When Chris Hutt, assistant vice president for academic advising at Kennesaw State University, sent out an email asking students how he could help them enroll in classes next semester, he was amazed by the response. In this commentary, he outlines common obstacles facing students that could hamper retention.
The number of new international students with F-1 visas enrolled in US colleges and universities rose by 104% between 2008 to 2016, according to Census Bureau data. Almost half of those students were pursuing graduate degrees, while 38% enrolled in bachelor's degree programs..
The number of jobs being advertised through the Modern Language Association has hit a new low, with an 11% drop in positions listed for English professors in 2016-17 and a 12% decrease in openings for foreign language faculty. The association says several factors may be at play in this decline for the fifth consecutive year -- including a drop in enrollment and an increase in the number of adjunct instructors.
Two lawmakers -- Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., and Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C. -- have introduced legislation that would require college students to pay back Pell Grants if they fail to graduate within six years. The lawmakers say the measure is needed to protect taxpayers, but critics say it could hurt completion rates in the long run.
Borrowers who default on student loans risk losing professional licenses or driver's licenses in 20 states. Supporters of the law say borrowers somehow find money when threatened with the loss of a license, but critics say the law is too harsh and cuts off people's ability to fulfill an obligation.
If an interviewer asks a question that could be illegal, concerning topics such as age or family status, candidates should ask for clarification or seek to answer the underlying concern, writes Sybil Pressprich, a career and educational counselor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Division of Continuing Studies. Overall, candidates should stay calm and assess if such questions could affect their fit with the organization.
As the number of international students declines at many US colleges and universities, the US economy could take a hit, according to the Institute of International Education. Data show that such students contributed $39.4 billion to the US economy in the 2016-17 academic year.
Colleges and universities should do more to encourage more women to step into leadership roles, says Hollins University President Pareena Lawrence. In this Q&A, Lawrence suggests that women draw on available supports and persevere.
Montana State University President Waded Cruzado says furloughs for staff and faculty are not on the horizon as the state's university system faces $4.5 million in budget cuts. The cuts came after a special legislative session to consider ways to close a $227 million state budget shortfall.
Chatham University President David Finegold says colleges and universities have a responsibility to teach students about climate change and to lead by example through policies and projects that promote sustainability. Speaking recently at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, Finegold outlined how his university is seeking to reach net zero standards by 2025.
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