asked people what is the best part of studying abroad, most of them would say the opportunity of getting to know more people and discovering new cultures. It’s usually easy to communicate if you have a mutual language, but there are more –and better- channels to talk with a foreigner.  No matter which

By Sadok Abdelli | blog
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Jan
14

Winter Quarter | Start Of Classes

Congratulations to all the students who made it to the winter quarter at SSU and welcome all the new students who just joined SSU community. Countdown is over and today is the first day of classes. For some people the first day of classes may be a very giddy experience, for others it can be

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Jun
11

Ajit Pai’s repeal of net neutrality officially goes into effect today

TL;DR: The FCC repeal of net neutrality goes into effect TODAY, but Congress can still stop it and save the Internet. Click here to contact your House Reps right now! Hold the obituaries. Net neutrality is not dead. Ajit Pai’s absurd repeal of basic free speech protections is the most unpopular decision in the history of

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The Trump administration abandons a plan to strip visas from international students taking only virtual courses.

 July 14, 2020

From the New York Times.

For your information while we await official word from SEVP.

The Trump administration has walked back a policy that would have stripped international college students of their U.S. visas if their coursework was entirely online, ending a proposed plan that had thrown the higher education world into turmoil.

The policy, announced on July 6, prompted an immediate lawsuit from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and on Tuesday, the government and the universities reached a resolution, according to the judge overseeing the case.

The agreement reinstates a policy implemented in March amid the pandemic that gave international students flexibility to take all their classes online and remain legally in the country with student visas.

“Both the policy directive and the frequently asked questions would not be enforced anyplace” under the resolution, Judge Allison Burroughs said, adding that the agreement applied nationwide.

The initial guidance, issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, would have required foreign students to take at least one in-person class or leave the country. Students who returned to their home countries when schools closed in March would not have been allowed back into the United States if their fall classes were solely online.

The higher education world was thrown into disarray, with most colleges already well into planning for the return to campus in the fall. Two days after it was announced, Harvard and M.I.T. filed the first of several lawsuits seeking to stop it.

The attorneys general of at least 18 states, including Massachusetts and California, also sued, charging that the policy was reckless, cruel and senseless. Scores of universities threw their support behind the litigation, along with organizations representing international students.

On Tuesday, more than a dozen technology companies, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, also came out in support of the Harvard and M.I.T. lawsuit, arguing the policy would harm their businesses.

“America’s future competitiveness depends on attracting and retaining talented international students,” the companies said in court papers.

John Tucker
Chancellor
Southern States University

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