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8/31/2015

Colleges and universities in the US are increasing efforts to prevent campus sexual assault by requiring students to take in-depth courses, as well as implementing other intervention and prevention programs. Schools such as the University of Virginia and the University of Dayton in Ohio also are offering bystander education programs to teach students to recognize and defuse risky situations.

8/31/2015

Programs at schools such as Rutgers University and Western Michigan University help students who have aged out of foster care and who need a place to live and extra academic support. Examples of services include full paid tuition and free year-round housing, as well on-campus coaches who teach students financial literacy and other skills.

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USA Today
8/31/2015

Academics thinking of transitioning to another field between a Ph.D. and postdoc appointment must do research and find ways to highlight how their experience will transfer, some experts say. They should talk with mentors about the change, keep connections in the old field, and consider writing about the transition and the skills it requires, they advise.

8/28/2015

Colleges and universities have "a moral obligation" to help low-income students successfully navigate school and graduate, says Kevin Kruger, president of NASPA, a member organization for student affairs professionals. In this Q&A, Kruger says institutions will soon have to make hard choices to find the money necessary to implement large-scale programs to help such students.

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8/28/2015

Entrance exams should play a role in admissions, but the overall process should be more holistic to give minority and low-income students better access to college, ACT president Jon Erickson suggests in this Q&A. "We always say multiple measures are necessary. You should never make decisions around one piece of information," Erickson notes.

8/28/2015

Entrance exams should play a role in admissions, but the overall process should be more holistic to give minority and low-income students better access to college, ACT president Jon Erickson suggests in this Q&A. "We always say multiple measures are necessary. You should never make decisions around one piece of information," Erickson notes.

8/28/2015

Women who work in male-dominated occupations have dysregulated cortisol profiles throughout the day, potentially increasing vulnerability to disease, according to a study by Indiana University Bloomington doctoral student Bianca Manago and assistant professor Cate Taylor. Other studies have shown that women working in male-dominated professions are likely to be socially isolated and sexually harassed.

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MedCityNews.com
8/28/2015

New college teaching assistants need to show enthusiasm for the classes they are teaching and find ways to connect with students in a professional manner, University of Florida professor Julie Dodd suggests in this commentary. Teaching assistants also should limit personal information shared on their social media profiles and set guidelines on how and when they can be contacted by students.

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InsideHigherEd.com
8/27/2015

To remain viable, colleges and universities must begin to operate more as businesses, identifying and cutting waste where they find it, University of Colorado President Bruce Benson writes. In this commentary, Benson outlines the steps his administration took -- including streamlining staff, reviewing policies and seeking new revenue streams -- to reduce its administrative overhead to 37% below that of its national peers.

8/27/2015

An increasing number of four-year public colleges are spending more on student education than they are receiving in state funding and tuition proceeds combined, according to a new analysis by The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. "Institutions are trying not to pass along all of the lost revenue from the state appropriations cuts," APLU's Christine Keller said. "They understand that increasing costs are putting a burden on students and families."

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