More students are seeking mental-health care on campus, and some colleges and universities are providing ways to continue that help after students graduate. Schools such as New York University offer policies with 90-day coverage after graduation and the University of Michigan offers graduates limited free counseling and referrals to other professionals.
Some college and university leaders cautiously welcomed the US Supreme Court's decision to allow partial reinstatement of President Donald Trump's travel ban, which appeared to exempt some university students, faculty and lecturers. However, others maintain that any travel ban negatively affects interest in foreign scholarship at US colleges and universities.
The US Department of Education this week released data showing it had discharged $92 million in loans from students who studied at failed for-profit colleges and had been approved for loan forgiveness. However, the data show the department apparently has not moved to forgive the loans of 64,301 pending applications that have been approved.
College and university leaders must treat both the victim and the accused fairly in sexual-assault cases to avoid lawsuits and Title IX violations, a panel of lawyers said at a recent meeting of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. Clear policies and a balanced investigation can help resolve cases equitably, lawyer Leslie Gomez said.
Nearly 14 million email addresses used by college students, staff, faculty and alumni are for sale on the dark web, according to a report from Digital Citizens Alliance. The addresses can be used to gather personal information as well as gain access to research and other sensitive institutional data, alliance officials say.
International student enrollment in US colleges increased 1.7% in May, compared with the previous year, according to data from the US Department of Homeland Security. One of the fastest-growing segments of students came from Nepal, with an 18% increase, while the number of students from Saudi Arabia dropped 19%, the data show.
College graduates entering the job market should find a mentor, learn how to network and get to know their coworkers, some recent graduates suggest. New workers also should maintain a positive attitude and invest early in retirement programs to plan for the future, they recommend.
Some colleges and universities, such as Smith College and Harvard University, are implementing programs and initiatives to help students cope with failure. Researchers say economic pressure and high expectations for success, especially for minority and first-generation students, may be leading to more student stress and depression.
In a world that celebrates decisive action, it's important to remember not to act just so you can say you're doing something, writes Adriano Pianesi. "Investing time isn't about delaying action -- it's about building connections to leverage diversity, knowledge and experience as a premise for success," he writes.
With research showing that more than 13% of college students are homeless, colleges and universities are doing more to provide emergency funding and housing for such students. However, Barbara Duffield, executive director of SchoolHouse Connection, says more programs that connect students with resources and provide a single point of contact are needed.
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