Women who earned an associate degree made about $740 more per year than women with a certificate, while men made $530 more annually than men with a certificate, according to a paper. Long-term certificates are better, researchers say, but overall, graduates with an associate degree tend to have higher earning power.
Job-seekers should customize their LinkedIn profile with a headshot, a unique background and a summary of their accomplishments, writes William Arruda, cofounder of CareerBlast. Adding recommendations and a video bio outlining what the candidate is passionate about can help with standing out, he suggests.
Many colleges and universities, such as the University of Utah, Harvard College and San Diego State, are opening resource centers to offer academic, mental health and legal help for students who are in the country illegally. Thirty-four colleges and universities have signed on to a website from the University of California at Berkeley, which opened the first resource center in 2012, to get advice for their centers.
Women's colleges still have a vital role to play in preparing graduates to face "the subtle and invisible barriers that block women's progress," Hollins University President Nancy Oliver Gray says in this Q&A. As she looks to retire, Gray says she's learned that leaders must be thoughtful in their words and be ready to apologize when necessary.
Colleges and universities that rely on federal grants for research may suffer financial harm under budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump, according to Moody's Investors Service. The proposed $5.8 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health could have the biggest effect, Moody's says, since 80% of the NIH budget funds 300,000 researchers across the country.
Several US senators are asking Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to provide guidance to help students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid paperwork after an online data-retrieval tool from the IRS was taken down for security reasons. The lawmakers also asked the department to consider allowing applicants to submit signed copies of tax returns to fulfill FAFSA requirements.
Proposed cuts to the federal TRIO program in President Donald Trump's budget proposal would hurt low-income and first-generation students, some higher-education officials say. The TRIO program is an umbrella for other grants, including Upward Bound and Student Support Services.
About 32% of the rise in student-loan defaults can be traced back to a decrease in housing prices during the Great Recession, according to a study. Researchers also found that borrowers who enrolled in the government's income-based repayment plans had fewer defaults and were better insulated from economic downturns.
More than half of college and university faculty say they're concerned they may outlive their retirement savings, according to a survey from Fidelity Investments. The survey also found that more than 60% of nonfaculty staff members were worried about their financial situations, compared with 44% of professors.
A proposal that colleges and universities draw adjunct professors from a single pool of candidates represented by one union has drawn interest from some higher-education representatives this week at the annual conference of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions. Supporters say such a system could streamline hiring and save costs.
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