Two top officials in the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights this week told attendees at the National Association of College and University Attorneys conference that they will uphold the nation's civil rights laws. They noted that they would collaborate with those in the field and ensure the OCR operates as a "neutral, impartial investigative agency."
More than 175 top colleges and universities, including Harvard, Boston College and MIT, are considering proof of "ethical engagement" in applications, along with exam results, for some students. The goal of Making Caring Common, a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is to increase diversity at elite institutions, writes Jake Murray, faculty director for professional education at Boston University's School of Education.
A report shows California high-school students in three regions in the state need more support, both financially and academically, to enroll and graduate from college and boost the state's workforce. The report notes that funds are needed to expand satellite campuses and initiatives to improve transfer rates.
Salaries for presidents of US public colleges and universities increased by 5.3% in 2016, according to data from The Chronicle for Higher Education. The highest-paid president was Michael Crow from Arizona State University whose compensation totaled almost $1.6 million last year, the data show.
College and university media professionals should tailor their message and cultivate relationships with minority media outlets to reach prospective minority students, panelists said this week at the College Media Conference. Stories should highlight human interest and be tied to larger issues to be relevant, advised Jamal Watson, executive editor of "Diverse: Issues in Higher Education."
Florida Atlantic University will rename its lifelong learning program in honor of businessman Bernard Osher after he donated $4 million to the school. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute provides noncredit courses to older adults.
Academics seeking a postdoctoral fellowship should do their homework and craft a clear research and writing plan, suggests University of Pittsburgh assistant professor Keisha Blain. They also should reach out to contacts for recommendation letters and continue to apply for fellowships, even if initial applications are rejected, she suggests.
With an estimated 4% of college and university faculty having some sort of disability, administrators must do more to accommodate their needs, writes professor Joseph Grigely of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In this commentary, he outlines the challenges faced by faculty members with disabilities and the help they need from leaders.
More students are seeking mental-health care on campus, and some colleges and universities are providing ways to continue that help after students graduate. Schools such as New York University offer policies with 90-day coverage after graduation and the University of Michigan offers graduates limited free counseling and referrals to other professionals.
Some college and university leaders cautiously welcomed the US Supreme Court's decision to allow partial reinstatement of President Donald Trump's travel ban, which appeared to exempt some university students, faculty and lecturers. However, others maintain that any travel ban negatively affects interest in foreign scholarship at US colleges and universities.
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