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2/16/2018

This article highlights how some MBA programs are updating curricula to accommodate current trends in business. New programs and courses are described in areas such as big data, blockchain, sustainability and soft skills.

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BusinessBecause
2/16/2018

EdX and its partner universities, MIT and Harvard, have developed 45 low-cost online MicroMasters degrees, and now are working on a MicroBachelors program expected to be released in the next couple of years. EdX is using a $700,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation to develop the program.

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EdX, Lumina Foundation, Harvard, MIT
2/16/2018

Academics, especially those in the science field, should keep work-life balance in mind when searching for a new job and should ask about an organization's policies and attitudes on the subject, writes CareerTrax founder David Jensen. Professionals also should identify their own work-life balance needs and find a job that's a good fit, he advises in this commentary.

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2/16/2018

Lawmakers and higher-education leaders are debating how best to allocate $4 billion in funding for programs to boost college completion and affordability that was included in a recently passed federal budget deal. Appropriators have until March 23 to allocate the money to fund such priorities as Pell Grants or the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

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2/16/2018

The number of students enrolling in law school could decline if Congress eliminates the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and caps federal loans for graduate students as part of a House plan to reauthorize the Higher Education Act known as the PROSPER Act, a new analysis finds. Sallie Mae data show that 39% of law school students who took out federal loans planned to pursue loan forgiveness under the public service program.

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Sallie Mae, Congress
2/16/2018

Brown University will use a $50 million donation from Chancellor Samuel Mencoff and his wife, Ann, to endow chairs and provide research funding for the university's medical school. Another anonymous $6 million gift will fund research into Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases, said university officials.

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Brown University, Alzheimer, Ann
2/16/2018

GMAC Research published the Key Diversity Statistics series to help schools in their efforts to build a more diverse classroom. It includes data on URPs, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans. Get the data briefs now.

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2/16/2018

Overall, the vast majority of business school alumni are employed for a company or as self-employed entrepreneurs, according to new findings from the 2018 Alumni Perspectives Survey. Learn more on the GMAC Advisor blog.

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2/16/2018

Data from the Graduate Management Admission Council show parents contributed 18% of funding for business-school students last year. That proportion is down from 22% in 2014, data show.

2/16/2018

Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley says scandals in the banking industry have led to decreased interest in the sector among new MBA graduates. Dudley, who cited meetings with business-school leaders, suggested more work needs to be done to improve the culture of the industry.