A survey from HSBC found that 85% of students work while they're in college, and that most spend more time at work than they do in class or studying. Students spend, on average, 4.2 hours per day working, nearly two hours more than they spend in class and double the amount of time they spend in the library, the data show.
Students who spend $50,000 or more on a college education have roughly a 50-50 chance of seeing a return on their investment, according to an analysis. Temple University economist Doug Webber says his study shows that 95% of college graduates will earn more than high-school graduates, but that drops to 87% for those spending more than $50,000 on a degree.
Technology can enhance the college experience for students, but leaders also should focus on "high touch" strategies that build face-to-face community on campus, writes George Hagerty, president of Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla. In this commentary, he cites studies that show the effectiveness of low-tech strategies such as mentoring and extracurricular activities that keep students physically connected.
The University of Pennsylvania next fall will become the first Ivy League school to offer online bachelor degree courses aimed at adult learners. Students will be able to earn a bachelor of applied arts and sciences and some on-campus work will be required, says Nora Lewis, vice dean of professional and liberal education.
Those seeking a job outside of academia should compile a comprehensive master list of their skills and experience before writing a cover letter, writes Erin Bartram, former University of Hartford visiting assistant professor. In this commentary, Bartram advises candidates to talk with friends outside of academia to get a fresh view of transferable skills.
Students who attend four-year, for-profit colleges take out at least $3,300 more in loans than those attending public four-year colleges, and are 11% less likely to be employed, a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds. The data also show that students attending four-year, for-profit programs are 11 percentage points more likely to default on their loans than public-college students.
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.