Community colleges must implement strategies such as online courses, microcredentials and other innovations to remain relevant with students who need more flexibility, said Ken Steele, president and chief futurist of Eduvation. Speaking this week at the 2018 League for Innovation in the Community College Conference, Steele said changing workforce needs mean two-year schools will need nimble strategies.
Mistakes and typos in a cover letter by a candidate for a leadership position at a college or university will be evaluated differently by trustees and faculty on search committees, writes Dennis Barden, a senior partner with the executive search firm Witt/Kieffer. In this commentary, he offers advice on how committees can work through application gaffes and hire the best candidate.
A planned science facility at the University of Wyoming is set to receive $85 million in state funding, with lawmakers expecting school leaders to make up the $15 million still needed for the project. Leaders hope the funding, yet to be approved by the governor, will boost the university's status in cross-disciplinary scientific research.
A minimalist approach to work can improve productivity by sharpening your focus on the task at hand, writes Laura Small. A less-is-more strategy also means clearing physical and virtual workspaces of unnecessary stuff and mentally appreciating what you have, she writes.
About 88.8% of higher-education emails -- those with .edu domains -- are at risk of email phishing attacks, according to a report from 250ok, an email marketing and analytics company. Matthew Vernhout, the company's director of privacy, says many in higher education may not view themselves as targets of these types of attacks.
Efforts to remove barriers to college for students include offering free college-admissions exams in high school. However, approaches vary, and some districts, including Montgomery County, Md., do not cover the cost of the SAT essay required by some colleges for admission.
Journalism schools, such as those at Columbia University and Northwestern University, are seeing a jump in the number of students applying to their programs, their data show. Some say the current political climate and perceptions of the media are driving the increased interest.
Colleges and universities should provide a formal orientation program for new trustees as well as ongoing education and training programs, writes David Miles, board chair of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. Pairing trustees with mentors and laying out the scope of the work required can also help them succeed, Miles notes in this commentary.
Professionals can be certain they have found the right job when they are excited about going to the office and they feel a sense of purpose in their work, writes learning specialist Stacy Pollack. Other signs that a job is a good fit include having opportunities to grow and take initiative on projects, she asserts in this commentary.
The US Department of Education has broadened the types of civil-rights investigations for which it publicly shares information on its website, but is sharing fewer details about the cases, according to a new analysis. In particular, the analysis says the department is no longer releasing key information on its website about resolved Title IX sexual-violence investigations and enforcement activities.