Some student-loan borrowers have complained to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about private lenders extending repayment terms and lowering monthly payments when borrowers try to prepay their principal. CFPB officials say the practice results in borrowers paying more interest and warn borrowers to watch monthly statements for any irregularities.
Getting results from networking events requires a focus on creating partnerships with other professionals instead of attending every event, writes Derek Coburn. This can be accomplished on a smaller scale by hosting small events and asking attendees to bring a guest.
LaVerne Harmon will become Wilmington University's new president in July, making her the first black woman to lead a Delaware university. Harmon, who is the school's executive vice president, says she hopes her promotion will "blaze a trail" for other minority academic leaders.
The trend of colleges and universities opening new campus housing to attract international and wealthier students may be causing a growing gap between students based on income and race. Research has shown that students, no matter where they live on campus, tend to build groups of friends with similar backgrounds.
An annual survey of HR and benefits professionals showed that many employers are considering investments in benefits enrollment and administration technology as well as employee benefits portals. The survey found 27% targeted wellness enrollment technology, and for those who had wellness tracking or analytics, 55% were very satisfied or satisfied with it.
A recent study finds that college students may do better on tests if they believe their professor is attractive compared with the performance of students being taught by instructors they feel are less good looking. In this Q&A, researcher R. Shane Westfall says the results may be because "we have a tendency to pay more attention to attractive individuals."
Job searchers should be wary of prospective employers that ask for proof of past salaries or become slow to respond during the hiring process, writes Liz Ryan, CEO and founder of Human Workplace. She outlines several more red flags that professionals should look for during the job hunt.
Economic changes have increased the number of nontraditional or older students returning to college to earn degrees, data show. Colleges and universities are responding by adapting policies and creating new programs to help meet the diverse needs of such students.
Academic job seekers should talk about overarching themes of their personality that will be an asset to an organization, but be slow to disclose everything about themselves, University of Michigan assistant dean Paula Di Rita Wishart advises in this blog post. In addition, candidates should focus on how they professionally handled conflicts instead of talking about emotions, she suggests.
The members of the National Community College Hispanic Council at a recent conference pushed for more diverse leadership among community-college leaders. The council said there is a special need for more Latinos in leadership and more emphasis on helping Latino students succeed.
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