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.
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.
Clemson University and the University of South Carolina have spent the most among state agencies on employee travel for the 2018 fiscal year, according to state data released this week. Overall, the data show that colleges and universities were responsible for 69.4% of the total amount South Carolina state agencies spent on travel.
A project coordinated by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities will bring 130 colleges and universities together in 16 clusters to collaborate on boosting completion rates and minimize equity gaps. Over the next five years, the institutions will share and standardize data in such areas as retention and completion to help identify the most effective strategies.
Candidates seeking an entry-level job have an advantage over other applicants if they excel in soft skills such as communication and conscientiousness, writes Ray Bixler, president and CEO of SkillSurvey. Employers also are seeking applicants who exude confidence but aren't afraid to ask questions to clarify duties and tasks, he notes.
A study shows that college freshmen who befriend people with good study habits, or have a studious roommate, tend to slightly increase their grades and spend more time studying. Researchers say the study of Berea College students also show friends and roommates with poor study habits tend to negatively influence other students' grades and study habits.
Introverted people move past their hesitancy with the right motivation, says Jorge Mazal, vice president of product at Duolingo. "I think there are unique challenges to being introverted as a leader, and what motivates me to get out of my shell, to talk to people, is I try to be a leader that serves," he says.
Test scores, grades and the availability of rigorous high-school coursework continue to play key roles in admissions decisions, according to an annual report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling. The report also points out the crucial role of school counselors and notes that often there are too few counselors to handle the number of students in need.
Students with an undergraduate degree in the liberal arts and sciences will be best prepared for the workforce, writes Katherine Rowe, president of the College of William & Mary. In this commentary, she outlines how professionals with a liberal arts education will become the problem-solvers and "business translators" of the future.
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