Community colleges in states such as Hawaii and California are using various strategies to boost the number of vocational teachers on rural campuses. Hawaii schools are offering higher salaries for instructors in areas such as computer science and nursing, while California is reforming hiring requirements to recruit professionals for the classroom.
About 68% of admissions officers say they reserve the right to check a prospective student's social media presence, but only 29% reported doing so, according to a series of surveys by Kaplan Test Prep. The data show 20% of schools have set policies around checking students' social media, with just a third of those forbidding the practice.
A survey shows that 93% of college and university faculty believe that diverse viewpoints should be present on campus and that people should be free to express their opinions, while two-thirds say students who disrupt events should be suspended or expelled. The data also show that 80% of professors believe they should be free to present "in class any idea that they consider relevant."
Southern Illinois University Carbondale is launching a pilot program to "create a pool of potential, volunteer adjuncts" to deliver occasional lectures, mentor students or lead seminars. SIUC Faculty Association President Dave Johnson said the union is consulting with attorneys to ensure the initiative doesn't violate faculty contracts.
Former professional baseball player Roger Clemens has pledged $1 million to his University of Texas alma mater in Austin to help fund construction of an indoor baseball training facility. Construction on the facility is expected to begin this summer, with completion expected in 2019.
Data suggest a looming worker shortage in high-paying construction and other skilled trades over the next five years. Some states, such as Washington and California, are creating initiatives to increase more opportunities for students who may choose to learn job skills instead of going to college.
Enrollment in US colleges and universities is projected to increase by 13% between 2015 and 2026, down from the 25% growth experienced between 2001 and 2015, according to a report. However, 20% more black students and 26% more Hispanic students are expected to enroll during that time frame, while enrollment of white students is predicted grow by just 1%, the report says.
More than 500 disability rights complaints have been dismissed by the US Education Department under a new protocol that officials say will streamline cases handled by the Office for Civil Rights. The provision allows the department to throw out complaints that are part of serial filings or that "place an unreasonable burden" on the office.
College graduates should begin socking away money for retirement during their first job out of school, writes financial expert Peter Dunn. A $250 investment each month could grow to more than $1.3 million over a 45-year career, Dunn writes in this commentary.
Two University of Michigan students have created an online guide targeting first-generation and low-income students concerned with saving money during college. Lauren Schandevel and Griffin St. Onge say their guide, "Being Not-Rich at UM," has sparked students at other schools, such as Harvard University, to create similar money-saving guides.
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