Betsy DeVos, nominated to be US secretary of education, faced questions Tuesday about her higher-education agenda during a confirmation hearing before the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. DeVos acknowledged the rising student debt and voiced support for career education programs as a path to postsecondary education.
Some colleges and universities, including Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt University, are adding degree programs in high-demand areas such as analytics and computer science to increase enrollment and revenue. Partnering with industry to offer the courses also has helped boost enrollment and the bottom line, officials said.
Faculty tenure plays "a special role" at colleges and universities, but it would face less opposition if it truly weeded out low-performing professors, University of Chicago professor Brian Leiter argues in this commentary. The job security and academic freedom provided by tenure are needed, but reform also is necessary, he writes.
Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California, recently was hospitalized for complications stemming from cancer treatments she has been receiving for the past five months. System officials would not reveal the type of cancer, but Napolitano previously has been treated for breast cancer.
Nevada colleges and universities will receive $115 million in new state money if lawmakers approve Gov. Brian Sandoval's budget proposal. The proposal, laid out by the governor in his State of the State speech, allocates $37.4 million to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and includes cost-of-living pay increases for employees.
Candidates searching for their first academic job should focus on five strategies, including honing their cover letter and setting up mock interviews, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire assistant professor Christina Berchini recommends in this commentary. She also suggests researching potential institutions and carefully selecting who will write recommendation letters.
The future of Pell Grants, student debt and community colleges are among the topics some higher-education experts hope the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will cover during today's confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, nominated for US secretary of education.
A bipartisan group of US lawmakers has introduced bills in the House and Senate to protect from deportation undocumented students participating in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The "BRIDGE Act" would enshrine protections granted to students under an executive order issued by President Barack Obama.
The Morehouse College board of trustees has decided not to renew President John Wilson's contract, set to expire in June. The board of the historically black college in Atlanta gave no reason for the decision, and three student members of the board say they were not included in the decision-making.
Public universities and community colleges in Missouri will lose nearly $68 million in core state funding under a budget proposed by Gov. Eric Greitens. Public universities will lose about $56 million, with state community colleges receiving about $12 million less in funding to help balance the state's budget.
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