At least four US House committees are seeking to question Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on education policies ranging from for-profit college regulation to student loans. Some Democratic lawmakers also say they would like to reach a deal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act.
A study showed an increase in student buy-in over time when colleges and universities introduce a new course into the curriculum. Researchers found strong initial resistance to a student-centered biology course, but by the fourth year of the course, positive student reaction to learning gains made more students accept and want to take the class.
Some colleges, such as Hendrix College in Arkansas, are using winter break time to invite students back to campus to learn career skills and prepare for life after graduation. Some programs teach the finer points of interview skills and resume-building, while other colleges set up opportunities to shadow other workers and network with alumni.
More than 20 private colleges and universities in the US have cut their tuition prices over the past three years to increase enrollment, especially among first-time and lower-income students. David Warren, president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, says such moves help schools catch the attention of students applying for college.
A $2.5 million gift from JPMorgan Chase will fund two scholarship programs aimed at supporting students from diverse backgrounds at Ohio State University. James Moore III, vice provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, says the donation is the largest ever given to the school's diversity office.
Office politics are often associated with negative connotations, but should really be viewed in a positive light as a way to get the best results, psychologist Karlyn Borysenko points out. She outlines five principles of using office politics for good in the workplace, including learning how to build relationships and becoming a master at compromising.
An audit by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General shows poor oversight has allowed more than $1.54 million in tuition money from the GI Bill to go to "ineligible or potentially ineligible" colleges and universities from February 2015 to January 2016. Daniel Elkins, director of the Veterans Education Project, says the report doesn't distinguish between colleges that fail to file proper paperwork and those lacking academic quality.
A letter signed by more than 70 US lawmakers asks Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to direct federal student-loan servicing companies to provide payment options to furloughed federal workers. The Education Department has posted information on its website to advise federal workers on how to defer loans during the partial government shutdown.
Innovation is a top priority for 91% of college and university administrators, but 80% say structural and cultural factors often block it, according to a survey from The Learning House and the Online Learning Consortium. The data also show that 68% rank student success as one of their three top goals for innovation.
Half of US states report that spending for higher-education increased by more than 3% for the current fiscal year, with just five states decreasing funding, according to a report. In the previous fiscal year, 18 states cut funding for higher-education spending by as much as 21%, the data show.
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