An analysis of data by Richard Garrett, chief research officer at Eduventures, shows that online college programs are increasing access for adult students and keeping tuition low for such programs. However, Garrett says his research also revealed lower graduation rates for online students, compared with those who took courses on campus or through blended-learning programs.
New college graduates can succeed professionally if they expect excellence from themselves, practice integrity and volunteer to take on extra responsibilities, writes Maynard Webb, founder of the seed investment firm Webb Investment Network. He notes that success comes from working for a higher purpose but also encourages graduates to find ways to make work fun.
A survey from the College Savings Foundation finds that 81% of high-school sophomores, juniors and seniors would prefer that colleges focus on teaching skills instead of emphasizing majors. The data also show that the cost of college was important to three-quarters of the students, and that 85% expect to work while in college.
Some college and university faculty and leaders, such as the University of California system's President Janet Napolitano, are banding together to protest the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border. In a statement this week, Napolitano urged Congress to pass immigration legislation "that reflects the values of our country."
Philanthropist Christy Brown has pledged $5 million to the University of Louisville to establish the Envirome Institute, which will study how the environment affects health. It's the first large donation received by the Kentucky university since Neeli Bendapudi became president in May.
Academics can boost their career -- or find a new path outside of academia -- by making connections with other professionals through email or other networking avenues, writes Victoria McGovern, a senior program officer at the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. In this commentary, she outlines how she has overcome her fear of asking for help and has built a solid professional network.
Kevin Satterlee, the new Idaho State University president, says he will seek to build relationships and create a "shared vision" to move the institution forward and increase enrollment. Satterlee says he also will seek to rebuild trust with faculty, so they "know that the administration is listening."
Higher-education leaders must adopt "demand-driven education" to equip students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly technological workforce, say the authors of a report from Pearson and JFF. Joe Deegan, a co-author of the report and senior program manager at JFF, says institutions need to "meet learners where they are," including adult students who may be changing careers.
Many US colleges and universities are contracting with private companies to create "pathway" programs to boost enrollment of international students, but an analysis shows mixed results for some institutions. While some institutions report enrollment growth under the programs, some schools have seen little growth, partly because of factors such as cost and changes to the US political climate, the analysis shows.
Sixty-two Senate and House Democrats have penned a letter to US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos asking for the creation of a task force to study rising student debt among black college students and enact policies to help them. In the letter, the lawmakers also call on the department to collect and report student-loan program data, disaggregated by race and ethnicity.
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