A poll shows that 52% of Republican respondents say students should fund their own college education, while 76% of Democrats say tax revenue should cover the cost for the good of society. The data also reveal that the majority of respondents from both parties hold favorable views of community colleges and say they help build a strong workforce.
A complaint from a University of Southern California doctoral student has resulted in an investigation of Yale University by the US Education Department's Office for Civil Rights. In his complaint, Kursat Christoff Pekgoz argues that certain programs and scholarships benefiting women violate federal statutes because women no longer are a minority in higher education.
Teaching efficiency is higher at more selective universities -- especially at public institutions -- but research efficiency is better at private colleges and universities, according to a study. Researchers say more rural public colleges struggle to attract research funding while research productivity is highest where academics earn larger salaries.
Montana State University Billings needs less than $1 million more to reach its fundraising goal for construction of a new science and health professions building after alumnus Carl Ueland and his wife, Barbara, donated $500,000. The CEO of the school's foundation, Bill Kennedy, says the institution hopes to break ground on the $5 million building next fall.
Professionals contemplating a career in academia have various jobs they can explore, including nontenure-track teaching jobs and positions in diversity offices or libraries, writes David McDonald, assistant director of graduate services at Duke University Career Center. To find the best fit, McDonald suggests matching skills and desires with different available options.
Loyola University New Orleans has chosen Tania Tetlow to be its first layperson, female president of the Louisiana Catholic university. Tetlow, who currently serves as the senior vice president and chief of staff at Tulane University, will replace Rev. Kevin Wildes who served as president for 14 years.
Some higher-education advocates are lobbying Congress for increases in Pell Grant amounts and other changes as lawmakers begin another session of budget planning. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., plans to push for more funding in the House appropriations committee, but some say major Pell changes may have to wait for reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
The University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business will offer a doctor of business administration degree beginning next January. The program is designed for current executives and will offer a blend of online and on-campus courses.
A bachelor's degree can mean a 71% increase in earnings for members of families who grew up below 185% of the poverty line, compared with peers who graduated from high school, according to a study. However, researcher Brad Hershbein in this Q&A asserts that wealthier students still tend to land in higher-paying jobs than their lower-income peers after graduation for various reasons.
A state budget approved by Louisiana lawmakers would trim $88 million -- or 30% -- from TOPS, the state's college tuition-assistance program. Gov. John Bel Edwards warned that if the budget became law, higher-education funding would be reduced by $96 million over and above the TOPS cut, but he has not yet indicated if he will veto the measure.
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