Senate Education Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., this week blocked the so-called FUTURE Act that would renew more than $255 million in annual funding for minority-serving institutions in favor of a broader package of higher-ed bills that would include reforms of FAFSA and Pell Grants. Critics say that, while long-term goals are laudable, institutions will be harmed if funding is allowed to end on Sept. 30.
An analysis of recruitment strategies by online colleges and universities shows the schools reached out to prospective students an average of 16 times using mainly phone calls and emails. The InsideTrack report shows that colleges may be getting more sophisticated in their outreach, but some still run the risk of contacting students too often.
Teachers along with state and federal officials appeared before the House Education and Labor Committee this week to discuss problems they've encountered receiving student-loan relief through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Officials from the loan servicer Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, or FedLoan, declined to appear at the hearing.
Job candidates who have worked in several positions for a short time or have gaps in their resume should focus on their experience and what assets they can bring to a new role, writes business coach Chris Westfall. "Leaving previous employers doesn't mean that you're a bad employee - it means you made choices," he asserts.
New Mexico has unveiled an ambitious plan that would make it possible for state residents to attend college for free at any of the state's 29 public institutions. The New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship program, which must be approved by lawmakers, would cover all costs not paid by federal and state student aid, excluding living expenses.
A Canadian government analysis shows students in Canada who earned a bachelor's degree at a community college made an average of 12% more two years after graduation than peers attending four-year institutions. Researchers say community-college students tend to enter higher-paying degree fields and are, on average, two years older than their university counterparts.
The presidents of 43 Massachusetts colleges and universities sent a letter to their federal Congressional delegation complaining about delays in visa processing affecting international students. The leaders urged Congress to take action saying that visa delays have a negative effect on "future innovation and business growth."
University of California President Janet Napolitano announced she will leave her post in August 2020 after assuming the role in 2013. Napolitano, the first woman to lead the state system, pointed at her accomplishments such as boosting enrollment and expanding community college transfers which she says have put the system on a "solid path forward."
The University of Rhode Island has received its largest-ever donation of $35 million from former CVS CEO Tom Ryan and his wife, Cathy. The money will fund a variety of areas, including scholarships, neuroscience research and athletics.
The free virtual advising program CollegePoint can have some effect on where students go to college, according to two studies. Research shows the program, started by Bloomberg Philanthropies and America Achieves, can help direct slightly more students to institutions that are more selective and to those with higher graduation rates.
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