Using the rules of acting and improvisation can help professionals advance their careers by giving them new ideas when they feel stuck in a rut, communications coach Nick Morgan suggests. One improv trick he offers is not to say, "No," to new ideas, but to say, "Yes, and," to build on new strategies.
Colleges and universities can improve diversity by using socioeconomic measures when admitting students, Virginia Union University Dean Matthew Lynch suggests in this commentary. However, institutions must have programs and initiatives in place to serve low-income and first-generation students who may need extra support to graduate, he writes.
Increasing diversity and funding will be the main goals of J. Murray Gibson, the new dean of the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering. He says the strong research base of FSU combined with the historically black college status of FAMU gives it an edge in attracting a diverse student body.
Before accepting a faculty position, academics should get the offer in writing, find out how much they'll be teaching and decide up front if they want to pursue tenure, Penn State Berks lecturer Keysha Whitaker advises. She explains that a new faculty contract "is really like getting married, for better or for worse."
The University of Wisconsin is increasing its efforts to recruit students from neighboring Illinois, where a state budget crisis has left many public universities underfunded. The system's Milwaukee campus has added extra recruiters focusing on attracting freshmen, graduate and transfer students, school officials said.
A bill introduced into the US Senate would eliminate taxes on student loans discharged through federal repayment programs or in the event of the debtor's death. The measure is unlikely to come up for a vote this year, some observers say, but supporters expect it to be reintroduced next year.
College and university leaders must include indemnification clauses in all contracts with vendors and other third-parties on campus to avoid costly legal bills, insurance expert Micah Knapp suggests. Knapp in this commentary outlines the details of such clauses and other insurance requirements.
A proposal to base funding for Arkansas state colleges and universities on student outcomes has won the support of Gov. Asa Hutchinson. The state's Higher Education Coordinating Board this week considers adoption of the plan, which would replace a current model that Hutchinson said is "based upon attendance or that is locked in because of historic patterns."
Internship programs can benefit both students and colleges by improving retention and providing success stories for fundraising campaigns, Edvance Foundation Director Brian Mitchell asserts in this blog post. To improve programs, Mitchell suggests that leaders boost the profile of their career counseling programs and broaden internship opportunities.
US colleges and universities can look to Germany's "dual-education" program for a model that builds a bridge between education and the workforce, write Joseph Parilla and Martha Ross, both fellows at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. They urge school leaders to look for ways to integrate academics with job-training programs.
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