The engineering deans at City College of New York, Columbia University and New York University say students are hungry for more real-world experiences and chances to volunteer. At a panel presentation, the deans encouraged membership in professional engineering societies and greater female enrollment in engineering programs.
A report by Third Way and Global Strategy Group found that a majority of college administrators say they believe federal funds should be withheld from colleges with graduation rates below 15% and those that don't use at least one-third of tuition revenue to fund instruction. The data also show nearly three-fourths say setting up students for career success is the main value of higher education.
The sticker price for public community colleges more than doubled between 1989 and 2019, according to data from the College Board. However, between federal student grants and the 17 states that offer some form of free community-college tuition, students rarely pay the published price for a degree, the data show.
Academics should put a lot of thought into how they leave one job for another and make sure they're not departing during a busy time when it would be hard to find a replacement, writes Christine Kelly, director of career development at Claremont Graduate University. In this commentary, she offers advice on telling a current boss about a departure and how to handle leaving a toxic office environment.
A Gallup poll of college and university trustees found that nearly three-quarters say they are concerned about the future of higher education, with 58% saying they are worried about affordability. The data also show the majority say that decreasing confidence in academia has been influenced by media reports on student debt and tuition prices.
Enrollment in the newly rebranded Harvard Business School Online increased 70% during the first quarter of 2019, compared with the previous quarter, the school said. The rebrand coincided with the school's release of a survey showing that 25% of graduates of its online courses reported receiving a promotion or title change.
Millennial college graduates are split on whether their degree was worth the student-loan debt they incurred, with 53% saying "definitely" or "probably" yes and 44% disagreeing, according to a survey. Those who had paid off their debt were more likely to view their degree as valuable, the data show.
A bill, supported by a dozen Democratic senators, would greatly expand eligibility in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program by making all federal student loans and repayment programs part of the system. The measure also would shorten the forgiveness period from the current 10 years to five.
A survey of community-college presidents shows that 75% say they would like their institutions to be able to offer four-year bachelor's degrees, but only 12% of presidents at public and private four-year institutions agree. The data also show that most community-college presidents expect free-college movements to continue, but 71% worry such programs will hurt their institutions in the long run.
Alfred University employees will be getting an extra paycheck after a 101-year-old alumnus of the New York school donated $1 million with the instruction to use the money to "do something nice for your employees." Money from Terry Galanis Sr.'s gift also will support athletics, the business school and other fundraising efforts.