Ohio Wesleyan University will use an anonymous, record-breaking $10 million donation to help fund construction of new student housing and renovation of an historic on-campus building. The donation is part of an ongoing capital campaign that has already raised $23.56 million.
The underemployment rate for workers aged 22 to 27 was 41.3% as of March, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. More graduates also are taking jobs that don't require a degree because they may actually pay more than jobs that do, notes economist Andrew Chamberlain.
Joseph Harroz, Jr., University of Oklahoma's interim president, says he will focus on improving inclusion on campus after several recent racially charged events. Harroz has met with the campus diversity council and says he'll confer with faculty and staff to be "proactive" in preventing any further incidents.
Under a new federal pilot program, colleges and universities will be able to provide off-campus employment for students using Federal Work-Study benefits. The US Education Department also has announced its intention to expand Second Chance Pell Grants given to incarcerated students.
Research shows that the further one lives from a public college or university, the less likely the person is to pursue a degree, a fact that disproportionately affects black and Hispanic students and those from low-income households. University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher Nick Hillman says a boost in Pell Grants to cover transportation costs could improve enrollment numbers.
Banning alcohol from sporting and recruitment events or from being sold on campus are among the most effective strategies to curb student drinking, according to a study. The least effective methods include keg registration and prohibiting hard liquor in campus dorms, the data shows.
Clif Smart, president of Missouri State University, says the best leaders are those who are open to hearing new ideas from others and who pay it forward by mentoring novice leaders. In this Q&A, Smart, who has led the school for eight years, says the best advice he's received was to get on social media and make personal connections with students.
A group of Democratic senators has introduced a measure that would seek to reduce college remediation by aligning high-school courses with higher-education academic requirements. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Doug Jones, D-Ala., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., would provide grants to develop articulation agreements and other statewide programs to minimize remediation.
Conferences, LinkedIn, alumni associations and past professors and mentors are all good places to begin networking after graduating from college, writes career coach Hallie Crawford. "Choose two or three personal details to share with new connections, such as what attracted you to the industry and what you hope to contribute to it as a professional," she advises.
Hard conversations can be handled better by displaying vulnerability, being clear about the type of conversation taking place and using open-ended statements to respect the other person's emotions, writes Jenn Lofgren. "You might need to have a series of conversations instead of trying to push for a result in a single discussion," she writes.