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5/23/2017

Indiana's 15 to Finish initiative, which requires students to take 15 credit hours per semester to maintain state aid, has boosted the likelihood that students will earn 30 credit hours a year by 5.2%. Among students receiving the highest amount of aid, such growth nearly doubled to 10.1%, the data show.

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Inside Higher Ed
5/23/2017

Money for medical research could take a hit if Congress approves President Donald Trump's budget plan. The proposal calls for a $5.8 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health and $1 billion less for the National Cancer Institute compared to its 2017 budget.

5/23/2017

Child-care providers prefer applicants with some college experience, but holding a four-year degree made a candidate no more likely to be hired than holding a two-year degree, according to a study. Researchers say their results point to the need for improvements in early-childhood training programs.

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Education Dive
5/23/2017

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education sends text messages to students over the summer to answer admissions questions, point out campus resources and offer other information to boost the number of students who show up to attend the state's public colleges in the fall. The "Summer Nudging" program reportedly reached 1,800 students in 2016.

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5/23/2017

Many academic library leaders feel their role is to support student success, but only half say they have a clearly articulated policy on fostering such success, a recent survey shows. In addition, the data indicate many librarians don't feel valued by supervisors such as chief academic officers.

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Campus Technology
5/23/2017

Colleges and universities are using the internet of things to improve facilities' costs and streamline services for students, but the technology does not come without risks, writes Kelly Walsh, chief information officer of The College of Westchester in New York. In this commentary, Walsh suggests that IT departments consider both security and privacy when implementing IoT solutions.

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5/22/2017

Institutions such as Ohio University and Ithaca College are among those providing summer housing and other support for international students who are wary of traveling overseas during the summer in case changing federal visa and immigration policies prevent their return. Some universities also are providing food and employment assistance.

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Ithaca College, Ohio university
5/22/2017

Colleges and universities considering licensing their trademarks should develop policies and prepare for startup costs, Kristi Eaves-McLennan, executive director of marketing for Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C., suggests in this commentary. Institutions should consider licensing partnerships and communicate with the larger campus about how money from the program will be used, she writes.

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Meredith College
5/22/2017

The shutdown of the IRS data-retrieval tool was prompted by the alleged actions of a Louisiana private investigator accused of trying to use the tool to uncover President Donald Trump's tax return information, according to court records. Federal investigators say a potential security flaw in the tool, used by students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, may have led to a data breach affecting more than 100,000 people.

5/22/2017

St. Lawrence University alumnus Sarah Johnson and her parents, Charles and Ann Johnson, have donated $25 million in unrestricted funds to the school. The gift is the largest ever received by the Canton, N.Y., university.