The free virtual advising program CollegePoint can have some effect on where students go to college, according to two studies. Research shows the program, started by Bloomberg Philanthropies and America Achieves, can help direct slightly more students to institutions that are more selective and to those with higher graduation rates.
US Senate education committee chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is expected to introduce several measures aimed at creating a scaled-down reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Action on FAFSA streamlining, Pell Grant expansion and the College Transparency Act could be added to a funding bill for historically black colleges and universities passed by the House earlier this week.
Ph.D. students might consider changing graduate programs if they have issues with an adviser, seek to change fields or if their life circumstances have substantially changed, writes Karen Kelsky, founder and president of The Professor Is In. It's not worth switching programs just for location or feeling like an outsider among colleagues, she asserts.
Colleges and universities can increase student retention by having recruiters continue to offer support through orientation and beyond, writes Robert Ubell, vice dean emeritus of online learning at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering. In this commentary, he outlines how such a system has increased retention at NYU and other schools.
New University of Minnesota system president Joan Gabel calls herself "bilingual" because she says she understands not just the challenges of faculty and staff, but how to create partnerships with businesses and other stakeholders. Gabel, who was a former provost at the University of South Carolina, says she'll focus on student well-being and creating an inclusive campus during her tenure.
The US House of Representatives approved a two-year $255 million renewal of a spending package for minority-serving colleges and universities and is urging the Senate to take up the bill before existing funding ends on Sept. 30. Many schools have used the FUTURE Act funds for STEM programs, scholarships and capital improvements.
A survey finds that more than 80% of workers who needed to improve their skills found free training online or enrolled in employer-sponsored training or boot camps, compared with a quarter of workers who took university-level courses. The data also shows that 67% of respondents said they felt colleges and universities were too focused on traditional students and didn't offer enough options for working adults.
2U has released a framework for transparency between online program managers and the colleges and universities they work with, including sharing how they set prices as well as data on student outcomes. 2U co-founder and CEO Chip Paucek says greater transparency will show the positive effect OPMs have in online education.
The federal government's College Scorecard has improved some data for students, but advocates say it's still difficult to judge the accurate price of a college degree using the tool. Congress is considering several legal remedies and companies are popping up offering to decipher the information, for a price.
Enrollment at two-year colleges in the US dropped by 11% during 2012-17, while enrollment in four-year institutions has stayed flat, according to a study from the Southern Regional Education Board. Cost of a degree and an improving economy are two factors that data suggests are playing a role in the trend.
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