A new bill sponsored by Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., and Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., would require that student loan borrowers receive monthly updates about their loans including information about projected payments and other fees. Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, said approval of the measure would be "an important step forward in addressing the student debt crisis."
An Indiana University student mental health program called U Bring Change to Mind is being linked to increased inclusive behavior, decreased prejudice and more positive views of "campus mental health culture," a study of the program finds. The program included biweekly meetings and events such as a fashion show to alleviate students' stress.
Historically black colleges and universities are recruiting more international students from countries such as Saudi Arabia and Nigeria to boost tuition income and diversity. However, some school officials cite changes to US immigration policies for an overall decline in international enrollment at US colleges since fall 2016.
A batch of emails obtained by POLITICO shows that student loan industry leaders last year lobbied the US Education Department to block states from regulating their businesses just before federal policy on the practice was implemented. Spokesperson Liz Hill says the department had restated long-standing policy that regulation of the industry is a federal, not a state, matter.
College and university leaders need to take more action to shield faculty, staff and students from hate crimes on campus, write Simone Ispa-Landa, a sociologist at Northwestern University, and Noelle Hurd, a psychologist at the University of Virginia. Messages of inclusion from top administrators and legal assistance for victims can create a proactive campus climate, they assert in this commentary.
Virginia Tech set a new fundraising record, taking in $181.9 million in donations the past fiscal year, bettering last year's donations of $162.3 million. The donations included $50 million from the Horace G. Fralin Charitable Trust and Heywood and Cynthia Fralin to attract top scientists to the school.
Using key words and phrases in resumes, interviews and networking events can create a positive feeling about a job candidate, writes Joseph Barber, associate director of career services at the University of Pennsylvania. Words such as "responsible," "relevant," and calling an interviewer's question "great," can convey the depth of a candidate's capabilities, he writes in this commentary.
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and two other Democratic House committee chairmen are asking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Education Department for more information on student loans. The three requested information about changes in the CFPB's student loan office and the Education Department's supervision of three federal student loan collection companies.
A new analysis from Malwarebytes shows that adware made up 43% of the cybersecurity threats faced by higher education institutions with trojans making up a quarter of the threats. College and university networks have greater vulnerability because of the large number of guest devices allowed to connect, the report's authors say.
Colleges and universities offering online graduate programs are using more aggressive recruitment strategies such as phone calls and email to boost enrollment numbers. Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice University's business school, suggests that schools that are new to online education are experimenting with the best way to recruit students.
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