Clemson University and the University of South Carolina have spent the most among state agencies on employee travel for the 2018 fiscal year, according to state data released this week. Overall, the data show that colleges and universities were responsible for 69.4% of the total amount South Carolina state agencies spent on travel.
A project coordinated by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities will bring 130 colleges and universities together in 16 clusters to collaborate on boosting completion rates and minimize equity gaps. Over the next five years, the institutions will share and standardize data in such areas as retention and completion to help identify the most effective strategies.
Candidates seeking an entry-level job have an advantage over other applicants if they excel in soft skills such as communication and conscientiousness, writes Ray Bixler, president and CEO of SkillSurvey. Employers also are seeking applicants who exude confidence but aren't afraid to ask questions to clarify duties and tasks, he notes.
A study shows that college freshmen who befriend people with good study habits, or have a studious roommate, tend to slightly increase their grades and spend more time studying. Researchers say the study of Berea College students also show friends and roommates with poor study habits tend to negatively influence other students' grades and study habits.
Introverted people move past their hesitancy with the right motivation, says Jorge Mazal, vice president of product at Duolingo. "I think there are unique challenges to being introverted as a leader, and what motivates me to get out of my shell, to talk to people, is I try to be a leader that serves," he says.
Test scores, grades and the availability of rigorous high-school coursework continue to play key roles in admissions decisions, according to an annual report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling. The report also points out the crucial role of school counselors and notes that often there are too few counselors to handle the number of students in need.
Students with an undergraduate degree in the liberal arts and sciences will be best prepared for the workforce, writes Katherine Rowe, president of the College of William & Mary. In this commentary, she outlines how professionals with a liberal arts education will become the problem-solvers and "business translators" of the future.
The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, will use a $23.7 million donation from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation to hire top research faculty and fund initiatives to boost economic development in the state. Some of the money from the five-year grant will go toward research with commercialization potential that could result in patents for the university, officials say.
Candidates within and outside of academia can highlight their experiences on a resume by using categories instead of a chronological listing, writes David McDonald, associate director of graduate services at Duke University Career Center. Cover letters and teaching statements also can be used as narratives of skills that show a candidate is a good fit for the job, he advises.
Data show a 10-percentage-point boost in the number of college-age students who voted in the midterm elections, compared with the 2014 elections, with about 31% of individuals between ages 18 and 29 who cast ballots. Researchers said young people showed "newfound levels of engagement" in this year's elections.