The future of Pell Grants, student debt and community colleges are among the topics some higher-education experts hope the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will cover during today's confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, nominated for US secretary of education.
A bipartisan group of US lawmakers has introduced bills in the House and Senate to protect from deportation undocumented students participating in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The "BRIDGE Act" would enshrine protections granted to students under an executive order issued by President Barack Obama.
The Morehouse College board of trustees has decided not to renew President John Wilson's contract, set to expire in June. The board of the historically black college in Atlanta gave no reason for the decision, and three student members of the board say they were not included in the decision-making.
Public universities and community colleges in Missouri will lose nearly $68 million in core state funding under a budget proposed by Gov. Eric Greitens. Public universities will lose about $56 million, with state community colleges receiving about $12 million less in funding to help balance the state's budget.
The number of students seeking mental health services at college and university counseling centers increased by nearly 30% between 2009 and 2015, according to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health. Many schools are using mobile apps and online resources to help more students, but leaders say extra funding for centers is needed.
Job seekers might do well to take a cue from Disney World when writing a resume by building the document around the theme of how their skills best fit the job, writes Joseph Barber, associate director of career services at the University of Pennsylvania. Instead of focusing on formatting, Barber recommends candidates make the content as compelling and engaging as possible.
A coding error on the federal College Scoreboard that inaccurately reflected student-loan payback rates has been fixed by the US Department of Education. Experts say the fix reveals that repayment rates were inflated and that the national rate dropped by about 20 percentage points.
Those who aspire to become academic deans need to demonstrate to a search committee that they are ready, possess the right temperament and feel called to the job, University of Virginia professor and former dean Robert Bruner suggests in this commentary. Deans also need a compelling vision that will hold their department together and strengthen the school's culture, he notes.
Cybersecurity and data analytics in business decisions will be two top education-technology trends within higher education in 2017, some experts suggest. New technologies, such as augmented and virtual reality, also are expected to play a greater role on campuses, they note.
The University of Washington Tacoma has started a campaign to raise $45 million to hire faculty, expand its campus and provide financial aid for students. School officials say they have raised more than $23 million so far.
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