Students in poverty relying on family support make up the largest share of students at private for-profit and public four-year colleges and universities, according to a Pew Research Center study. The data also shows that, in 2016, 20% of dependent undergraduates came from families living in poverty, compared with 12% in 1996.
A report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy suggests that policymakers and college and university leaders can improve higher-education access by giving more financial aid to students in need and strengthening the Pell Grant program. Students also need more institutional help to navigate the financial-aid system to secure needed funding, researchers say.
When redesigning a college or university website, it's best to start early to engage all stakeholders, including administration and faculty, writes Donna Lehmann, assistant vice president for marketing at Fordham University. The more collaboration allowed, the better the final outcome will be, Lehmann argues in this commentary.
The University of South Florida has received a $20 million donation from outgoing President Judy Genshaft to help create an honors college that will be named for her. The pledge from Genshaft, who has served the college for 19 years, is among the largest donations given by a president still in office.
The Education Department has added and expanded information on the College Scorecard, including preliminary data on student debt loads carried for specific degrees. The scorecard's consumer-facing website also now includes data on certificate-granting programs and graduation information for nontraditional students.
College graduates should apply to jobs that ask for skills they don't currently possess so they can grow into the position and feel challenged, writes University of Texas at Austin professor Art Markman. Organizations expect new hires to ask a lot of questions and show that they are interested in growing with the job, he suggests.
A new survey by student loan refinancing company Laurel Road found that more women than men did not fully understand the details of their student loan -- including interest rates and tax implications -- before borrowing. Another recent report found that women carry more student debt than men at around $930 billion versus $531 billion.
A new analysis shows that students from wealthier school districts are more often given extra time on standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT for conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder than students in lower-income districts. Experts suggest wealthier parents may be better informed about the time concessions that are provided.
College and university admissions officials can reach nontraditional adult students by having an effective marketing campaign already in place and offering them easy and quick ways to submit applications, according to a new report by the education research firm EAB. Brittany Murchison, EAB's managing director of program marketing, says schools must outline work-life balance and online options.
Higher-education leaders need to educate the public about the value of a degree and help them understand that increases in costs are closely tied to decreases in state funding, says outgoing University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler. Presidents should use their "bully pulpit" to outline the advantages and payoffs of earning a degree, he asserts in this Q&A.
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