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9/22/2017

A survey from the Graduate Management Admission Council shows 83% of MBA programs in India saw an increase in applications from 2016 to 2017. The data also showed that women remain the minority in applications, representing 38% of the applicant pool.

9/22/2017

MBA applicants may be familiar with common theories about the admissions process in areas such as GMAT scores and how many schools to apply to, writes Lawrence Linker, co-founder and CEO of MBA Link. In this commentary, he uses data to offer insight on some common myths and offers some advice for prospective students.

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9/22/2017

MBA applicants coming straight out of college without work experience will need to convince admissions officials that they are mature enough and have the leadership skills needed to succeed in a program, writes MBA admissions consultant Stacy Blackman. Such applicants must show clear career goals and confidence in their essays and other materials, she advises.

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9/21/2017

Relieving college and university accreditors from judging the financial health of institutions and instead focusing only on academic strength would improve the accreditation process, according to a new report from the Urban Institute. Seton Hall University researcher Robert Kelchen, the author of the report, says the federal government or a third-party group -- rather than accreditors -- should monitor the fiscal health of colleges.

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Education Dive
9/21/2017

Average in-state tuition and fees have risen by 65% at state universities nationwide between the academic years of 2007-2008 and 2017-2018, data show. Factors affecting the tuition hikes may include the ramifications of the Great Recession as well as state budget cuts.

9/21/2017

A lack of appropriate oversight by the US Department of Education put the federal government at risk of absorbing millions in unpaid student loans when ITT Technical Institute and Corinthian Colleges closed their doors, says a Government Accountability Office report. The scoring system used to monitor schools' fiscal health is outdated and has a loophole that allows colleges to artificially inflate their scores.

9/21/2017

A strong first-year grade point average, along with a high number of completed credits, is a strong predictor of whether a community-college student will earn a credential, according to a new study from the American Council on Education. Students who delay enrollment or only attend part-time are less likely to graduate than their peers.

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Campus Technology
9/21/2017

A number of college and university leaders attended a recent event at Stanford University to discuss how quickly academic innovation must happen. The leaders discussed challenges such as maintaining sufficient funding and managing shifting institutional demographics.

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9/21/2017

Brown University in Rhode Island has kicked off a campaign to raise $120 million for a program that would replace student aid loans with grants, which would not have to be repaid. Funding The Brown Promise is part of the school's goal to raise $500 million for undergraduate financial aid.

9/20/2017

While 66% of college students call hazing "a serious problem," 52% of them say they don't believe it can be eliminated from campuses, according to a new survey by NBC News and SurveyMonkey. Federal lawmakers are working to advance the REACH Act, which would require colleges and universities to report hazing and implement programs to educate students.

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