The number of reported hate crimes on college campuses rose 25% in 2016 compared with 2015, according to data from the US Department of Education. Additional data show a spike in hate crimes following the 2016 presidential election, with the number reported that November more than double the average for the same month during the previous four years.
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has released a plan for reorganizing the Department of Education. The plan includes the consolidation of the offices of postsecondary and career and technical education and the elimination of the undersecretary position.
College and university leaders can improve faculty performance and integration of new technology by creating effective faculty learning communities, write instructional designer Allen Brown and professor Qiaona Yu, both from Wake Forest University. In this commentary, they outline best practices for such communities, including staff support for faculty.
Big data has changed how college admissions officials are recruiting and enrolling students, says David Hawkins, executive director for educational content and policy at the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Admissions leaders offer their best practices for using data to identify fertile recruitment areas and identify potentially successful students.
An analysis of 30 private universities with the largest endowments found that they offered students a 30% discount on tuition, outpacing the average of a 17% discount given at large public colleges and universities. Larger enrollments at public institutions could explain the disparity, says Kenneth Redd, senior director of research and policy analysis at the National Association of College and University Business Officers.
Some Texas community colleges are seeing success as they revamp their remedial math and English courses for incoming students, according to a RAND Corporation report. Policy researcher Lindsay Daugherty says co-requisite models and programs that completely revamp remedial curricula are showing the most promise.
A bipartisan bill introduced this week in Congress would require presidents or chancellors of colleges and universities receiving federal funding to submit an annual report to the government certifying that they had reviewed all campus sexual misconduct reports. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., says the Accountability of Leaders in Education to Report Title IX Investigations Act will hold leaders publicly accountable.
This article highlights how some MBA programs are updating curricula to accommodate current trends in business. New programs and courses are described in areas such as big data, blockchain, sustainability and soft skills.
EdX and its partner universities, MIT and Harvard, have developed 45 low-cost online MicroMasters degrees, and now are working on a MicroBachelors program expected to be released in the next couple of years. EdX is using a $700,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation to develop the program.
Academics, especially those in the science field, should keep work-life balance in mind when searching for a new job and should ask about an organization's policies and attitudes on the subject, writes CareerTrax founder David Jensen. Professionals also should identify their own work-life balance needs and find a job that's a good fit, he advises in this commentary.
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