A mandatory annual report from the US Department of Education shows more than half of the bachelor's degrees awarded in 2015-16 clustered around six majors, including business, health professions and engineering. The report also shows that enrollment among students ages 18 to 24 at two- and four-year colleges increased overall from 35% in 2000 to 41% in 2016.
Providing better support to part-time college and university students could produce a 13% drop in the achievement gap between black students and their white peers, according to a report from EAB. Researchers say focusing most of the support on only full-time students would result in a narrowing of the gap by 1% to 5%.
White male scholars are more likely to be listed in the prestigious last-author spot in biomedical academic papers than their peers who are women, black or Hispanic a study finds. Researchers, who looked at papers from 1946 to 2009, found that even well into their careers, women and minorities lagged in senior-author status by as much as 10 percentage points.
Colleges and universities could improve their leadership by hiring co-presidents, write Karen Gross, former president of Southern Vermont College, Chris Forrest, an active duty lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force, and Brandy Forrest, a doctoral fellow at Trinity Southwest University. In this commentary, they trace the history of co-leadership and assert that bringing divergent skills together can strengthen an institution.
Gov. John Bel Edwards urged Louisiana lawmakers to use a special session to pass a new budget that protects funding for higher education. Bel Edwards last week vetoed a budget that provided 70% of the funding needed for the state's scholarship program and cut higher-education funding by 10%.
Bachelor's degree graduates who take a no-degree-required job after college are more likely to remain underemployed five years later, compared with those whose first job required a degree, a study finds. The data show women were more likely to remain underemployed, while those with degrees in science and technology fields were least likely to face underemployment.
As more employers use social media to screen prospective employees, it is important for candidates to police their online presence and use it to present a professional image, write Ph.D. student Quintana Clark and professor Levon Esters, both at Purdue University. In this commentary, they offer strategies for building the best online media presence.
The US Education Department is directing the body that advises federal officials on college and university accreditors to narrow its focus to the requirements accreditors must meet to be recognized by the government. Under the Obama administration, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity had been directed to examine student outcomes in connection with accreditor recognition.
An analysis of state data shows that about 900,000 low-income students who were eligible for state-funded scholarships didn't get them because the programs ran out of money. States are responding in various ways, including freezing need-based aid programs or reducing the amount awarded to students, the analysis shows.
College and university trustees can help keep college affordable by taking steps to incorporate transparency in budget procedures and use technology to keep costs low, writes Pat Callan, a board member at Partners for College Affordability and Public Trust. Trustees also should be advocates on the state level and seek to build relationships with policymakers, Callan notes in this commentary.
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