Higher Ed
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9/13/2018

The US Education Department violated the law when it delayed implementation of the so-called borrower defense rule that shields students from loan fraud, according to a ruling this week by a federal judge. The judge says he will decide Friday what remedies he will order in the case.

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US Education Department
9/13/2018

High-school students in Texas who enrolled in dual-credit programs were able to graduate college about a year ahead of their peers, according to data shared with lawmakers this week by Raymund Paredes, the Texas commissioner of higher education. Enrollment in the state's dual-credit programs has grown from 64,910 high-school students in 2007 to 151,669 in 2017.

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Raymund Paredes
9/13/2018

Hispanic students would be better served by colleges and universities that prepared them for life after graduation, according to a recent report by Excelencia in Education, Strada Education Network and Gallup. Institutions should ensure students are not only ready to join the workforce but are choosing jobs they will thrive in, said Deborah Santiago, co-founder and CEO of Excelencia.

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NBC News
9/13/2018

A Census Bureau report shows 4.8% of undergraduate degree-holders lived in poverty in 2017, an increase from 4.5% the year before. While the increase is roughly equal to the report's margin of error, Temple University professor Doug Webber says, factors in play may include an increase in the number of workers with college degrees.

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MarketWatch, Quartz
9/13/2018

Reliance on part-time instructors at two-year colleges could have an adverse effect on the academic performance of students, especially those in science, technology, engineering and math fields, according to a study. Data show that students instructed by adjuncts have grades, on average, 4% lower than students taught by full-time faculty.

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Education Dive
9/13/2018

A $6 million unrestricted donation from the Carl S. Swisher Foundation to Jacksonville University in Florida presents "a rare opportunity" for the school, President Tim Cost says. The late Swisher served as chairman of the university's board of trustees and was among the first major donors to the school.

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Jacksonville University, Swisher
9/12/2018

A survey of students who have taken the ACT found that 85% of students considered underserved had access to only one digital device, most likely a cellphone, while at home. Researchers from the ACT Center for Equity in Learning recommend that schools increase access by implementing one-to-one programs and other strategies.

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Education Dive
9/12/2018

About 41% of adults say they would consider going back to school to earn a degree or certificate in cybersecurity, according to a survey from Champlain College Online. Those who responded said their motivations included better pay and job security.

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Campus Technology
9/12/2018

Katherine Bliss, who left her tenured faculty job for a career in government policy, says those contemplating a move out of academia should identify transferable skills and research the nuances of their new field. In this commentary, she also recommends seeking grants that may help ease the transition to this different career.

9/12/2018

Not getting enough sleep could adversely affect college students' grades and increase the probability that they will drop classes, according to a study. Researchers found the effect is worse for first-year students who are 14% more likely to drop a class for every day they don't get enough sleep.

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Reuters