Women hold almost two-thirds of the total student debt in the US -- $833 billion versus the $477 billion held by men -- according to a report by the American Association of University Women. The data showed African-American women are carrying the largest amount of debt and that the gender pay gap means it takes women two years longer than men to pay off their debts.
While 69% of high-school graduates in 2015 enrolled in college, stratification of students continued with low-income and minority students accepted at less-selective colleges than their wealthier white peers, studies showed. To close that gap, colleges and universities must become more intentional about recruiting underserved students, says Andrew Nichols of The Education Trust.
Colleges and universities must expand their diversity efforts to help black and Latino students succeed, says Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Instead of offering isolated programs, faculty, staff and administration must be committed to incorporating diversity across campus, he suggests.
New Mexico lawmakers failed in an attempt to override Gov. Susana Martinez's veto of funding for the state's colleges and universities. Martinez said she vetoed funding for higher education in April to force a special session on state financial matters.
Public-sector workers who already are part of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program will not have that benefit taken away under President Donald Trump's budget proposal to eliminate the program, education department officials said. If the proposal is approved, the benefit no longer would be available to students taking out loans after July 1, 2018.
Professionals should consider their motivation before agreeing to take on extra work, including whether they are passionate about the duties to be performed or are more motivated by financial benefits, writes Regan Walsh. The most important consideration of all may be whether the option to turn down the extra work even exists, Walsh writes.
Colleges and universities may need to be more creative to enroll international students amid changing US policies on immigration and H-1B visas, writes Rahul Choudaha, CEO of DrEducation. In this commentary, he says "technology and cross-border modes of delivering education" will be needed.
University of Chicago Medicine has received $100 million, its largest single donation, from Craig Duchossois, chairman and CEO of The Duchossois Group, his wife, Janet, and The Duchossois Family Foundation. The money will be used to further research into the human immune system.
Jan Yoshiwara, the new executive director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, says she'll lobby for more money from state lawmakers as schools begin piloting "guided pathways" programs to boost graduation rates. The board is asking lawmakers for $200 million more for the 2017-19 biennium and some of the money will be used to fund the program.
Indiana's 15 to Finish initiative, which requires students to take 15 credit hours per semester to maintain state aid, has boosted the likelihood that students will earn 30 credit hours a year by 5.2%. Among students receiving the highest amount of aid, such growth nearly doubled to 10.1%, the data show.
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