A lawsuit filed this week against US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos accuses the Education Department of not granting loan relief to students who allege they were defrauded by colleges, even though a judge last month ordered an end to delays. DeVos has delayed so-called borrower defense rules, and the department has said they will now go into effect in July 2020.
Only 19% of black and Latino high-school students attend selective public colleges, even though 340,000 of them score above average on admissions tests, compared with 31% of white high-scoring students who attend such schools, a report finds. Researchers conclude that such disparities exacerbate racial inequity in US society.
A survey of American Association of Community Colleges member institutions found that nearly 83% saw an increase in enrollment of Pell Grant recipients last summer -- compared with the previous summer -- after the federal government reinstated year-round grants. The data also showed that 70% of the schools are using the year-round grants as a marketing tool to attract students.
International students "create economic value and jobs" and should be made to feel welcome in the US and at US colleges and universities, writes George Mason University President Angel Cabrera. In this commentary, he notes the ongoing decline in new international enrollments, which he attributes in part to federal immigration policies, and explains how other countries are benefiting.
Business owner and University of Massachusetts Lowell alumnus Brian Rist is donating $5 million to help his alma mater reach its $125 million fundraising goal ahead of schedule. The gift, the largest in the school's history, will go to help fund areas such as student scholarships.
The first-round interview for an academic job will likely feature more general questions to screen for fit, but the on-campus interview can be expected to be more in-depth, writes Karen Kelsky, founder and president of The Professor Is In. In this commentary, she outlines how academics can prepare if they advance from the first round.
A report highlights the importance of liberal arts skills and degrees in the workforce and how colleges can best teach such skills and employers can improve recruitment of such students. Rob Sentz, chief innovation officer at Emsi and co-author of the report, says the research shows "the integration of human and technical skills" will best prepare students to succeed in the workplace.
Black students who were taught by at least two black teachers by third grade were 32% more likely to go to college than peers who did not encounter black teachers, according to a Johns Hopkins University study. A second study by many of the same researchers also showed black teachers often have higher expectations of black students, especially in subjects such as math and reading, than their white counterparts.
More than 40,000 veterans who are disabled are qualified to have their student loans discharged because of their inability to work, according to data from the US Education Department. However, information obtained by Veterans Education Success found that 25,000 of those service members are in default, and only 8,500 have applied for loan discharges.
New international student enrollment at US colleges for the 2017-18 school year dropped 6.6% from last year, following a 3.3% decline in the previous school year, a report from the Institute of International Education finds. Several factors played a role in the decline, including tightened US immigration policies and the rising cost of a college degree, the report shows.
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