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2/20/2018

A new Gallup survey shows that 42% of MBA graduates and 23% of law-school graduates feel the cost of their education was worth it, while 64% of those who earned doctoral degrees said the same. The data also show that nearly half of doctoral-degree earners said they had mentors who helped them, but only 14% of MBA graduates felt the same way.

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2/20/2018

Oakland University President Ora Pescovitz has donated $160,000 to the school's annual All University Fund Drive to support a variety of campus initiatives. Pescovitz's donation came after she pledged to match 20% of the total raised, which ended up being more than $823,000.

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Oakland University
2/19/2018

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.

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US Department of Education
2/19/2018

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.

2/19/2018

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.

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Wake Forest University
2/19/2018

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.

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The Hechinger Report
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2/19/2018

Become comfortable with not hearing back from employers after submitting an application, writes Chrissy Scivicque. Only one person can get the job, so it's normal to face rejection.

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2/19/2018

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.

2/19/2018

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.

2/16/2018

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.

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