Stanford University, for the fourth straight year, sits atop the World's Most Innovative Universities list produced by Reuters. The rankings, which list the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University as second and third, respectively, recognizes institutions that advance science, invent technologies and create industries.
California's new Online Community College will focus on enrolling 2.5 million "stranded" adult workers in the state ages 25 and older, says California Community Colleges System Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley. The online school features flexible start times, low tuition and competency-based courses to help adult learners earn their degree, Oakley says.
The Ohio Department of Higher Education has created an online tool that allows businesses to easily access resources, expertise and research from several of the state's public colleges and universities. The Ohio Innovation Exchange will help higher education continue to be a driver for innovation, says Charles See, the department's vice chancellor for external relations and education technology.
George Mason University President Angel Cabrera is pledging to increase transparency after a committee found problems with 29 of 300 agreements between donors and the university. The review comes after Cabrera announced early in the year that some donor agreements had not met his expectations around academic independence.
A report from the National Center for Education Statistics found that 57% of ninth-grade students overestimated college costs, and a quarter of them thought college was too expensive. The data show that by 11th grade, students are more likely to overestimate the cost of college, with low-income students particularly at risk for misunderstanding college costs.
Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson says college and university leaders can improve the public's view of higher education by ensuring that they're giving students what they need to succeed in the working world. During a speech this week, Wilson said faculty should have the flexibility to collaborate with businesses to create a curriculum that gives students the skills they need.
California State University this fall ended no-credit remedial classes and replaced them with credit-bearing, two-semester-long courses that teach the material at a slower pace. The move is part of an effort to boost graduation rates from the current 59% to 70% by 2025.
Since implementing a holistic admissions policy, Louisiana State University has exceeded, by nearly double, the percentage of students admitted by exceptions allowed by the state's commissioner for higher education. Students accepted with scores lower than minimum state admissions standards grew to 7.5%, the university reported, higher than the 4% allowed by the Board of Regents.
A report released by Pearson and higher-education expert Jeff Selingo recommends that higher-education leaders use segmentation to personalize campus services and academics. The report identifies five categories of students that leaders should focus on, including traditional, career and skeptical learners.
Cedarville University in Ohio has received a $3.1 million gift from the estate of Roger and Charlotte Kuriger. The donation, the largest estate gift ever received by the school, will support its graduate nursing program and undergraduate accounting program.