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11/22/2017

Nearly three-quarters of colleges and universities say they've shifted their organizational structures to focus on retaining students and helping them graduate, according to research by Unit4, a provider of higher-ed student management systems. The study found that 62% of institutions had revamped their student portals and other self-service apps to improve how students use these interfaces.

11/22/2017

Candidates who are being interviewed by phone must be careful to remain professional and set aside some uninterrupted time, writes Peter Murdock, vice president of recruiting for Blackmon Mooring. In this commentary, he also recommends candidates end the phone interview by asking about the next steps in the process.

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Forbes
11/22/2017

Harvard University is under investigation by the Department of Justice over its consideration of race in its admission process. The department demanded documents related to Harvard's possible violation of Title VI, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin, in a sign that department officials plan to challenge affirmative action policies in higher education.

11/22/2017

Colleges and universities should recruit more low-income students, because research shows when they attend and graduate from highly selective schools, they are a boon to the economy, writes Daniel Porterfield, president of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. In this commentary, he outlines how some schools have made progress in boosting enrollment of low-income students.

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The Hechinger Report
11/22/2017

Rhode Island's three public colleges will now be funded based on performance in areas such as graduation rates and the number of students pursuing degrees in high-demand job areas. With this new plan, state colleges will receive an additional $50 million in state funding over five years to help reach their graduation rate benchmarks and other targets.

11/22/2017

Academics should use a campus visit to show the job search committee how their research and teaching skills would benefit the institution, writes Colorado College assistant professor Manya Whitaker. In this commentary, she provides specific tips on how candidates can improve their performances during job talks, teaching demos and meetings with the faculty and staff.

11/22/2017

The chancellor of the City University of New York, James Milliken, said he will step down from his position at the end of the academic year, citing health challenges related to a throat cancer diagnosis. Under Milliken's guidance over the past four years, graduation rates have improved at the system's community colleges.

11/21/2017

When Chris Hutt, assistant vice president for academic advising at Kennesaw State University, sent out an email asking students how he could help them enroll in classes next semester, he was amazed by the response. In this commentary, he outlines common obstacles facing students that could hamper retention.

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Kennesaw State University
11/21/2017

The number of new international students with F-1 visas enrolled in US colleges and universities rose by 104% between 2008 to 2016, according to Census Bureau data. Almost half of those students were pursuing graduate degrees, while 38% enrolled in bachelor's degree programs..

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Pew Research Center
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U.S. Census Bureau
11/21/2017

The number of jobs being advertised through the Modern Language Association has hit a new low, with an 11% drop in positions listed for English professors in 2016-17 and a 12% decrease in openings for foreign language faculty. The association says several factors may be at play in this decline for the fifth consecutive year -- including a drop in enrollment and an increase in the number of adjunct instructors.

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Inside Higher Ed
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