Overall enrollment of first-time freshmen at private colleges and universities in New York decreased by 8% from fall 2016 to fall 2017 after rising 2% from 2006 to 2016, a new report finds. The report implies that the state's new free tuition program for public colleges could be a factor in the decline.
Some 57%% of college and university trustees say that the public perception of higher education has eroded over the past decade, and 92% agree that changes must be made to business models, a new survey finds. The data also show that the cost of education is a concern for 68% of trustees, and that only 22% said higher education's most important role is preparing students for the workforce.
When college and university leaders decide to close a program, they must provide "a clear and compelling case" and include faculty in the transition, writes Peter Eckel, the director of leadership programs in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. In this commentary, he outlines other matters leaders should consider to make the process easier for all involved.
Texas Christian University is seeking to raise $100 million to add premium seating and luxury suites to its football stadium in time for the 2019 season. The school spent $164 million five years ago for renovations of the Amon G. Carter Stadium, officials said.
No great leader is perfect, but all leaders should be able to use their unique talents and passion for progress to move forward and inspire others, writes Dennis C. Miller. Teach by example to strengthen the future leaders on your team.
College and university administrators must plan early and have clear lines of communication with students when controversial speakers are coming to campus, say leaders speaking this week at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities' annual meeting. Schools also must make strategic use of social media and external communication departments to quell concerns from students and the public, they suggest.
A new three-year initiative launched by the American Council on Education aims to close the achievement gap for underrepresented college students and evaluate diversity issues in faculty hiring. The central piece of the project is an online portal to track and share information about programs and projects at colleges and universities.
Colleges and universities should do more to recruit and enroll veterans, especially in light of the new Forever GI Bill that allows vets to use their educational benefits over their lifetime, says Mark Footerman, former president of the University of Delaware's chapter of Student Veterans of America. Enrollment offices must work with administrators to create new policies and initiatives to attract veterans, he suggests.
Two new reports provide both data and advice in boosting the number of women faculty and administrators in higher education. One report found that women have earned half of all doctorate degrees since 2006 but trail men holding faculty and leadership jobs.
The eight campuses of Montana's public colleges and universities could face a 10% reduction in state funding if lawmakers fail to pass a budget this week. That could cost state institutions about $44 million over two years as the state seeks to close a $227 million budget shortfall, officials say.