The Obama administration is being urged by students who say they were defrauded by for-profit colleges to accelerate the loan forgiveness process before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. The Education Department says it has streamlined the process, but data show the debts of only 19% of students from Corinthian Colleges alone have been forgiven so far.
As high-school graduation rates decline, colleges and universities must look for new ways to recruit students, especially minority students, and ensure their success, write Joe Garcia, president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, and William Serrata, president of El Paso Community College. In this commentary, they suggest a number of ways colleges can boost enrollment.
A new report from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport shows a 19% graduation gap between black and white college football players. Graduation rates for black players increased from 66% last year to 68% this year, data showed, but officials said colleges must do more to ensure new recruits are academically ready to succeed.
Data show 39 presidents of private colleges and universities made more than $1 million in total compensation in 2014, up from 32 the year before. The highest-paid private college president was Jack Varsalona of Wilmington University, who received $5.4 million, mainly from deferred compensation and other payments, the data show.
A record $25 million gift will help Roosevelt University in Illinois fund student scholarships and bolster its endowment. The gift, bestowed by the estates of Rosaline Cohn, a Chicago philanthropist, and her daughter, Marcia Cohn, exceeds the prior record of $5 million given in 2002.
Finding adequate food and housing are among the top concerns of community-college students, and those concerns are particularly acute among minority students, a new report shows. Researchers say college leaders must acknowledge the problem and find ways to provide food and shelter to students in need.
Early interventions and programs that offer extra support are needed by first-generation college students to help them succeed, says Carl Strikwerda, president of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. In this Q&A, Strikwerda outlines his college's plan to help students develop "grit" and a growth mindset that helps them rebound from setbacks.
More than 60% of traditional college students under age 25 said they enrolled in school because it was "the next logical step," while 54% of older, nontraditional students said college offered a path to a better job, according to a new survey. The different motivations point to the necessity for different strategies from colleges to meet student needs, researchers suggest.
New business enterprises started by University of Chicago students, faculty and alumni will have a new source of funding as the school allocates $25 million of its $7.1 billion endowment toward entrepreneurs over the next decade. School officials say they hope to invest in three to four new companies a year.
Graduate students should seek advisers who are generous with their time, advice and affirmations, James Van Wyck, a postdoctoral teaching fellow at Fordham University, suggests in this commentary. Good advisers are willing to be lifelong mentors to their students, Van Wyck notes.
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