Experts say leaders at colleges around the country experiencing student protests over racial issues must provide quick, campuswide responses and implement student-support initiatives to quell unrest. "We can do better in our responses to these incidents and creating more welcoming climates," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said.
Academic job seekers must put aside the expectations of others and set their own measures for career success, suggests Stephanie Eberle, director of the Stanford University School of Medicine Career Center. "Until we question the beliefs that we hold about career success, and explore the impact they have on our actions, we remain tied to them," Eberle writes.
Purdue University is helping students pay for college by partnering with a financial services firm to provide income-share agreements. Under the agreements, students receive money for tuition, room and board through a school-funded ISA account, and pay it back through a percentage of their earnings for a set number of years after graduation.
Employers are expected to increase hiring of college graduates by 15% this year, according a survey by the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University. The survey found that 96% of employers plan to use college internship programs and summer co-op jobs to recruit new hires.
Even as students protest over racial issues on college campuses, faculty at most schools remain largely white and male, commentator Emil Guillermo writes. "The fact is, our universities could do a lot more to reflect not just the nation, but the students they currently serve," Guillermo writes.
States such as Tennessee and Oregon, plus the city of Chicago, are piloting programs offering students free community college that could serve as models for a future federal program. Each program is structured differently in academics and in funding with Tennessee using lottery funds and Oregon and Chicago using taxpayer money.
Professionals who want to advance in their careers should find a passion project at work that inspires creativity and provides a sense of fulfillment, career expert Chrissy Scivicque suggests. In this blog post, she outlines steps to identify such a project and how to get management support.
Overall college enrollment rates have declined from 69% in 2008 to 66% in 2013, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data. The largest enrollment drop has been among low-income students, falling from nearly 56% to 45.5% during that time. Experts say causes for the decline could include rising tuition fees and improved employment opportunities.
Colleges such as Trinity University in Texas and the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia are using virtual reality to recruit students with remote campus tours. But Abi Mandelbaum, co-founder and CEO of virtual reality platform YouVisit, writes in this commentary that other schools are also finding ways to incorporate virtual reality in classrooms to enhance learning, as well as reach out to alumni for support.
Graduate students need to work with their faculty advisers to prepare for both academic and nonacademic jobs, Fordham University professor Leonard Cassuto writes. In this commentary, he presents a case study outlining how one adviser and student at Pennsylvania State University worked together to build transferable skills.
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