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.
California lawmakers are considering a measure that would prevent community colleges from placing freshmen in remedial classes if they could possibly pass a college-level course. The bill also mandates that colleges look more to high-school performance than placement tests to make decisions about who is assigned to remedial classes.
Colleges and universities can achieve diversity through both hiring and admissions, but many seeking to boost inclusion have hired inclusive-excellence administrators, says Archie Ervin, president of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. Such officers track the success of diverse faculty and students, and other experts recommend they be part of senior administration.
The University of Alaska Board of Regents voted last week to ask state lawmakers to boost its operating budget by $24.5 million to $351.5 million. During this session, legislators increased funding to $327 million, after $61 million in cuts over the past five years.
Fewer than 5% of colleges offer addiction-recovery programs to students, even as states such as West Virginia and North Carolina offer grants to schools to begin such programs. Kristen Harper, a consultant with Transforming Youth Recovery, says a stigma around addiction and denial of the problem by some administrators, can hamper recovery efforts.
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