Calling community colleges "a tremendous on-ramp" for students, US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says she's considering full-year federal financial aid for students and a stronger focus on programs that are working. DeVos last week toured Valencia College in Florida and heard about dual-enrollment programs from state education leaders.
The number of high-school students leaving their home state to attend college has doubled in seven states, including California, Georgia and Texas, since 2008, according to a study. Colleges are taking advantage of the trend, hiring recruiters to court students from those states.
Many college and university leaders say they're implementing personalized proactive policies to collect from students in arrears on their tuition. Leaders say developing a student-focused policy can help universities collect unpaid fees while still leaving the student with a positive view of the school.
Unconscious racial bias may play a role in opposition to paying college athletes, according to a study. University of Massachusetts Amherst researcher Tatishe Nteta, in this Q&A, says the perception that African-American athletes dominate college sports could play a role in white opposition to pay-for-play policies.
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education has formed a task force to review all 25 state colleges and universities to find ways to modernize the schools and cut costs. The state cut funding by $157 million in this fiscal year and more cuts are expected as the state faces a budget shortfall.
Graduate and postdoctoral students can use grant applications to build their career confidence and their network, writes Victoria McGovern, a senior program officer at the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. In this commentary, she suggests connecting with successful grant writers as well as granting agencies to build relationships.
As many as 95% of colleges may be out of financial reach for many low- to moderate-income students, while wealthier students have access to about 90%, according to a study by the Institute for Higher Education Policy. Researchers found that, with expanded grants and loans, poorer students could afford about 20% of the colleges in the study.
Full-time MBA applications for London Business School are up 15% this year despite the Brexit vote. Meanwhile, international applications -- especially from India -- increased at Canadian b-schools, amid US immigration concerns.
More business schools, such as the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, are offering students the chance to add socially conscious elements to their studies in areas such as environmental sustainability. Students say the approach allows them to use private sector business strategies to solve larger social problems.
While rejection during a job search hurts, analyzing why it happened can lead to insights, Ph.D. student Andy Tay writes. In this commentary, he describes how following up on rejections and studying the possible reasons he lost out resulted in strategies to become more productive.
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