Higher-education leaders must adopt "demand-driven education" to equip students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly technological workforce, say the authors of a report from Pearson and JFF. Joe Deegan, a co-author of the report and senior program manager at JFF, says institutions need to "meet learners where they are," including adult students who may be changing careers.
Many US colleges and universities are contracting with private companies to create "pathway" programs to boost enrollment of international students, but an analysis shows mixed results for some institutions. While some institutions report enrollment growth under the programs, some schools have seen little growth, partly because of factors such as cost and changes to the US political climate, the analysis shows.
Sixty-two Senate and House Democrats have penned a letter to US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos asking for the creation of a task force to study rising student debt among black college students and enact policies to help them. In the letter, the lawmakers also call on the department to collect and report student-loan program data, disaggregated by race and ethnicity.
A survey shows that 85% of college students who have attended classes both on campus and online feel that online learning is just as good as or better than face-to-face classes. The data also show that 86% say they believe the value of their degree is equal to or greater than the amount they paid to earn it.
A survey conducted for education software firm Ellucian found competing goals among higher-education leaders for how to use data, with chief finance officers and chief information officers focused on improving learning outcomes while other leaders prioritized retention and degree completion. Contention also remains among leaders over how, or whether, to share data with other departments, the survey shows.
The US Education Department has announced it will delay for one more year some requirements under the gainful-employment rule that compel colleges to publicly disclose employment rates and debt levels of vocational program graduates. In a filing, department officials said the delay will give them time to evaluate the "utility" of the requirements.
A brief filed by Students for Fair Admissions, in its lawsuit alleging discrimination in Harvard University's admissions, claims the institution killed a 2013 report that showed biases against Asian-American applicants. Harvard officials, in their brief, say the report was preliminary and that Asian-American admissions have grown 29% over the past decade.
Successful administrators are those who work to improve both their communication and listening skills, writes Texas Tech University dean and professor David Perlmutter. In this commentary, he outlines strategies leaders can use to boost those skills, including choosing their words carefully and following up on conversations with an email confirming details and commitments.
A number of colleges and universities, such as Bucknell University and Davidson College, are providing more online giving options to alumni to boost donations. Schools are finding success through such platforms as PayPal and crowdfunding sites that younger alumni are attracted to and find easier to use, some fundraising experts say.
Brittany Mosby, Tennessee's first state director of historically black college and university success, says she wants to be more than just "a cheerleader" for HBCUs and plans to implement programs to promote the schools. Mosby in this Q&A discusses her goals for the role and what the position means to her.
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