Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy's proposed budget would slash funding for the University of Alaska system by 41%, but provide $20 million more in funding for the state's 13 public community colleges. University system President Jim Johnsen says if the largest funding cut in the system's history is approved, it could result in the layoffs of about 1,300 faculty and staff members.
People like to do business with someone who expresses humility about their success, optimism about the future and a sincere interest in others, writes Brad Gibson of event marketing firm Active Production and Design. It's OK to get somewhat personal, because conversations are more memorable if a shared interest outside of work is established.
A survey finds that 80% of students in Generation Z -- those between ages 14 and 23 -- say they believe in the value of a college education and only a quarter say they can have a good career without a degree. The data also show that while this cohort prefers learning via video, only 26% preferred online classes.
Combining three major rankings lists, Poets & Quants has produced a composite ranking of executive MBA programs in the US that puts The University of Chicago Booth School of Business on top, followed by Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. In this commentary, editor John Byrne, recommends all ranking criteria be carefully scrutinized before students apply to a program.
Acceptance rates at the top 10 US business schools increased 1.2% in 2018, while applications dropped nearly 6%, according to an analysis. Alex Min, CEO of The MBA Exchange, says the numbers mean business school is more accessible now than in years before.
Effective leaders use both a reflexive mindset, which allows for quick decisions in a fast-paced environment, and a reflective mindset, which looks at the big picture. "Greater reflective leadership may be the way forward, along with the argument for going a little slower now so we can go much faster in the future," writes Julie Winkle Giulioni.
A report from the US Education Department's inspector general's office has found that the Federal Student Aid office has been lax in overseeing the companies that service approximately $1.4 trillion in federal student loans. Education Department officials disputed the report, which found servicers failed to inform borrowers of repayment options and miscalculated monthly payments.
Despite efforts to diversify STEM fields, a report by the American Council on Education shows 12.5% of black students earning a bachelor's degree in 2016 had a STEM focus, compared with 20.5% of white students and 34.7% of Asian students. The gap also was reflected in graduate degrees, the data show.
A report shows a decline in full-time faculty hires at public master's and doctoral institutions between 2008 and 2016, compared with the relatively steady hiring practices at public baccalaureate institutions over that time. George Mehaffy of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities says master's and doctoral colleges have been hit harder by funding cuts than public flagship universities.
Educause's annual teaching and learning survey found that overall top concerns among higher-education leaders include faculty development and online and blended learning. Providing more faculty training was a top priority at colleges focused on granting associate and master's degrees, while "digital and information literacy" was a top-ranked issue among bachelor's degree-focused institutions, the data show.