About 38% of college admissions officers report meeting their enrollment goals by May 1, up from 34% the year before, a poll shows. The majority of officers worry about filling their classes and are especially concerned about attracting international students at the numbers they have in the past, the data show.
Both students and faculty suffer when academic leaders don't take diversity issues seriously, writes Mariam Lam, associate vice chancellor and chief diversity officer at the University of California at Riverside. In this commentary, she outlines the "holistic approach" her institution has taken to ensure that diversity remains meaningful.
Half of independent college presidents are likely to retire within the next five years, according to a report from the Council of Independent Colleges, setting up the possibility of diversifying occupants of the top job. According to the report, the typical college president is a 61-year-old white man, but data show a growing number of women and Hispanics are occupying the top job.
The endowment at the University of Virginia has grown to $9.5 billion, nearly $1 billion more than last year's total of $8.6 billion. The university's chief operating officer, Kristina Alimard, says the fund has been well-managed and posts a 20-year return of 10.9%.
New University of Utah President Ruth Watkins says she will expand the use of online classes and implement income share programs to improve college access for students. Watkins, the first woman to head the university, says she also intends to improve staff diversity, expand and renovate campus buildings and support researchers.
A report shows that 21% of black students who earned an undergraduate degree defaulted on student loans within 12 years of starting college, compared with 8% of Hispanics and 3% of white graduates. Pell Grant recipients also were more than five times as likely to default on loans as their wealthier peers, the report shows.
Employers seek soft skills, such as communication and teamwork, from new MBA graduates, according to surveys -- including one from the Graduate Management Admission Council. Other skills employers seek in graduates include technical and leadership abilities.
Daniel Greenstein, the new chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, says he will seek strategies to better define the system's identity and boost sagging enrollment. Greenstein says the system has "an obligation" to make a college education accessible to all students.
Among early-career college admissions professionals, only 38% say they feel they know a lot about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and that may be hindering the application process for low-income and first-generation college students, a report states. The report recommends more training for admissions officers to help students understand financial aid and their options.
Fayetteville State University is partnering with six North Carolina community colleges for a program that promises students they will pay no more than $10,000 to earn a bachelor's degree. Under the agreement, two-year students can transfer to the historically black college's online program, and officials hope to expand the program to all of the state's two-year colleges.
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