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6/15/2018

Business schools must adapt to incorporate financial-technology courses into their curricula, writes HEC Paris visiting professor Co-Pierre Georg. This includes collaboration with crypto experts and providing students hands-on experiences.

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6/15/2018

Some career counselors and education consultants say MBA applicants should do their homework and clearly define what they want from an MBA. Students especially interested in engineering careers, or in studying abroad, should ensure that the program they choose will boost their career, the experts advise.

6/14/2018

With no floor vote scheduled on a bill that would reauthorize the Higher Education Act in the US House, some observers say the measure may not come up for a vote this year. Some higher-education groups, veterans' groups and student leaders have expressed opposition to the measure.

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6/14/2018

Gerry McGovern, founder and CEO of Customer Carewords, describes many university websites as "a jungle of ego and a desert of usefulness," with few making it easy for students to find what they need. Speaking recently at a European higher-education conference, McGovern urged university marketing leaders to create student-centered websites that address both the successes and the challenges students face.

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6/14/2018

Fewer than a quarter of states ranked in two reports from The Education Trust received above-average ratings for their efforts to close degree-attainment gaps for either black or Latino adults since 2000. Tiffany Jones, director of higher-education policy, said colleges must focus on student success, and states should include racial and ethnic data in accountability and funding formulas for higher education.

6/14/2018

College admissions officials should use social media, email and face-to-face contact to transform applicants into enrolled students, some current admissions officials advise. Going to meet students in their own communities also can build excitement around enrollment, they note.

6/14/2018

A letter from the US Education Department's inspector general to Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., outlined the steps taken by the department's then acting undersecretary to stall debt relief applications filed by former students of for-profit Corinthian Colleges. The letter says the department reduced staff working on the applications, but department officials say more staff has been hired and the process is ongoing.

6/14/2018

A new $497.8 million budget approved by University of Wyoming trustees for next year includes $5.5 million for employee raises and $4 million to hire at least 32 faculty members. The raises are the first increase in three years and will result in an average 3% raise for most employees, the university reported.

6/13/2018

Staffing numbers at the US Department of Education were down overall by 13% between the beginning of the Trump administration and April 2018, according to an analysis. The largest reductions have been in the Office of Federal Student Aid and the Office for Civil Rights, where staff numbers are fewer by 7% and 11%, respectively.

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6/13/2018

Colleges and universities that primarily serve minorities are increasing students' economic well-being at nearly double and triple the rate of white-majority institutions, according to a report from the American Council on Education. The report's lead author, Lorelle Espinoza, says in this Q&A that minority-serving colleges are better prepared to help students overcome learning and financial barriers that could lead them to drop out.