The US Education Department has been given 30 days to respond to a federal court judge's ruling that it violated the law by delaying borrower defense rules for students who claimed to be defrauded by for-profit schools. Department officials say they are rewriting the loan-relief rules and expect to release them by Nov. 1.
Nearly half of college and university faculty say they allow students to use cellphones in class, with some limitations, while a quarter say they have banned them, according to a survey. Cellphones are the second most popular device used in classrooms, the data show, behind laptops, which are favored by 49% of students.
California's Board of Governors is requesting a $488 million funding boost for the state's community-college system for the 2019-20 budget year. Board members say the extra funding will help the 115-college system improve graduation and transfer rates.
Utah Valley University's new president, Astrid Tuminez, began her life in poverty in the Philippines and says she's still often mistaken for a maid or secretary. Tuminez, who has replaced former President Matthew Holland, says she hopes her story will inspire students to work hard for their own success.
Colleges and universities are coming under increasing pressure from lawmakers and other stakeholders to come up with systems to measure and quantify student learning. Some experts say the diverse subjects studied by students make such measurements difficult, but some systems, such as the National Survey of Student Engagement, are being used by many institutions.
Journalism schools such as the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism are reporting increased enrollment this fall over last year. Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish says President Donald Trump's criticism of the press may be playing a role in the increased interest in the field.
Colleges and university leaders are faced with many requirements -- and potential pitfalls -- when beginning an investigation into a student's complaint, writes attorney Ty Howard, a partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. In this commentary, he outlines six key areas leaders must consider to implement a fair and legally sound investigation.
More than two-thirds of Americans say they believe colleges have a positive effect on society, with 76% holding a favorable view of public colleges and 59% viewing private colleges favorably, according to a survey by WGBH, Boston's public radio station. The data also show 78% say they would be concerned over funding cuts to higher education, while 49% say they oppose higher taxes to benefit public colleges.
A phishing campaign is targeting email accounts of federal financial-aid recipients, according to the US Department of Education. The emails have been received by students at multiple colleges and seek to mine students' personal information and steal their federal student-aid refunds.
We can improve our ability to connect with people by thinking of ourselves as actors preparing for a role: We first see ourselves engaged in these behaviors, then we practice them until they become second-nature, writes John Baldoni. "Considering thoughts are behaviors in the making might help overcome resistance to making a change," he writes.