A survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers found organizations are ready to hire nearly 11% more college graduates than they did in 2018. Those graduating with STEM-based degrees in areas such as engineering and computer science are in the most demand, the data show.
More high-schoolers are considering postgraduation opportunities outside of enrolling in a four-year college -- in part, because of high demand for workers in the skilled trades. Matt Liberatore, director of professional learning and student services at Arlington Heights-based Township High School District 214, says another consideration is the cost of a degree.
The prevalence of anxiety among college students doubled nationwide between 2008 and 2016, according to a University of California at Berkeley study. Researchers say financial pressures and a rising use of digital devices play a role in the uptick.
Some colleges and universities, including Michigan State University and The University of Oklahoma, are offering students free or low-cost housing during the summer months to help them finish their degrees on time and incur less debt. The arrangement also can help colleges keep students enrolled over the summer instead of seeking lower-cost classes at community colleges.
A four-year, $87 million federal grant will be used by the University of Kentucky to develop interventions in 16 counties aimed at reducing opioid deaths by 40%. The grant, the largest in the school's history, will help researchers identify evidence-based treatments.
Introverts tend to thrive during one-on-ones and often find it's easier to initiate conversations at networking events by arriving early or staying late, when the energy is calmer, writes Michelle Tillis Lederman, CEO of Executive Essentials. Volunteering at these events helps less-outgoing people by providing them "purpose and permission to talk with people."
Seven of the 10 colleges that received $5.4 billion in GI Bill payments in 2017 spent less than a third of fees and tuition to fund academic instruction, according to a report from Veterans Education Success. Most of the schools were for-profit institutions, with Colorado Technical University allocating the lowest amount to instruction -- just 8.2% of gross tuition and fees -- the data show.
Some business schools are responding to changes in student demand by investing in online courses or adjusting their curricula to focus on high-growth areas, such as data science and health care. "Companies are reaching a point where they require someone with an MBA skill set to continue growing," says Liza Kirkpatrick, senior director of the Full-Time Career Management Center at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
A survey of recruiters and students enrolled in either college or a credential program shows recruiters want potential employees to possess technical skills, know the industry they're entering and be good at networking, whether they hold a college degree or a credential. The data also show that 62% of recruiters are confident potential hires have the skills they seek, while only 39% of students felt "very prepared" for the workforce.
Nontraditional community-college students need more convenient times and locations to receive academic and student services as well as clear guidance on course selection, according to a report from educational consulting firm EAB. With an improving job market, community colleges need more strategies to recruit and retain such students, the report's authors note.