Colleges and universities must strive to embody Martin Luther King Jr.'s assertion that education must instill "intelligence plus character," says Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, president of Oakland University in Michigan. Pescovitz, who saw King give his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963, also notes some reasons she's optimistic for the future.
Research from the Federal Reserve shows that rural students who have the most college debt are more likely to move to bigger cities to find higher-paying jobs. The study also shows that two-thirds of students who had not taken out loans remained in rural areas six years later while about half of their peers with loans had moved away.
A new survey of employers by the Graduate Management Admission Council found that 78% say they will hire recent MBA graduates this year, up from 77% in 2018. "It's clear from our data that more talent from business schools is needed to fuel company growth -- which then leads to economic growth in any given region," GMAC board Chairman Bill Boulding said.
Visa delays and denials, high tuition costs and stricter immigration policies are cited for making the US seem less welcoming to international students, says Rachel Banks, public policy director at NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Data from the Institute of International Education show new international student enrollment declined by 6.6% in the 2017-18 academic year -- a trend that is seen as continuing this year.
College and university leaders can foster a sense of belonging and improved mental health in students by diversifying faculty and staff and creating ways for students to communicate about race and identity, according to a report based on a survey of alumni from the Knowledge is Power Program. The report also recommends making it easier for students to find support and conducting regular surveys on student well-being.
Engage in conversation at networking events rather than quickly shaking hands, handing out business cards and going to the next person, Zack Friedman explains. The purpose of networking events is to meet new people and build long-term connections.
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Purdue University has established Purdue Online to manage online class offerings at the Indiana institution's campuses as well as those at Purdue Global, formerly the for-profit Kaplan University. The move comes as Purdue is expanding the university's online programs, which mainly offer master's degrees, plus new and existing programs offered through Purdue Global.
Canadian business schools are working to recruit more women into MBA programs amid a recent Forte Foundation report, which showed that women make up between 31% and 40% of MBA students at the foundation's four Canadian member institutions. "The schools that embrace innovation in gender approaches and have the corporate, faculty and alumni invested are seeing the greatest success," said foundation CEO Elissa Sangster.