Two lawmakers -- Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., and Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C. -- have introduced legislation that would require college students to pay back Pell Grants if they fail to graduate within six years. The lawmakers say the measure is needed to protect taxpayers, but critics say it could hurt completion rates in the long run.
Borrowers who default on student loans risk losing professional licenses or driver's licenses in 20 states. Supporters of the law say borrowers somehow find money when threatened with the loss of a license, but critics say the law is too harsh and cuts off people's ability to fulfill an obligation.
If an interviewer asks a question that could be illegal, concerning topics such as age or family status, candidates should ask for clarification or seek to answer the underlying concern, writes Sybil Pressprich, a career and educational counselor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Division of Continuing Studies. Overall, candidates should stay calm and assess if such questions could affect their fit with the organization.
As the number of international students declines at many US colleges and universities, the US economy could take a hit, according to the Institute of International Education. Data show that such students contributed $39.4 billion to the US economy in the 2016-17 academic year.
Colleges and universities should do more to encourage more women to step into leadership roles, says Hollins University President Pareena Lawrence. In this Q&A, Lawrence suggests that women draw on available supports and persevere.
Montana State University President Waded Cruzado says furloughs for staff and faculty are not on the horizon as the state's university system faces $4.5 million in budget cuts. The cuts came after a special legislative session to consider ways to close a $227 million state budget shortfall.
Chatham University President David Finegold says colleges and universities have a responsibility to teach students about climate change and to lead by example through policies and projects that promote sustainability. Speaking recently at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, Finegold outlined how his university is seeking to reach net zero standards by 2025.
New business-school rankings from Bloomberg Businessweek put Harvard Business School on top for the third straight year, followed by the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the MIT Sloan School of Management. The schools were ranked based on surveys of alumni, employers and students on topics such as job placement and pay growth.
The number of prospective MBA students seeking work in the technology industry after graduation has doubled over the past five years, according to the 2017 Prospective Student Survey by the Graduate Management Admission Council. Some schools sending more students into tech fields are profiled in this analysis.
Academic job candidates should create a cover letter and curriculum vitae with their specific skills that match each job clearly highlighted, writes Judith White, president and executive director of HERS. In this commentary, she gives step-by-step instructions for developing and revising job application materials.