Internship programs can benefit both students and colleges by improving retention and providing success stories for fundraising campaigns, Edvance Foundation Director Brian Mitchell asserts in this blog post. To improve programs, Mitchell suggests that leaders boost the profile of their career counseling programs and broaden internship opportunities.
US colleges and universities can look to Germany's "dual-education" program for a model that builds a bridge between education and the workforce, write Joseph Parilla and Martha Ross, both fellows at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. They urge school leaders to look for ways to integrate academics with job-training programs.
Iowa's three public universities will have to send more than $3.6 million in reimbursements back to the State Board of Regents under a new budget approved by the board. The money -- a 30% increase from last year -- will go to fund shortfalls in central office staffing and operations expenses.
The share of student loan borrowers using income-based repayment plans reached 20% in 2016, quadrupling in just four years, according to a new White House report. However, those with low debt who are most likely to default are lagging in their use of the plan, and experts say the government should do more to educate them about their options.
Nine colleges in one Washington county are collaborating to increase graduation rates at local high schools and encourage students to pursue a college education. Leaders say they're particularly interested in recruiting first-generation students and helping all students fill out federal financial forms.
While more college and university faculty say they are aware of free textbook options, known as open educational resources, only about 5% of the 87% of faculty who said they considered course material costs for students assigned free material, according to a new survey. Nearly half said they refrained from using free material because "there are not enough resources for my subject."
Within the next four years, more colleges and universities will use socioeconomic factors to increase student diversity on campus, and there will be an increase in student-led diversity initiatives as well, Virginia Union University Dean Matthew Lynch predicts. He also sees more Hispanic students entering the workforce and bigger strides in acceptance for LGBT students.
College and university leaders can improve working conditions for adjuncts by ensuring that they are being treated as professionals and given the resources they need to excel, mental health counselor Maria Shine Stewart suggests in this blog post. These improvements serve to benefit adjuncts as well as full-time faculty, she notes.
Colleges and universities should find ways to blend liberal arts subjects with specialized workforce programs to produce better, more well-rounded graduates, according to a forthcoming report.
Academics can improve their time-management skills by prioritizing tasks, avoiding time-sucking activities such as email, and remembering to take breaks, Gaia Vasiliver-Shamis, postdoctoral career development director at the Emory University School of Medicine, suggests.
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