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8/21/2017

A change by US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to the Obama-era gainful employment rule would allow career-training programs to appeal government penalties by submitting their own data on student success. Pauline Abernathy of The Institute for College Access & Success says the change allows schools to use federal funds "to enroll students in failing programs."

8/21/2017

The age when students start school could affect their academic performance through college, according to a study released by the National Bureau of Economic Affairs. Researchers found that older students had about a 40-point edge on the SAT and were more likely to enroll in college.

8/21/2017

A CareerBuilder survey shows that it's important to hiring managers that candidates have an online presence with 57% saying they are less likely to interview candidates who are not online. The majority of recruiters say they want to see candidates with a professional online persona that conveys their qualifications, the data show.

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CareerBuilder
8/21/2017

International student loan lender Prodigy Finance has raised $40 million in new equity financing and secured a $200 million credit line to help postgraduate students afford US college and university tuition. Even though data show a decline in international enrollment at nearly 40% of schools, the company says it hopes the funding will encourage more foreign students to enroll.

8/21/2017

More colleges and universities are turning to personalized recruitment strategies for international students. Melanie Gottlieb, deputy director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers say schools are using video interviews, mentors and international recruiters to increase enrollment.

8/21/2017

Mississippi's College Board will ask state lawmakers for $512 million in funding for new construction and maintenance costs at the state's eight public colleges and universities. Lawmakers failed to allocate any borrowing for higher education last year and cut funds for maintenance.

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The Associated Press
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College Board
8/21/2017

Ph.D. career couple Chandani Patel and Brady Smith are making their dual careers work by leaving academia and working in peripheral careers. In this commentary, they write about their decision-making process and the priorities that drove them.

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Inside Higher Ed
8/18/2017

How women perceive their own femininity may affect the majors they choose in college, leading to increased gender stratification in, not only degrees, but later in the workforce, according to a study. Gender conformity, researchers say, may lead women to eschew degrees in science, technology, engineering and math and instead favor majors in arts and the humanities.

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Inside Higher Ed
8/18/2017

An MBA may offer more personal than financial benefits for students older than age 40, compared with their younger peers, data suggest. Business schools at universities such as DePaul and Duke have developed programs for more experienced students.

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Duke
8/18/2017

MBA programs can offer professionals the chance to learn the skills and make the connections they need to build a successful startup. Sloan School of Management professor Bill Aulet says the number of business schools offering entrepreneurial programs has increased over the past five years as student interest has grown.

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Forbes