Data show the average age of an MBA student is 28, but some business schools are reporting an increasing number of older applicants who may be looking to switch careers or gain more experience. Anna Farrus, MBA recruitment and admissions director at IMD Business School in Switzerland, says older MBA students bring valuable experience to classes.
Students of color now comprise more than 45% of undergraduates at US colleges and universities, up from less than 30% 20 years ago, according to a report by the American Council on Education. Achievement gaps remain, however, particularly for black students, who have higher dropout rates and lower six-year completion rates than members of other groups, the report says.
Data from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission show that overall 46% of the state's high-school graduates needed remedial math when entering college, and 33% needed remedial reading courses. Lawmakers expressed concern with the numbers as more students are entering college under the state's Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect programs.
A report shows nearly two-thirds of Native American students reported improvements in self-image and confidence after entering a designated tribal college or university because of the school's focus on tribal culture and languages. The report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement also notes that many of the nearly three dozen TCUs in the US are located in rural areas.
Leaders of California's community-college system are supporting a legislative measure that would provide state funds to cover the gap between financial aid and other student expenses such as housing and books. State Sen. Connie Leyva, the bill's sponsor, said the first-year cost would be $250 million and reach $1.5 billion by 2024.
A $65 million gift from the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation will be used by Emory University to fund construction of a third building for its Rollins School of Public Health. Previous donations from the foundation have helped the Atlanta university build two other facilities.
An analysis of student assault data from several of the largest US public universities shows many of those attacks occur off campus, but discrepancies in the language of proposed new Title IX rules have some concerned that college leaders could be prohibited from investigating such incidents. US Education Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Hill says institutions have discretion to pursue investigations, but some university leaders are seeking clarification.
The overall six-year graduation rate for students who began college in fall 2012 climbed to 58.3%, up from 56.8% of students who started in fall 2011, according to data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Completion rates for black and Hispanic students increased as well to 47.6% and 57.4%, respectively, over the same period.
The closure since 2013 of at least 22 nonprofit four-year institutions has had an economic effect not just on students and faculty, but on the communities that rely on the institutions for jobs and commerce. Daniel Carney, executive director of the Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority in Kentucky, said their community felt the "trickle down" effect of economic fallout when St. Catharine College closed in 2016.