College and university leaders can improve decision-making by creating an elected university senate made up of stakeholders including faculty, staff and students, writes Scott Cowen, president emeritus of Tulane University. In this commentary, he outlines how this model of shared governance can produce both enthusiasm and results.
All of California's community colleges have implemented the state's Guided Pathways program to help students map out their college career and improve chances for completion. Most schools are in the early stages of implementation, according to the chancellor's office, but participation can make schools eligible for other state-funded programs.
College and university communication leaders seeking to implement a market research project need to clearly spell out their goals and engage with key partners such as alumni, employers or prospective students, writes Paul Redfern, vice president for communications at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. In this blog post, he also recommends creating a report outlining specific steps to implement research results.
Donations to West Virginia University totaled $161 million in the fiscal year 2018, the second-highest annual giving to the institution, said Bill Nevin of the West Virginia University Foundation. The university received several large donations, but officials note that many donations also came through a phone bank manned by student volunteers.
Some college presidents are using digital tools to better connect with students, according to a report from the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania. Twitter feeds and web portals where students can schedule one-on-one chats are among the strategies listed in the report.
A study from the American Enterprise Institute shows that 7 out of 10 student-loan borrowers who default on their loans exit default or pay back their loans within five years, though the route they take can affect their outcome. Another study, from the Urban Institute, found that credit scores and the kind of debt people hold can be a good indicator of whether they may default on a student loan.
A report from Ithaka S+R and Northern Virginia Community College shows that community-college students struggle with commitments outside of school and define success in terms of skill mastery, not in completion rates. Researchers say the next phase of their study will focus on how libraries can become resources to help students by providing additional services.
Spelman College has expanded its admissions policy to accept transgender student applicants in the 2018-19 academic year. Some students, faculty and alumni have criticized the move, but Beverly Guy-Sheftall, founding director of the Women's Research and Resource Center at the historically black women's college in Atlanta, says initiatives will be needed to ensure a smooth transition.
Montana State University will begin constructing its science and health building on its Billings campus after the university's foundation raised $5 million. The construction project also will receive $10 million from the state, which approved the funding in 2013.
International students and scholars at US colleges on F, J or M visas will begin accruing "unlawful presence" status from US Citizenship and Immigration Services the day after their studies end, putting their residency in jeopardy earlier. Previously, such visa holders began accruing their 180 days of "unlawful presence" after a formal finding of a violation was issued by the Department of Homeland Security.