Higher Ed
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9/21/2018

Daniel Greenstein, the new chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, says he will seek strategies to better define the system's identity and boost sagging enrollment. Greenstein says the system has "an obligation" to make a college education accessible to all students.

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LancasterOnline (Pa.)
9/21/2018

Among early-career college admissions professionals, only 38% say they feel they know a lot about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and that may be hindering the application process for low-income and first-generation college students, a report states. The report recommends more training for admissions officers to help students understand financial aid and their options.

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Federal Student Aid, FAFSA
9/20/2018

A survey from HSBC found that 85% of students work while they're in college, and that most spend more time at work than they do in class or studying. Students spend, on average, 4.2 hours per day working, nearly two hours more than they spend in class and double the amount of time they spend in the library, the data show.

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HSBC
9/19/2018

The University of Pennsylvania next fall will become the first Ivy League school to offer online bachelor degree courses aimed at adult learners. Students will be able to earn a bachelor of applied arts and sciences and some on-campus work will be required, says Nora Lewis, vice dean of professional and liberal education.

9/19/2018

Those seeking a job outside of academia should compile a comprehensive master list of their skills and experience before writing a cover letter, writes Erin Bartram, former University of Hartford visiting assistant professor. In this commentary, Bartram advises candidates to talk with friends outside of academia to get a fresh view of transferable skills.

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University of Hartford
9/19/2018

Students who attend four-year, for-profit colleges take out at least $3,300 more in loans than those attending public four-year colleges, and are 11% less likely to be employed, a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds. The data also show that students attending four-year, for-profit programs are 11 percentage points more likely to default on their loans than public-college students.

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MarketWatch
9/19/2018

The US Education Department has been given 30 days to respond to a federal court judge's ruling that it violated the law by delaying borrower defense rules for students who claimed to be defrauded by for-profit schools. Department officials say they are rewriting the loan-relief rules and expect to release them by Nov. 1.

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The Associated Press
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US Education Department
9/19/2018

Nearly half of college and university faculty say they allow students to use cellphones in class, with some limitations, while a quarter say they have banned them, according to a survey. Cellphones are the second most popular device used in classrooms, the data show, behind laptops, which are favored by 49% of students.

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Campus Technology
9/19/2018

California's Board of Governors is requesting a $488 million funding boost for the state's community-college system for the 2019-20 budget year. Board members say the extra funding will help the 115-college system improve graduation and transfer rates.

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EdSource
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Board of Governors
9/19/2018

Utah Valley University's new president, Astrid Tuminez, began her life in poverty in the Philippines and says she's still often mistaken for a maid or secretary. Tuminez, who has replaced former President Matthew Holland, says she hopes her story will inspire students to work hard for their own success.