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9/18/2017

Former NFL player and entrepreneur Johnathan Holifield has been named by the Trump administration to lead the White House Initiative on HBCUs. University of Pennsylvania professor Marybeth Gasman criticized the appointment, saying Holifield has little HBCU experience, but Lezli Baskerville, president and CEO of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education said Holifield, an attorney, has vast business experience that can help schools.

9/18/2017

Asking for help at work can enable professionals to avoid burnout and create an atmosphere of trust between co-workers, writes career coach and author Krista Rizzo. Professionals also should develop a self-care routine that allows for downtime and opportunities to reassess career priorities, she suggests in this commentary.

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9/18/2017

College and university admissions officials say the use of affirmative action has not led to increased diversity, especially at elite colleges where a recent media analysis found fewer black and Hispanic freshmen enrolled in 2015, compared with 1980. Schools are turning to more personalized recruitment efforts to bring in more minority and underrepresented students, officials say.

9/18/2017

University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst says a state budget approved over the weekend slashing $309 million over the next two years from campuses and UConn Health would be "devastating." Lawmakers have until Oct. 1 to pass a budget, but Gov. Dannel Malloy says he'll veto the measure in its current form.

9/18/2017

The female-to-male earnings ratio shrank last year, reaching 80.5%, according to the Census Bureau. Wages are stagnating for men, while pay is rising for certain groups of women.

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9/18/2017

James Ryan, recently named president of the University of Virginia, says he will seek to tap the "unrealized potential" of faculty and student diversity as well as affordability when he takes the helm next year. Ryan, who serves as dean of Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, will succeed Teresa Sullivan, the school's first female president.

9/15/2017

Legislation to extend the Perkins Loan program is expected to be introduced today in the US Senate by a bipartisan group of lawmakers. The program, set to expire on Sept. 30, permits colleges and universities to make low-interest loans to students.

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9/15/2017

Business schools that don't make it into the top tier of annual rankings must carve out a niche for themselves to attract students, some MBA experts and consultants suggest. Such schools should highlight their assets, such as location and salary data, for graduates, they advise.

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9/15/2017

Business schools at Harvard and Stanford universities have produced the most venture-backed entrepreneurs between January 2006 and August 2017, according to a report from venture capital research firm Pitchbook. The analysis also showed that Harvard produced more venture-backed female entrepreneurs in an MBA program during that time period.

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9/15/2017

Admissions officers and other experts offer their advice for MBA program applicants on writing successful essays. This year, the University of California at Berkeley's Haas School is asking applicants for a six-word essay on a memorable experience, while other schools are providing philosophical open-ended essay prompts.

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