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.
Leaders from several higher-education groups say President Donald Trump's immigration travel ban has adversely affected their ability to attract and enroll international students. The assertion is part of an amicus brief filed with the US Supreme Court, which is slated to hear arguments on the ban this week.
College and university deans can foster trust with faculty by engaging with them outside of their leadership role and mentoring faculty research projects, writes Texas Tech University dean David Perlmutter. He also suggests in this commentary that leaders take guest lecturer roles and meet with groups to maintain a connection with students.
Astrid Tuminez has been named the first woman to become president of Utah Valley University. Tuminez, who serves as regional director for corporate, external and legal affairs in Southeast Asia for Microsoft, says her goals include raising more funds for the school and boosting completion rates.
Congressional aides and other experts say disagreements over vouchers and the education secretary's power to administrate the law have stalled efforts to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. The act, which directs federal support to career education programs, was last reauthorized in 2006.
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