US colleges report an increase in reports of past sexual assault and harassment on campus from former students that could be fueled, in part, by the #MeToo movement. Some schools are reacting by dropping time limits on investigations, but many officials say their ability to take action against alleged offenders may be limited.
Adults in California who have some college experience but no degree are less likely to earn more than $75,000 a year, compared with their peers who are community-college graduates, according to a study from California Competes. The report found both structural and financial-aid barriers that prevent adults between ages 25 and 64 in the state from completing degrees.
A study showed 61% of college students felt that they learned better in courses that used open educational resources, with 59% saying the quality of the material was better. The data also showed that classes using OER were more affordable, providing students a minimum of $6.5 million in net savings over two years.
College rankings are not the best resource for students to find the right college for them, according to a study from Stanford University's Graduate School of Education. Researchers say rankings based on data such as graduation rates and class sizes do not focus on factors many students consider important, including future income, well-being and student learning.
The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute within the University of Arkansas System has received a gift of more than $100 million to fund its programs. The donation by the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust is the largest ever given by the trust.
A brief supporting a lawsuit by former for-profit Corinthian Colleges students against US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over alleged fraudulent practices has been filed by the attorneys general of California and seven other states. The lawsuit argues that the department has "unlawfully withheld" student-loan reimbursements.
Gains in population health and innovation have resulted from a multilateral approach to problem-solving, writes Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and co-chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In this commentary, he makes the case for multilateralism and criticizes a recent trend in the US and in Europe toward nationalism.
Seven colleges and universities -- each with their own employer partner or partners -- are piloting the effectiveness of digital credentials. The TeeUpTheSkills program, led by Education Design Lab, is aimed at providing students with skills and credentials that will make them "digitally discoverable" by employers.
Millennials who have never obtained student loans have twice as much saved for retirement by age 30 as millennials who have taken on debt, according to a study by the Center for Retirement Research. The loan amount seems an insignificant factor, the study says, noting "mere existence of the debt is enough to constrain saving."
An anonymous $10 million gift to Wake Forest University will be used to provide extra funding for first-generation students through its Magnolia Scholars program. The gift is part of a larger fundraising effort by the North Carolina institution to raise $1 billion by 2020.
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