A recent study from the Civil Rights Project at UCLA found that students' concerns over immigration policies hinder both learning and teaching. "Any time there is a raid or a threat of deportation or people just worried about the issue, it doesn't just affect that family, it affects the teacher and the classmates and the administrators," said Julie Sugarman, Migration Policy Institute's senior policy adviser.
Higher-education faculty members should consider dedicating a week during the summer to developing a "master scholarship plan," writes Christine Tulley, author, English professor and academic career development coordinator for the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Findlay. The plan should encompass any upcoming conference presentations, grant deadlines and projects, she advises.
Eight universities in Pennsylvania, including Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania, have received grants to develop and expand residency programs for educators, Gov. Tom Wolf announced last week. The grants amount to roughly $710,000 for Drexel to expand residencies, while Penn was awarded $74,575 to plan a residency program.
A public opinion poll finds that three-quarters of Americans believe public funding of higher education is either an excellent or good investment, with more women and minorities supporting such funding. The data also show 52% support more funding for two-year colleges and half support such increases for four-year colleges and universities.
More than 50% of recent college graduates between the ages of 24 and 28 say they are concerned they'll have to work multiple jobs or reduce activities to make ends meet, a survey finds. The survey shows about 26% of college students had the same concerns, and researchers said student-loan payments play a role in graduates seeking extra work.
A report from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education finds that students who enroll in 15 credit hours in their first semester are nearly twice as likely to complete their degree in four years as students who take fewer hours. The report also shows benefits of such enrollment for underrepresented students and those from low-income families.
An anonymous alumna has donated $1.5 million to the College of William & Mary to mark the installation of Katherine Rowe as the 28th president of the Virginia institution. The donation will establish a President's Strategic Investment Fund that can be used by Rowe to invest in initiatives and programs.
Spending to prepare for college this year is expected to reach $55.3 billion, breaking last year's record spending of $54.1 billion, according to a study by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Those shopping for college are expected to spend the most on electronics, clothing and dorm furnishings, the data show.
A dozen public university presidents made more than $1 million in compensation in fiscal 2017, according to an annual report from The Chronicle of Higher Education. The average salary was close to $560,000, an increase of 5% from 2016.
Colleges and universities may need to come up with alternate plans to support faculty and their families if the US government proceeds with a plan to limit H-1B visas and cancel the work permits of spouses, writes Pooja Vijayakumar, a researcher at Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick, Ireland. In this commentary, Vijayakumar also warns that new visa restrictions could reduce the number of international faculty on US campuses.
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