Successful postdoctoral researchers will make a plan and meet regularly with mentors to get the most out of the experience, writes University of Michigan postdoc fellow Victoria Reyes. In this commentary, she recommends that postdocs network with faculty, but be careful not to get distracted from their main projects.
Miami University President Greg Crawford says the institution's decision to join the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion coalition signals to students that the school thinks diversity is important. Crawford says the university is dedicated to hiring more diverse faculty and creating an inclusive campus.
Data revealed by Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois shows that the Trump administration has not approved any applications for student-loan forgiveness from more than 65,000 borrowers -- 15,000 are new requests that came in between Jan. 20 and July 5. US Education Department spokeswoman Liz Hill says they are "working diligently" to approve the applications.
The Trump administration has yet to appoint an executive director to oversee its initiative on historically black colleges and universities. Jarrett Carter Sr., founder of HBCU Digest, says he withdrew from consideration because there were too many unanswered questions about the initiative.
Students with high SAT scores who showed "demonstrated interest" by visiting a college campus were 40% more likely to be admitted than students without those two features, according to a paper. Researchers say such policies favor wealthier students and called on colleges to subsidize campus tours for lower-income students.
Colleges and universities could boost the number of women who enroll in science, technology, engineering and math fields by emphasizing programs centered on the environment, according to a study from Cornell University's Center for the Study of Inequality. Researcher Dafna Gelbgiser says many newer green jobs are not hampered by the gender stereotypes that plague other STEM fields.
Syracuse University is looking at several strategies, including a tuition increase of more than $5,000 in the fall of 2018, to raise $100 million for academic initiatives. Officials say they want to raise $40 million for scholarships from donors and will cut administrative spending by $30 million.
Tuition rates at colleges and graduate schools grew by 1.9% for the year ending in June 2017 -- a rate which is on pace with inflation -- after outpacing inflation with an average growth of 6% from 1990 through 2016, data show. Experts note that the drop comes as colleges offer tuition discounts to compete for a dwindling number of high-school graduates.
Higher education IT professionals must ensure that everyone affected by technology changes is kept in the loop as they implement new projects, according to a recent report from Deloitte. The report also recommends that any changes are aligned with institutional culture and create incentives for employees to get on board.
Academic job candidates should begin preparing now for the next season of hiring by writing up a fresh curriculum vitae, reviewing their social media presence and publishing new research, writes University of California, Los Angeles, professor David Shorter. In this commentary, he also recommends researching prospective campuses and thinking about how they could be an asset there.