The National Labor Relations Board is expected to issue a rule in September that could affect the recognition of graduate students as college and university employees. A 2016 ruling gave students the power to form unions at private colleges and universities, and some colleges have voluntarily recognized graduate student unions.
A report from Moody's finds that cyberattacks on higher education institutions are escalating, but the financial risk of those breaches remains relatively low. Universities with medical centers are most appealing to hackers, as are institutions doing defense research, which puts them at risk of cyberespionage, the report says.
A Cengage survey found that a majority of recent college graduates say they believe they will be able to pay off their student loans within six years, but federal data show it takes an average of 20 years to repay loans between $20,000 and $40,000. Despite that, 80% of graduates expressed optimism about their future.
Colleges and universities should forgo old lecture-style modes and move toward personalized learning and the use of technology to create collaborative experiences for students, writes Maryville University President Mark Lombardi. In this commentary, he outlines how the Active Learning Ecosystem they implemented in 2014 has transformed student learning.
Investor and alumnus Frank Sands has donated $68 million to the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia to fund initiatives including professorships and a lifelong learning program. The record-setting gift is part of the university's effort to raise $5 billion by 2025.
A report from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that lower-income students who were in ninth grade in 2006 were more likely to begin their college career at two-year schools in 2016 than their wealthier peers. The data also show 37% of high-income students first enrolled in a highly selective school, compared with only 7% of students from low-income families.
Colleges and universities need clear policies when hiring dual-career couples and must be mindful of equity in the training and resources offered to both hires, writes Wayne State University professor Annmarie Cano. Institutional leaders also should consider improving policies around diversity to attract a deeper pool of candidates, she notes in this commentary.
Students in poverty relying on family support make up the largest share of students at private for-profit and public four-year colleges and universities, according to a Pew Research Center study. The data also shows that, in 2016, 20% of dependent undergraduates came from families living in poverty, compared with 12% in 1996.
A report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy suggests that policymakers and college and university leaders can improve higher-education access by giving more financial aid to students in need and strengthening the Pell Grant program. Students also need more institutional help to navigate the financial-aid system to secure needed funding, researchers say.
When redesigning a college or university website, it's best to start early to engage all stakeholders, including administration and faculty, writes Donna Lehmann, assistant vice president for marketing at Fordham University. The more collaboration allowed, the better the final outcome will be, Lehmann argues in this commentary.
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