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1/16/2018

As enrollment appears to be rebounding for US law schools, the American Bar Association has publicly posted letters sent to more than a dozen schools warning of accreditation compliance violations for admitting students deemed not likely to succeed. The enrollment decline and other problems have led some institutions, such as Whittier College, to end their law school programs.

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1/16/2018

Traits of leaders with high emotional intelligence include being empathetic, positive and authentic, and they practice those traits whenever possible, writes Joel Garfinkle. "Beyond work, think of ways to apply yourself at home, in social and community situations," he writes.

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1/16/2018

Lawmakers in West Virginia are considering a measure to help career and technical education students secure funding for college. Under the West Virginia Invests Grant Program, after students have exhausted all available sources of funding, including grants and scholarships, the state would cover the students' tuition.

1/16/2018

A $1.1 million donation from a graduate of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is aimed at helping the school increase diversity among students in computer science programs, officials say. Women earned 18% of computer science degrees at the Indiana college during the 2015-16 academic year, said J.P. Mellor, head of the computer science and software engineering department.

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Indiana Public Media
1/16/2018

Some Minnesota colleges and universities, such as Carleton College, are creating scholarships and other programs to boost enrollment of students from more rural areas of the state. The schools also are creating on-campus support programs for such students, who tend to be first-generation college attendees.

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1/16/2018

Morehouse College's new president, David Thomas, says one of his top priorities is starting a capital fundraising campaign to generate money for new faculty and expanded technology on the Atlanta campus. Thomas says he hopes to bring in up to $500 million to support the mission of the historically black university.

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1/15/2018

Academic job seekers can look to figure skaters for lessons on topics such as being coachable and getting back up after a fall, writes Gaia Vasiliver-Shamis, the assistant director of the office of postdoctoral education at the Emory University School of Medicine. Job seekers must also develop patience and have the courage it takes to try something new, she writes in this commentary.

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Inside Higher Ed
1/15/2018

Financial aid for college and university students must be reformed to include living expenses such as food and shelter, writes Temple University professor Sara Goldrick-Rab. In this commentary, she quotes research that shows many students are going hungry because of the high cost of tuition and barriers to obtaining federal assistance.

1/15/2018

Several former officials under the Obama administration have gone on to become college presidents, including new Agnes Scott College President Leocadia Zak, who served as director of the US Trade and Development Agency. The trend shows a willingness by boards of trustees to look outside of academia for top leaders, some experts suggest.

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1/15/2018

David Coleman, president and chief executive officer of the College Board, says the organization will donate $100,000 to the African Leadership Academy and seek to expand support for students from Haiti and Central America following disparaging comments made by President Donald Trump. Coleman says that US "colleges are hungry for the strength and talent of African, Haitian and Central American students."