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12/12/2018

A federal-level overhaul is needed to improve data on postgraduate employment to help inform prospective students on which degrees to pursue, according to a study from The Institute for College Access & Success. The report recommends improvements be made in state databases and for Congress to standardize job-placement definitions and establish a student-data network.

12/12/2018

An analysis from the Urban Institute finds that 31% of master's students reported taking their program completely online in 2016, compared with 5% who did so in 2000. The data also show that programs are increasingly enrolling a larger percentage of students from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds.

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12/12/2018

Colleges and universities, such as the University of Georgia and the University of Michigan, have begun initiatives to provide increased financial and academic support for students coming from rural areas. Such students can face unique challenges, including stigma over asking for help and dealing with crowded campuses, some students and school officials say.

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National Public Radio
12/12/2018

Colleges and universities can better retain both faculty and students by upgrading technology to help them more efficiently complete their work, writes David Ballard, senior vice president of public sector at SAP Concur. In this commentary, he makes five recommendations, including investing in tools to improve collaboration and automating some paperwork.

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12/12/2018

A study from Georgetown University and New York University's Stern School of Business found that most endowments, including those managed by colleges and universities, would have grown faster if they had invested in US Treasury bonds instead of the stock market. The data show overall the 28,000 endowments studied had an annual median return of 3.75%, which is 1.14 percentage points below the 10-year Treasury bond return.

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CNBC
12/12/2018

The University of Kentucky has received a $10 million donation from Mira Ball, a philanthropist and developer who also served as the university's first female chair of the board of trustees. The money will be used to award scholarships to students from two specific counties in the state.

12/12/2018

Academics who want to work at a community college may achieve tenure sooner, but unlike research institutions, there will not be much support for research or publishing, writes Rob Jenkins, Georgia State University's Perimeter College associate professor. In this commentary, Jenkins outlines some of the challenges of working at a two-year institution.

12/11/2018

Democrats in the US House have proposed two bills that would fight Trump administration policy changes under Title IX and the Clery Act. The Title IX Protection Act would keep the Obama-era policy in place for investigating sexual-assault claims and the Campus Accountability and Safety Act would expand reporting requirements for how institutions are dealing with sexual harassment and assault.

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Politico
12/11/2018

A year-old report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which recently was made public through a Freedom of Information Act request, shows students paid more in bank fees when they had accounts with banks that paid colleges fees to enroll students. While most of the agreements met federal regulations, critics say the government should be doing more to enforce the rules.

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MarketWatch
12/11/2018

High-achieving students from low-income households were more likely to apply to the University of Michigan after receiving information on financial aid, according to a study. Data show that 70% of students who received a personalized mailing applied to the school, compared with 26% of students in a control group, and about 27% enrolled compared with 12% of the control group.

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