President Barack Obama during his tenure as president has focused on many areas of higher education, including affordability, accessibility, diversity and workforce preparation. This analysis takes a look at where his policies have helped and where improvements are still needed.
Harvard University raised the most money from alumni donations in 2015, but Princeton University had the highest percentage of alumni giving in 2013-14 and 2014-15, with 63% donating, recent surveys show. The top 10 schools on the list reported an average of about 53% of alumni donating to their alma mater, the data show.
Ph.D. candidates need to give themselves enough time to search for jobs either in academia or industry while still writing or defending their dissertation, University of Colorado Ph.D. Katie Shives writes in this blog post. It's also important to learn to manage stress and practice self-care to stay on track, she notes.
Graduation rates for black football players attending colleges within the NCAA's five wealthiest athletic conferences are 25.2 percentage points lower than other full-time black male students, according to a study by the University of South Carolina's College Sport Research Institute. Advocates say the data show colleges must do more to support students involved in athletics.
College and university leaders must "take measurable steps" to improve diversity and the racial climate on campuses, writes Weldon Latham, founder and head of the Corporate Diversity Counseling Group. In this commentary, he suggests that leaders listen and actively address student and faculty concerns about diversity.
A new state-sponsored program called Advise TN is sending 30 specially trained advisers to high schools across Tennessee to help students enroll in college. The $2.4 million program is targeting schools where college enrollment is below the three-year state average of 58.8%, officials say.
The amount of student loans carried by undergraduate students increased by 4% in 2015 from the year before to an average of $30,100, according to a report from The Institute for College Access and Success. Reasons for the increase include the difficulty in estimating the true cost of college, a TICAS official noted.
Ph.D. graduates should start early researching organizations they want to work for and network to learn about upcoming or unadvertised positions, according to Lauren Celano, co-founder and CEO of Propel Careers. Graduates also should take inventory of their skills and the kind of jobs they enjoy and search for organizations that are a good fit, she recommends.
Faculty and coaches, represented by the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, this morning have gone on strike at 14 state universities and colleges after failing to reach a contract agreement with system officials. At issue are disagreements over compensation, adjunct faculty and health insurance, officials say.
Some colleges are turning to telepsychology -- digital mental health tools and services -- to address the increased demand for counseling from students dealing with depression, anxiety and other issues. Critics question the efficacy of such tools, but experts say they're meant to supplement, not replace, in-person counseling.
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