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5/23/2018

Bachelor's degree graduates who take a no-degree-required job after college are more likely to remain underemployed five years later, compared with those whose first job required a degree, a study finds. The data show women were more likely to remain underemployed, while those with degrees in science and technology fields were least likely to face underemployment.

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Inside Higher Ed
5/23/2018

As more employers use social media to screen prospective employees, it is important for candidates to police their online presence and use it to present a professional image, write Ph.D. student Quintana Clark and professor Levon Esters, both at Purdue University. In this commentary, they offer strategies for building the best online media presence.

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Purdue University
5/23/2018

The US Education Department is directing the body that advises federal officials on college and university accreditors to narrow its focus to the requirements accreditors must meet to be recognized by the government. Under the Obama administration, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity had been directed to examine student outcomes in connection with accreditor recognition.

5/23/2018

An analysis of state data shows that about 900,000 low-income students who were eligible for state-funded scholarships didn't get them because the programs ran out of money. States are responding in various ways, including freezing need-based aid programs or reducing the amount awarded to students, the analysis shows.

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The Hechinger Report
5/23/2018

College and university trustees can help keep college affordable by taking steps to incorporate transparency in budget procedures and use technology to keep costs low, writes Pat Callan, a board member at Partners for College Affordability and Public Trust. Trustees also should be advocates on the state level and seek to build relationships with policymakers, Callan notes in this commentary.

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Pat Callan, Public Trust
5/23/2018

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has received a $2.5 million donation from Simmons Bank to finance upgrades to the school's football and baseball facilities. The donation, the largest ever made to the school, will benefit student athletes, interim Athletic Director Alyse Wells-Kilbert said.

5/23/2018

New doctoral students seeking a job often hold false notions about the career market, including believing that their dissertation will lead to a tenure-track position, writes Karen Kelsky, founder and president of The Professor Is In. In this commentary, Kelsky dispels other myths, such as the idea that being an adjunct will "get your foot in the door."

5/23/2018

Diana Natalicio, the first woman appointed as president of the University of Texas at El Paso, says she plans to retire after 30 years on the job. During her tenure, Natalicio has overseen growth in the university's enrollment, budget and research expenditures, and in her announcement this week she touted the school's commitment to "educational opportunities and social mobility" for all students.

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The Texas Tribune
5/22/2018

Women earning a bachelor's degree in 2016 graduated with about $2,700 more in debt than their male peers, up from $1,400 more in 2012, a report from the American Association for University Women finds. Several factors contribute to the gap, including women taking out more loans and earning less after graduation than men, researcher Kevin Miller says.

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MarketWatch
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Kevin Miller, AAUW
5/22/2018

There are "numerous troubling provisions" in the PROSPER Act, the US House bill to overhaul higher education, write Mildred Garcia, president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. In this commentary, they outline cuts and changes they contend will cost higher education $15 billion in support.

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The Hill