A study from the American Enterprise Institute shows that 7 out of 10 student-loan borrowers who default on their loans exit default or pay back their loans within five years, though the route they take can affect their outcome. Another study, from the Urban Institute, found that credit scores and the kind of debt people hold can be a good indicator of whether they may default on a student loan.
A report from Ithaka S+R and Northern Virginia Community College shows that community-college students struggle with commitments outside of school and define success in terms of skill mastery, not in completion rates. Researchers say the next phase of their study will focus on how libraries can become resources to help students by providing additional services.
Spelman College has expanded its admissions policy to accept transgender student applicants in the 2018-19 academic year. Some students, faculty and alumni have criticized the move, but Beverly Guy-Sheftall, founding director of the Women's Research and Resource Center at the historically black women's college in Atlanta, says initiatives will be needed to ensure a smooth transition.
Montana State University will begin constructing its science and health building on its Billings campus after the university's foundation raised $5 million. The construction project also will receive $10 million from the state, which approved the funding in 2013.
International students and scholars at US colleges on F, J or M visas will begin accruing "unlawful presence" status from US Citizenship and Immigration Services the day after their studies end, putting their residency in jeopardy earlier. Previously, such visa holders began accruing their 180 days of "unlawful presence" after a formal finding of a violation was issued by the Department of Homeland Security.
University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides, who has served for the past decade, says he wants to be remembered for his availability to students and for the enrollment growth and campus improvements he's overseen. Pastides, who has not revealed when he might retire, says in this Q&A that he hopes his successor will be an "entrepreneurial" type who is not afraid to hit the "reset" button.
A report card from The Campaign for College Opportunity gives California a B+ in its efforts to prepare students for the rigors of college, but a D for the number of residents enrolling in college, and Cs for college affordability and completion. The report found that 1.65 million more credentials must be awarded for the state to reach its goal of having 60% of the adult population holding a degree by 2030.
Starting next year, prospective college students will no longer be asked about their criminal history when they fill out the Common Application during the admissions process. Officials with the Common Application say the more than 830 colleges and universities that use their service can still ask about criminal backgrounds in their own materials.
Nearly three-quarters of college and university faculty say the Trump administration is negatively affecting higher education while 60% feel insufficient funding is threatening institutions, according to a Top Hat survey. The data also showed that 87% of professors believe tuition costs are too high and 71% say increasing classroom engagement is a high priority.
Indiana University has raised nearly $1 billion in private fundraising and external research awards, setting a record. Officials also say they've surpassed an original $2.5 billion fundraising goal for the school's 2020 bicentennial campaign and will now seek $3 billion.
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