The US Education Department says it will forgive any loans taken out by students attending Argosy University, a chain of career-based for-profit schools owned by Dream Center Education Holdings. Students did not receive $13 million in loan credit balance stipends for the spring semester, and federal authorities say the money remains unaccounted for.
A campus safety survey at the University of Utah found that more than a quarter of undergraduate women say they have been sexually assaulted, but at least 80% have not reported the attacks. About 25% of the students say they didn't report the assault because they felt no action would be taken against their assailant.
Steve Robinson, the president of Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio, has launched a social media campaign aimed at ending the stigma surrounding two-year colleges. Robinson says some of the negative ideas concern issues such as affordability and a perception that "if it's not expensive, it can't be good."
Some Ohio colleges and universities are implementing programs and offering extra financial and academic support to re-enroll students who dropped out before earning a degree. Some schools are revising their credit transfer policies as well as offering pathway programs to streamline completion times.
Some college and university leaders are seeking ways to offer innovative educational alternatives to provide workforce skills as well as lifelong learning opportunities for students, writes Dan Sommer, founder and CEO of Trilogy Education. In this commentary, he highlights several initiatives around continuing education and college-business partnerships.
Indiana University alumni Nycha Schlegel and Dallas "Bill" Loos have donated $4 million to their alma mater to establish scholarships and fund libraries. Loos says he wants to provide opportunities for students to pursue their dreams.
For faculty of color raising children while in tenure-track positions, "the struggle is real," write University of Texas at San Antonio assistant professor Claudia Garcia-Louis and University of Arizona assistant professor Jameson David Lopez. In this commentary, they offer advice on how to handle the pressures of both academia and parenthood.
A survey from Workday and Bloomberg Next found that just 35% of corporations said college graduates have the soft and hard skills needed for the workforce. Some 84% of academic leaders say budget concerns are their biggest challenge to improving students' skills.
A report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin shows that 31% of tribal college attendees, in 2017 and 2018, applied for student aid just months before classes began, and 14% applied after school had started. Cheryl Crazy Bull, president and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, says the delays may be because of a lack of resources and information about how to fill out federal aid forms.
More than three-quarters of college faculty say they are "absolutely confident" or "very confident" in their technology skills, according to a survey. However, more than half of professors rate their students' tech skills as "average" with only a third saying students were "above average" or "excellent" in their tech use.
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