A new analysis finds that educational attainment goals set in 2009 by the US government and the Lumina Foundation remain unrealistic. Researcher Michael Nettles with Educational Testing Service predicts that a US government goal of having 60% of 25- to 34-year-olds earning an associate or bachelor's degree by 2020 will not be reached until 2041.
Enrollment of black students could decline if colleges and universities are not careful to address recent white supremacist events, says Lecia Brooks, the outreach director for the Southern Poverty Law Center. To head off potential problems, Brooks advises college and university leaders to require faculty and staff to attend racial equality professional development courses and step up diversity recruitment.
Some 900 colleges and universities are creating behavioral-intervention teams to identify students who may be a potential threat to themselves or the campus and come up with action steps. The schools are part of the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association, which offers training and advice on forming such teams.
Colleges and universities need a more personalized approach to encourage young alumni to contribute to fundraising efforts, according to a new report from Ruffalo Noel Levitz. The data show that 80% of institutions do not have specific campaigns aimed at younger graduates, and only one-third had initiatives to survey donors over the past three years.
Colleges and universities can use their websites and other digital materials to boost enrollment by auditing their current online offerings and by using stories to draw in prospective students, digital marketing expert Alexander Kesler writes. Digital materials also should make good use of videos and photos to help students get a better experience of the campus, Kesler suggests in this commentary.
The University of Maine is trying to attract out-of-state students from Massachusetts, Connecticut and even California with highway billboards touting the school's relatively low tuition. The billboards are publicizing a Flagship Match campaign that provides tuition discounts to students considering attending flagship schools in other states.
Only 20% of professors in the field of computer science follow a typical career trajectory of declining research and publishing in the years following tenure, according to a new study. Researchers found that the majority of professors followed different and varied productivity trajectories.
Arkansas lawmakers are considering a measure that would switch state colleges and universities to a funding scheme based on student-completion numbers instead of enrollment. The measure has different criteria for two- and four-year colleges along with guidelines on how to distribute the funds.
Job seekers can spot scam employment opportunities by noticing red flags such as group interviews or a job offer that isn't put into writing, asserts recruiter Nick Corcodilos. Candidates also should be suspicious if a job interview sounds like a sales pitch and a company website doesn't list leaders or employees, he advises.
Freelancers make up 36% of the US workforce and nearly half of millennials are choosing such work, according to a report by the Freelancers Union and Upwork. Freelancers are expected to make up a majority of the workforce by 2027, the authors of the report predict.
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