A new rule planned by the Trump administration would set a fixed maximum time period that international students and scholars can stay in the US, in place of the "duration of status" designation now granted under student and certain other nonimmigrant visas. Jill Welch, the deputy executive director for public policy at NAFSA: Association of International Educators, says the proposed policy would undermine efforts by colleges and universities to attract international students and faculty.
Seven in 10 humanities Ph.D. holders in nonacademic careers say that 15 years after graduation, their degree has prepared them "extremely well" or "very well," according to a new survey by the Council of Graduate Schools. Time seemed to be a factor in satisfaction, the data showed, with 52% of nonacademic Ph.D.s saying they were well prepared when asked three years after completing their program.
A new survey from Witt/Kieffer found that 83% of college and university chief enrollment officers are optimistic about their profession and 64% plan to remain in their roles. Despite feeling pressure to bring in the right students to their institutions, many said they feel supported by their administration.
Data can be a great tool for college and university leaders seeking to increase diversity, equity and inclusion, some institutional experts say. University of California, San Diego, professor Samuel Museus offers a system to make diversity an integral part of recruitment and admissions and not just a "tack on" goal.
Iowa State University has reached its $1.1 billion fundraising goal two years ahead of schedule and is now aiming to raise $1.5 billion by June 2021. President Wendy Wintersteen says the money will help recruit new faculty, implement programs to boost graduation rates and enhance the student experience.
A US District judge on Tuesday allowed to take effect borrower defense rules meant to grant student-loan relief to students defrauded by colleges. Judge Randolph Moss denied a request to delay implementation of the rules after he ruled in September that it was illegal for US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to delay them.
Two annual reports on college pricing and financial aid from The College Board show that sticker prices for four-year public colleges and universities rose slower than inflation, signaling that college prices may be decreasing. One factor contributing to the change may be a recent rise in state funding for institutions, but college costs for public universities still make up 20% of a median family income, the report shows.
A survey of student affairs professionals found that 71% identified as liberal or very liberal, while only 6% indicated they were conservative. Samuel Abrams, a Sarah Lawrence College professor, says the imbalance is a threat to the "open exchange of ideas," but Kevin Kruger, president of NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, says staff are committed to "open dialogue" despite personal views.
College and university leaders can boost the public image of higher education by changing how institutions are funded and how students are financially supported, writes Michael Neitzel, president emeritus of Missouri State University. In this commentary, he outlines how policy changes in funding and scholarships can enhance the value of a degree.
Colleges and universities can improve student outcomes by implementing a "purpose first" philosophy that focuses on providing career assessments and guided pathways to help students prepare for the workforce, according to a report from Complete College America. CCA official Dhanfu Elston says it's vitally important for low-income and first-generation students to have career information integrated into their studies.
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