More than a quarter of female undergraduates at 33 colleges and universities say they've experienced sexual violence since they started college, according to a survey by the Association of American Universities. AAU President Mary Sue Coleman says the results show more students now know how to report assaults, but "they still aren't using these resources often enough."
Nondegree credentials can be considered high quality if they meet four criteria, including evidence of competency, relevance and the ability to be stacked with other credentials, according to a report from the National Skills Coalition. The criteria were created in partnership with 12 states that have developed quality assurance criteria, along with national workforce officials.
Democrats in the US House of Representatives this week are expected to unveil the new College Affordability Act that expands federal student aid, reforms student loans and restores oversight of for-profit colleges and universities. The measure also includes a provision to help states offer free community-college tuition to residents.
Two Democratic lawmakers have introduced a measure that would index Pell Grant amounts to inflation to help cover rising costs. Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nev., calls the Pell a "cornerstone" of college affordability, but says "inflation has made this vital resource less and less valuable with each passing year."
West Virginia University President Gordon Gee believes higher education must pursue "educational excellence" and "reject the relentless pursuit of money and prestige" that keeps college inaccessible to some students. Gee, during an address this week, said colleges and universities must "build bridges instead of walls."
Colleges and universities can use artificial intelligence in many ways, including to enhance personalized learning for students, gather data and create chatbots to offer guidance, writes AI expert Lasse Rouhiainen. Some challenges remain, including oversight and data transparency, he writes in this commentary.
Federal spending on higher education, mainly aimed at student aid and research, has increased over the past 20 years, while state spending, which supports institutional operations, has fallen, a new report from Pew Charitable Trusts shows. Associate manager Rebecca Thiess says the data shows little coordination between state and federal policymakers and often results in higher tuition for students.
Davidson College is piloting a coding boot camp that incorporates liberal arts and soft skills to enhance students' career possibilities. The program, held in San Francisco, includes field trips to nearby technology companies, such as Slack and LinkedIn, to give students real-world experience.
Colleges and universities can enhance face-to-face engagement with online students in several ways, including mandating on-campus residencies, requiring group projects, and arranging phone or video meetings between students, writes Curtis Newbold, an associate professor at Westminster College in Utah. "Isolation should rarely happen in confluent online programs," he notes in this commentary.
Technology can be used to enhance learning outcomes for students only if there are clear goals, the data to measure them and a focus on active learning, writes Stephen Kosslyn, president and CEO of Foundry College. "To achieve these ends, faculty and administrators must decide that successful teaching is a crucial goal and be willing to devote the time, energy, and resources necessary to achieve it," he writes in this commentary.