Financial and academic support from outside groups can help boost graduation rates for low-income college students, according to two new studies. Researchers found that 85% of students involved with Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society earned an associate or bachelor's degree within six years, and students with the Dell Scholars program were 25% more likely than their peers to earn a bachelor's degree within that time frame.
College and university faculty can help students develop the work skills they need, such as showing up on time and meeting deadlines, by expecting those behaviors in their classes, Charlotte Kent, a visiting assistant professor at Mercy College, explains in this commentary. "We do our students a disservice when we provide them with extensions, lax lateness policies, and extra-credit opportunities," she writes.
Black male college students are fighting back against racial prejudice by taking on leadership roles on campus, according to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania. Such roles, researchers found, helped black men change perceptions of them by white students and faculty. Still, researchers say colleges must do more to boost diversity.
Academic job hunters need to prepare answers to common questions, and realize they are always "on" when they are at interviews and conferences and watch what they say, Texas Tech University professor David Perlmutter advises. "One stray remark or misspoken phrase can sink your candidacy, so speak carefully any time you face someone -- anyone -- related to the search in any way," he writes.
Interim University of Missouri President Michael Middleton last week assured the Board of Curators that he is doing his best to increase diversity and ease tensions on the system's four campuses. Middleton outlined the steps he is taking, including implementing mandatory diversity classes and creating a diversity task force.
Some colleges and universities, in an effort to comply with federal regulations for handling campus sexual assault cases, are turning to outside arbitrators to conduct hearings and make recommendations. The move comes after some higher education leaders, such as University of California President Janet Napolitano, argued that schools are not internally prepared to handle the complaints.
Writing regularly in a journal about plans, dreams, challenges and work situations can help professionals improve both their life and career, Human Workplace CEO Liz Ryan suggests. Ryan offers 25 journal prompts that can help professionals "envision the life and career you want."
Students can now apply to 850 colleges and universities in the US without submitting scores from standardized tests, such as the SAT or ACT. Schools are using other measures, including interviews and essays, to get to know prospective students. However, experts say students most likely will continue to take the tests as they increase their number of school applications.
Academic job postings through the American Historical Association fell by 8% in 2014-15, marking the third straight year of declines, according to the group. Overall, job openings listed with the AHA have dropped 45% since 2011-12, and for the first time, the number of positions "fell below half the number of Ph.D.s conferred in the previous year," the report's authors noted.
College faculty members need to seek a network of mentors who can help them make connections in their field instead of relying on one guru to guide them, Kerry Ann Rockquemore, president of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, advises. Faculty members should identify what they need, then seek colleagues who can provide the information, she suggests.
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