While 66% of college students call hazing "a serious problem," 52% of them say they don't believe it can be eliminated from campuses, according to a new survey by NBC News and SurveyMonkey. Federal lawmakers are working to advance the REACH Act, which would require colleges and universities to report hazing and implement programs to educate students.
As the number of high-school graduates shrinks, colleges and universities must do more to attract and enroll students, according to editor Roger Riddell. He suggests several areas that may require improvement, including colleges' website design and social media presence.
A new survey from Kaltura shows that 73% of colleges and universities are using video in remote teaching and learning settings, and 70% are showing videos in physical classrooms. Ninety-three percent of those surveyed felt video enhanced student satisfaction, and 85% said it also increases student performance.
Harvard University earned an 8.1% return on its $37.1 billion endowment in the last fiscal year, a yield described as "disappointing" by the endowment's new chief executive, N. P. Narvekar. The university's investments in natural resources were "challenging" this past year, according to Narvekar, who said stronger returns came from both public and private equity and direct real estate investments.
Leaders in higher education are speculating about how the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program could affect colleges, from enrollment rates to tuition revenue. The largest enrollment declines could be seen at community colleges, where it is estimated that most DACA students attend, some scholars suggest.
A Star Scholarship program created by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015 to provide free community college to top-performing high-school graduates has seen success, as two-thirds of participants have either graduated or are on course to do so. Program data also show that more than two-thirds of those who have graduated were first-generation students and more than 90% are minorities.
College and university boards should urge presidents to be available to talk with students about free-speech issues on campus and initiate those conversations more often, according to a report from the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. The report also encourages boards to be well-informed about First Amendment rights and ensure that policies are clear around issues of free speech on campus.
Utah lawmakers in their next session will be asked to grant an additional $83 million in funding for state colleges and universities to pay for faculty and staff salaries, financial aid and campus construction, among other items. Board of Regents Chairman Dan Campbell says the funds are needed so state schools can offer "a top-notch college education."
Former NFL player and entrepreneur Johnathan Holifield has been named by the Trump administration to lead the White House Initiative on HBCUs. University of Pennsylvania professor Marybeth Gasman criticized the appointment, saying Holifield has little HBCU experience, but Lezli Baskerville, president and CEO of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education said Holifield, an attorney, has vast business experience that can help schools.
Asking for help at work can enable professionals to avoid burnout and create an atmosphere of trust between co-workers, writes career coach and author Krista Rizzo. Professionals also should develop a self-care routine that allows for downtime and opportunities to reassess career priorities, she suggests in this commentary.
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