The majority of college students -- 70% -- worry about money issues including student debt, according to new research by Ohio State University. The survey also found that 64% of students polled borrowed money to go to college, however 67% were optimistic that their college education would pay off in the end.
Many public and private colleges and universities are boosting the minimum wage for their employees, either as a stand-alone policy or in compliance with new state or local laws. The pay hikes come at a cost to institutions' bottom lines, but University of Washington interim President Ana Mari Cauce echoed other leaders, saying, "It's the right thing to do, but it's not necessarily the easy thing."
The new board of South Carolina State University has approved a new budget that contains $19.1 million in cuts, including the elimination of 20 teaching positions and several staff positions. The budget at the historically black college also includes 12-day unpaid furloughs for all employees and a $4.4 million cut in scholarships.
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., says she is in favor of repealing or modifying the Clery Act to help colleges and universities curb campus sexual assaults. McCaskill has introduced a measure to replace Clery called the Campus Safety and Accountability Act, which she says offers "more due process, real accountability and access to a confidential advisor for sexual assault victims."
College admissions officers have seen a wide variety of behavior from prospective students during interviews, including one applicant who yelled at a squirrel and another who dimmed the lights and used glow sticks to perform an impromptu light show. Some of the unique students were admitted, while in other cases officials said they believed the odd performances were an attempt to sabotage their admission chances.
Faculty unions at public colleges and universities could be affected by an upcoming ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. The court has agreed to hear a case that would make union dues optional for public employees. Currently, union members are required to pay what's called "fair share" of union costs for collective bargaining agreements.
Colleges and universities are implementing programs and other initiatives to help integrate an increasing number of Chinese students attending U.S. schools. Some schools are offering orientation before students leave China as well as providing assistance with paperwork and other tasks when they arrive in the U.S.
If you have trouble telling others no, your desire to be liked may be getting in the way of your career development, writes Katie Jansen. Stay focused on what matters and make unpopular decisions when necessary, she writes.
The Xavier University of Louisiana Board of Trustees has named Norman Francis as president emeritus in honor of his 47-year tenure as president of the historically black and Catholic university. During his time in office, Francis expanded the campus, increased the school's academic standing and worked to quickly reopen the school after it was damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
Earning a college degree may be the best way to mitigate the financial impact of student loans, a new study finds. The study found that even while college dropouts may have lower overall debt, their tendency to default on loans is greater than those who graduate with higher debt.