Enrollment officers at some top US colleges and universities, such as Princeton University, are admitting more transfer students to help boost campus diversity. Keith Shaw, director of Princeton's transfer, veteran and nontraditional student programs, says the presence of such students changes campus culture and makes the student body "a little bit more reflective of the broader American public."
For the second straight year, Moody's Investors Service has given higher education a negative credit outlook because of several factors, including low revenue growth from tuition and increased operating expenses. The report noted that many institutions have healthy financial reserves because of endowment returns but would need at least 3% in revenue growth to regain a stable rating.
When offered a job in a new city, professionals must weigh not just their career advancement but how a move would affect their partner and family, says Matthew Bidwell, an associate professor at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. It may be worth asking the new employer for a short-term assignment in the new location to see whether it will work out, Bidwell suggests.
The Trump administration may step up scrutiny of Chinese students applying to attend US colleges and universities, including checking students' social media and personal phones. Senior US officials say they are concerned about potential espionage or theft of intellectual property.
New technology trends predicted to affect higher education in the next one to five years include a greater emphasis on big data, adaptive learning and artificial intelligence, according to the 2018 NMC Horizon Report. Some challenges outlined in the report include increasing digital equity and overcoming economic and political pressures.
Six US senators are asking U.S. News & World Report to change its college and university ranking criteria to more closely meet the goals of federal aid, including access to low-income and minority students. The magazine changed last year's ranking criteria, giving more weight to graduation rates for students receiving Pell Grants.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has taken out an insurance policy for its business and engineering schools that will provide $60 million in coverage if the combined enrollment of Chinese students drops by 18.5% from the previous year. Business-school Dean Jeffrey Brown says the policy "buys us time to respond strategically rather than scrambling."
A study by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that it costs colleges and universities more to teach students in fields such as electrical engineering than in English in terms of faculty pay and class sizes. Researchers say they hope the data will influence state and federal funding policies as institutions prioritize academic fields.
The University of South Carolina's athletic department has raised $28 million of its $30 million goal and has set a new fundraising target of $40 million. The funds will go toward construction of a football operations center and renovations of Williams-Brice Stadium.
A proposed rule change by the Trump administration could result in a 16% increase in the number of H-1B visa recipients who earned a master's degree or higher from a US college or university. The change would mean fewer visas for international students who have not received master's degrees at US institutions or those with advanced degrees from international schools.