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12/12/2017

A new study shows that during academic seminars, men are two and a half times more likely to ask questions during panel discussions than their female peers. Researchers say women reported feeling more intimidated during such discussions and recommended that panelists seek out more diverse voices during sessions.

12/12/2017

Capital One has committed to invest $3 million to endow a faculty chair in the University of Maryland's computer science department. The company also has pledged to open an innovation lab as part of the school's mixed-use development plan near campus.

12/11/2017

Proposed legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act -- known as the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform, or PROSPER Act -- would, among other things, cap loan limits for graduate students and increase loan amounts for undergraduates. In this commentary, University of Florida professor Dennis Kramer II and Vanderbilt University doctoral candidate Christopher Marsicano outline five major changes in the legislation.

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The Conversation (US)
12/11/2017

When meeting with a final hiring decision-maker during an academic interview, professionals should know that person's vision and priorities and highlight how their skills fulfill the job's requirements, writes Texas Tech University professor David Perlmutter. In this commentary, Perlmutter suggests that candidates also consider what it would be like to work for that administrator.

12/11/2017

Changes to education tax credits and financial aid proposed in congressional tax overhaul measures could have negative consequences for community-college students, says Jose Adames, president of El Centro College in Dallas. In this Q&A, Adames says making it harder for students to get a degree could do future harm to the economy.

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National Public Radio
12/11/2017

Many US employers have started offering sabbaticals to employees, allowing workers to recharge, travel or acquire new skills. A study by eDreams found 75% of working Americans said they would like to take an extended break, and 53% cited the desire to escape the stress of work as a contributing factor.

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Forbes
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12/11/2017

A new analysis shows that international students affected by the US travel ban were less likely to receive help from colleges and universities located in states where voters supported President Donald Trump. Researchers also found that leaders of those colleges were half as likely to officially respond to the ban than leaders at colleges in states that backed Hillary Clinton.

12/11/2017

More than one million Chinese students earned credits from foreign colleges and universities in the 2015-16 academic year, compared to 325,500 US students, according to data from the Institute of International Education. The data also showed that US students are more likely enroll in colleges where mainly English was spoken, while Chinese students were more likely to attend schools with different dominant languages.

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Quartz
12/11/2017

Ten private college and university presidents were paid more than $2 million in 2015, including the top paid leader, Wake Forest University's Nathan Hatch, who earned $4 million, according to a new survey. The data also showed that 58 presidents brought in salaries of more than $1 million in 2015, compared with the 39 leaders earning that amount in 2014.

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12/11/2017

After six years of privately courting donors, Tulane University has raised $820 million, which is more than 60% of its $1.3 billion fundraising goal, officials say. The money is expected to go to scholarships and to boost the institution's endowment.

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