Academics with a Ph.D. in science may want to explore off-tenure-track careers such as grant writing or working on the staff of a university department, career consultant Alaina Levine writes in this commentary. To prepare, postdocs should network and look for ways to build their leadership and organizational skills, she advises.
Many colleges and universities, including the University of Texas at Arlington and Pennsylvania State University, are implementing family-friendly policies for graduate students and faculty. Some institutions are providing parental leave benefits and on-campus lactation facilities, officials say.
As students take advantage of services such as Uber and Airbnb, colleges and universities must be proactive in reassessing their safety and security protocols to manage their risk, says Jim Hutton, chief security officer at travel risk management company On Call International. Leaders must also review their safety measures for students who travel abroad, Hutton advises.
Student fees at public colleges and universities increased 40% from 2000 to 2012 in states that have guaranteed tuition laws, according to a new study. Out-of-state tuition in such states also rose by 28%, data showed, which the researchers say suggests that such programs are not beneficial to students.
A new poll by Direct Textbook shows 84% of parents with children in college will vote for a presidential candidate they believe has the best plan to reduce student debt. The survey found that the debt issue was more important to them than other issues such as unemployment, gun control or health care.
Rising textbook costs have many college students seeking budget-friendly options, according to a survey by CampusBooks.com. Sixty-seven percent say they buy used books, 55% say they rent books and 63% search online for class material to avoid buying books.
Higher education marketing directors can develop a plan for the year by meeting with staff to discuss key issues, work flow and current marketing material, writes Deborah Maue, the vice president of strategic marketing and communications at Columbia College Chicago. Implementing a system of rewards for staff can also help keep them motivated and creative, she suggests.
The National Labor Relations Board, reversing a 2004 decision, has found that graduate students at private universities should be considered employees if they hold jobs as teaching or research assistants. A lawyer representing several schools says allowing such students to unionize will be disruptive to higher education.
To create a successful career, professionals need a team of people around them who will listen, give critical feedback and mentor them, Human Workplace CEO Liz Ryan suggests in this commentary. A friend outside of their field allows professionals to get away from work and enjoy themselves, Ryan writes.
College students who wait until as late as their senior year to pick a major are more likely to graduate than peers who declare a major up front, according to a new report from the Education Advisory Board. About 80% of students switch majors during their college tenure, and the report's authors say the data suggests that's a positive thing.
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