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9/15/2017

Academics should use a job talk to showcase their problem-solving skills and the passion they have for their work, writes CareerTrax founder David Jensen. Candidates also should ask about who will be in the room so they can tailor their talk to specific concerns, he suggests in this commentary.

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9/15/2017

It can be difficult to say "no" to requests for your time in a way that delivers the message without hurting feelings, writes Deborah Grayson Riegel. She outlines 20 ways to gracefully turn down a request, with one example being, "Not this time, but thank you for thinking of me."

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Psychology Today
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Deborah Grayson Riegel
9/15/2017

First-year students who did not have a positive orientation experience were 71% more likely than their peers to report earning grades of C or lower, a new study finds. However, those who had a positive orientation experience were 17% more likely to rate their campus experience as positive, which researchers said points to the importance of student engagement for retention and graduation.

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Campus Technology
9/15/2017

California Gov. Jerry Brown is weighing whether to sign a measure that would provide free tuition for the first year of community college to full-time students. The California College Promise measure is currently unfunded, and Brown has several options, which include signing it and directing resources to be made available in the 2018-19 budget.

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EdSource
9/15/2017

College and university leaders launching an executive search should weigh several factors before deciding if they should hire a consulting firm, writes Lucy Leske, a senior partner at executive-search consulting firm Witt/Kieffer. Some important considerations include whether the institution has experienced search committee members and strong administrative support, she suggests in this commentary.

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Lucy Leske
9/15/2017

Ten colleges, including Duke University and Hamline University, have been selected to receive multiyear Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation grants to create centers on campus focused on justice, inclusion and racial issues. The Association of American Colleges and Universities, which is overseeing the grants, aspires to establish 150 centers across the US.

9/15/2017

Our most recent update includes news about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program rescission, and GMAC partnering with 75 US higher-education associations as a signatory to a letter, urging Congress to pass legislation to protect dreamers. For key elements on the DACA rescission and how it will impact your student bodies, see this issue brief released by the American Council on Education. Another update discusses news that international students, banned from entering the US under the first travel ban, can now reapply for visas due to a settlement reached. For more information, visit GMAC's Immigration and Visa Policy Updates.

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gmac.com
9/15/2017

Don't miss a unique opportunity to position yourself and your school as leaders in the graduate management education community by sharing your innovations, ideas and best practices. Call for proposals ends Sept. 25. Submit now.

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9/15/2017

The Graduate Management Admission Council, in partnership with nine business schools in India, is marketing India as an ideal place for students to earn an MBA degree. GMAC President Sangeet Chowfla said the "Study in India" campaign was prompted by the growing relevance of India in business and addresses students' interest in alternatives to schools in the US and UK.

9/15/2017

The methodology for the Financial Times' ranking of masters in management programs now includes graduate salary information. Switzerland's University of St. Gallen retained its top ranking for the seventh year.

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University of St. Gallen