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12/6/2017

Undergraduate students at Harvard University who join single-sex organizations such as fraternities or sororities will continue to face penalties such as exclusion from leadership and post-graduate academic recommendations. The policy, enacted last year, is aimed at improving gender equality on campus, leaders say, and will be reviewed after five years.

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Harvard University
12/6/2017

New Mexico college and university leaders are asking lawmakers to separate tuition costs from lottery scholarships that are currently tied to a student's tuition costs. Garrey Carruthers, chancellor of New Mexico State University, told lawmakers such a move would help colleges keep overall tuition costs lower.

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New Mexico State University
12/6/2017

Uncertainty around higher-education policy and funding has prompted credit reporting agency Moody's Investors Service to downgrade its outlook on colleges and universities from "stable" to "negative." The report noted that tax reform and changes in financial aid "could negatively affect enrollment and tuition-revenue growth, philanthropic support, and the cost of borrowing."

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12/6/2017

During a first-round interview, academics should stay on topic when answering questions and make a strong conclusion for each answer, writes Melissa Dennihy, an assistant professor at Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York. In this commentary, she also suggests paying attention to unspoken cues from the committee and asking questions about the institution and program.

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Inside Higher Ed
12/5/2017

The Trump administration's travel ban, which higher-education leaders say could hamper entry to the country by students and researchers, has been allowed to go into effect by the US Supreme Court as appeals are heard. The order bans travel by prospective immigrants from six Muslim-majority nations, plus North Korea, and imposes various levels of vetting on nonimmigrant travelers.

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Inside Higher Ed
12/5/2017

Laptops are seen as an important tool for studying by 86% of college students, and 53% say they prefer classes that use digital tools, according to McGraw-Hill Education's 2017 Digital Study Trends Survey. The data also showed that 60% of students feel that digital tools have helped improve their academic performance.

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EdTech online
12/5/2017

Students applying to college can face a dizzying array of variety within college applications as schools require different criteria, writes Rebecca Zwick, a senior researcher at Educational Testing Service. In this commentary, she suggests that admissions officials be more transparent and clearly state what is required from applicants.

12/5/2017

College and university leaders can help prevent students from committing violent acts by fostering a sense of connection and nonviolence on campus, according to a new paper. Researchers say students who feel isolated, marginalized or persecuted are at a higher risk of becoming radicalized or advocating for violence.

12/5/2017

Loyola University New Orleans has received $10 million from the estate of Maedell Hoover Braud, who served on the university's staff for more than 30 years. The gift, one of the largest received by the institution, will be used to create student scholarships.

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Loyola University
12/4/2017

A House of Representatives plan to reauthorize the Higher Education Act includes a provision that would allow colleges to delay sexual assault investigations if requested by police or prosecutors. The bill also would impose performance-based funding on minority-serving institutions and increase federal student loan risk sharing for colleges.

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