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8/16/2018

The increased use of rental materials and low-priced or free digital textbooks decreased the amount college students are spending on course materials by more than 30% between the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, data show. More students also are using free resources while the number of those renting materials has remained flat for the past four years.

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8/16/2018

A survey by student lender Sallie Mae found that while most families said college is a good investment, 78% said price is a top consideration and 70% of students have rejected schools that are too expensive, up from 42% in 2008. The data showed 49% of parents rejected schools if student aid wasn't sufficient, up from 30% who did so in 2008.

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8/16/2018

Next year, more than 650 colleges and universities will use a tool from the Common Application to help students transfer from two-year to four-year schools or between four-year institutions. The new app will provide pathways to students to ensure credits transfer and offer a place to centralize their documents.

8/16/2018

A measure introduced last session into the South Carolina state legislature would increase funding for the state's colleges and universities and allocate $125 million in additional funding from the state's internet sales tax revenue, if schools agree to keep tuition steady. University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides says he would support the measure if it comes up in the next legislative session.

8/15/2018

The number of Washington state students majoring in computer science is increasing as is enrollment in other science, technology, engineering and math-related fields, according to data from the state's Education Research & Data Center. Data also show a 60-40 ratio of men to women majoring in STEM, unchanged for the past decade.

8/15/2018

LinkedIn and other social networks have become far more important than resumes for landing a job, Kathryn Vasel writes. Resumes have become less than 10% of the hiring process, says Macy Andrews, senior director of HR at Cisco.

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8/15/2018

All of California's community colleges have implemented the state's Guided Pathways program to help students map out their college career and improve chances for completion. Most schools are in the early stages of implementation, according to the chancellor's office, but participation can make schools eligible for other state-funded programs.

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EdSource
8/15/2018

College and university leaders can improve decision-making by creating an elected university senate made up of stakeholders including faculty, staff and students, writes Scott Cowen, president emeritus of Tulane University. In this commentary, he outlines how this model of shared governance can produce both enthusiasm and results.

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8/15/2018

College and university communication leaders seeking to implement a market research project need to clearly spell out their goals and engage with key partners such as alumni, employers or prospective students, writes Paul Redfern, vice president for communications at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. In this blog post, he also recommends creating a report outlining specific steps to implement research results.

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Inside Higher Ed
8/15/2018

Donations to West Virginia University totaled $161 million in the fiscal year 2018, the second-highest annual giving to the institution, said Bill Nevin of the West Virginia University Foundation. The university received several large donations, but officials note that many donations also came through a phone bank manned by student volunteers.

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