College students notice when their roommates' moods change, but often fail to understand the depth of emotional distress they may be suffering, according to a recent New York University study. Researchers say institutions need to offer students more training on how to spot mental stress and illness in others and find ways to help them cope.
A new Brookings Institute study shows that 17% of students left college in 2014 with more than $50,000 in federal student debt compared to 2% in 1992. The data also show that in 2014, more than 20% of those borrowers borrowed to attend for-profit schools, and for the first time they are now beginning to fall behind on payments.
A new Gallup survey shows that 42% of MBA graduates and 23% of law-school graduates feel the cost of their education was worth it, while 64% of those who earned doctoral degrees said the same. The data also show that nearly half of doctoral-degree earners said they had mentors who helped them, but only 14% of MBA graduates felt the same way.
Oakland University President Ora Pescovitz has donated $160,000 to the school's annual All University Fund Drive to support a variety of campus initiatives. Pescovitz's donation came after she pledged to match 20% of the total raised, which ended up being more than $823,000.
The number of reported hate crimes on college campuses rose 25% in 2016 compared with 2015, according to data from the US Department of Education. Additional data show a spike in hate crimes following the 2016 presidential election, with the number reported that November more than double the average for the same month during the previous four years.
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has released a plan for reorganizing the Department of Education. The plan includes the consolidation of the offices of postsecondary and career and technical education and the elimination of the undersecretary position.
College and university leaders can improve faculty performance and integration of new technology by creating effective faculty learning communities, write instructional designer Allen Brown and professor Qiaona Yu, both from Wake Forest University. In this commentary, they outline best practices for such communities, including staff support for faculty.
Some Texas community colleges are seeing success as they revamp their remedial math and English courses for incoming students, according to a RAND Corporation report. Policy researcher Lindsay Daugherty says co-requisite models and programs that completely revamp remedial curricula are showing the most promise.
Big data has changed how college admissions officials are recruiting and enrolling students, says David Hawkins, executive director for educational content and policy at the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Admissions leaders offer their best practices for using data to identify fertile recruitment areas and identify potentially successful students.