A group of US House members this week introduced a measure that would simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. Changes proposed under the Simple FAFSA Act of 2017 include allowing students to file only once instead of annually and reducing the number of questions on the form, officials say.
The American Historical Association is reporting a 12% decline in the number of full-time position listings for history majors through its organization, noting that it's the fifth straight year that the number of such job openings has declined. Some of the largest declines were seen in fields such as African, Asian and Middle Eastern history, the data showed.
The purpose of higher education is to both prepare students for employment and help them develop socially, says West Virginia University President Gordon Gee. Gee says colleges and universities must adapt by becoming more agile and organizing around centers and institutes instead of departments.
A new study by the United Negro College Fund found that the country's more than 100 historically black colleges and universities contribute $14.8 billion a year to the US economy and boost graduate salaries by 56%. The data also showed HBCUs enrolled 10% of black undergraduates and award 17% of the bachelor's degrees received by black students.
Some business schools are offering more specialized and flexible programs to meet market demands. Harvard Business School is offering a joint degree program with its engineering school, while the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business offers a joint degree with its law school.
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The Indian Institute of Management Bangalore has opened a new Israel Center to bolster "more collaborations in the realm of academics, research, business, and beyond," said IIM Bangalore Director Professor G. Raghuram. Israel and India celebrated 25 years of diplomatic relations.
Congress is considering a proposal to levy a 1.4% tax on private college and university endowments of more than $250,000 per full-time student, affecting about 70 institutions. College leaders say the tax would deplete the amount of money they can spend in areas such as research and financial aid.
A recent study found three-quarters of employers would hire at least one business major this year. Karen Marks, president and founder of North Star Admissions Consulting, says students interested in pursuing undergraduate business degrees in areas such as finance or business administration should talk with college career centers to find the right program.