The Indian Institute of Management Bangalore has opened a new Israel Center to bolster "more collaborations in the realm of academics, research, business, and beyond," said IIM Bangalore Director Professor G. Raghuram. Israel and India celebrated 25 years of diplomatic relations.
Congress is considering a proposal to levy a 1.4% tax on private college and university endowments of more than $250,000 per full-time student, affecting about 70 institutions. College leaders say the tax would deplete the amount of money they can spend in areas such as research and financial aid.
A recent study found three-quarters of employers would hire at least one business major this year. Karen Marks, president and founder of North Star Admissions Consulting, says students interested in pursuing undergraduate business degrees in areas such as finance or business administration should talk with college career centers to find the right program.
About half of college students taking part in the National Survey of Student Engagement say they're learning about other cultures and discussing equity and privilege, while three out of five say they're encouraged to share their own thoughts on subjects. Alexander McCormick, NSSE director, says the data on diversity can give institutions an opening to deepen the discussion on campus.
Yale University Chief Diversity Officer Deborah Stanley-McAulay says the school boosted retention of IT workers by creating affinity groups where people could find support. Speaking at a recent conference, Stanley-McAulay and others offered tips to boost diversity among IT employees in higher education.
College students of color face many challenges but often are the least likely to seek mental health resources, college counselors and psychologists attending a recent forum on the topic say. Counselors say mental health workers must adapt to better serve the unique concerns of such students.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing will be renamed in honor of Jane and Robert Cizik to commemorate their $25 million gift to the school. The gift, which Jane Cizik says is meant to help stem a nursing shortage, is the largest the school has ever received.
Academic job candidates should present their ideas or vision about global and local issues facing the institution for which they are interviewing, and propose solutions to problems, David Perlmutter, professor and dean of the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University suggests. In addition, they should use quantitative data to back up proposals and to show they have done some research, he advises.
A tax plan under consideration in the US House of Representatives would tax Ph.D. students on their tuition waivers, which experts say could put the degrees out of reach for some students. Carnegie Mellon University Interim President Farnam Jahanian says any reduction in access "will harm American families and undermine the mission of higher education."
Two members of Congress, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., in a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos criticized the Education Department for a "lack of full transparency" as negotiators this week began private meetings around the revision of federal borrower defense rules. Department officials say they'll consider releasing audio recordings of the proceedings.